Pretoria - Land Rover's new limited-edition Freelander XS (and we do mean limited - just 32 have been allocated to South Africa) lacks the heavy-duty ironwork and garish graphics of some recent limited-edition off-roader, but that doesn't mean it isn't special.

All you will see on the outside is a distinctive LED signature to its halogen headlights, dark grey grille, side vents and exclusive 17" alloys, complemented by body door handles, mirror housings, rear bumper and door sills, and discreet XS badges.

Inside, however, it's a different story.

There you'll find a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a USB port for multimedia connectivity, electrically adjustable seats with partial leather trim and fold-down armrests in front, as well as a central armrest with integrated storage and cup-holders for rear-seat occupants.


For those who want to go further, there's an upgrade pack comprising a 320 Watt, 11-speaker Meridian audio system, Bluetooth phone interface and Extended Navigation that maps every McDonald’s between here and Nairobi.

The XS is available only with the 140kW/420Nm, 2.2-litre SD4 turbodiesel and six-speed sequential automatic transmission, at R512 600, including a five-year or 100 000km maintenance plan; the upgrade pack costs an extra R23 000.