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MaxTorque



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Metropolis or Not? - That is the question

Hi everyone,

I am about to take delivery of a new Land Rover Freelander 2 Metropolis which I have ordered from my local dealership.
I went to view the car today as it had arrived onsite at the dealership and was surprised to see that the vehicle was badged as an HSE Lux and not the Metropolis I was expecting. The salesman was as surprised as I was and looked up the details on his computer. According to the VIN number the car was built in August 2014 so falls well within the timeline for the Metropolis production schedule.

I am concerned that I am not going to get what I ordered. Can anyone explain why this would be badged in this way? Is the HSE Lux specification an identical specification to a Metropolis?
Is it possible that the car has been built for export?
Should I be concerned about this anomaly?

Post #235855 25th Sep 2014 12:37 am
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stownrow



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That is strange.... Two ways to tell if it's a MY15:

- on the headlamps under the indicator it should be black not white
- tyre pressure monitoring (silver dust caps rather than black)

Hope this helps..... 

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Badger1970



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The latter. They are only called Metropolis in the UK and Russia. I would suggest that if the clocks are in MPH and not KMH, then accept it. Personally, would far rather it was called what it actually is, ie HSE Lux, than some poncy run-out name. You might want to check with TOPiX and DVLA how they have it recorded as well, as may throw up an issue when you come to insure it.

Enjoy it. Thumbs Up Foraging near Gaydon....
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MY13 HSE Lux SD4, Baltic Blue - current, 30,000> miles without fault
MY12 HSE 2.2 SD4, Sumatra Black - gone after 10 months/43,000 fault-free miles

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Badger1970



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stownrow wrote:
tyre pressure monitoring (silver dust caps rather than black)


AFAIK, TPMS is only fitted to cars destined for the North American market.....I may be wrong with MY2015 though. Foraging near Gaydon....
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MY13 HSE Lux SD4, Baltic Blue - current, 30,000> miles without fault
MY12 HSE 2.2 SD4, Sumatra Black - gone after 10 months/43,000 fault-free miles

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stownrow



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Hi badger.
TPMS is a UK MY15 addition across the range Thumbs Up 

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Purplemadboy



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My poncy metroplois has TPMS Do it now ! Your a long time dead !!

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Badger1970



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stownrow wrote:
Hi badger.
TPMS is a UK MY15 addition across the range Thumbs Up


Thanks for the confirmation Thumbs Up Foraging near Gaydon....
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MY13 HSE Lux SD4, Baltic Blue - current, 30,000> miles without fault
MY12 HSE 2.2 SD4, Sumatra Black - gone after 10 months/43,000 fault-free miles

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MaxTorque



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stownrow wrote:
That is strange.... Two ways to tell if it's a MY15:

- on the headlamps under the indicator it should be black not white
- tyre pressure monitoring (silver dust caps rather than black)

Hope this helps.....


Hi stownrow,
Thanks for these two useful points, I will have a look and see if these features are present on the vehicle.

From what I am reading it would appear that the Metropolis and HSE Lux are identical vehicles in terms of specification and it is purely a marketing exercise to re-badge the model

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MaxTorque



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Badger1970 wrote:
The latter. They are only called Metropolis in the UK and Russia. I would suggest that if the clocks are in MPH and not KMH, then accept it. Personally, would far rather it was called what it actually is, ie HSE Lux, than some poncy run-out name. You might want to check with TOPiX and DVLA how they have it recorded as well, as may throw up an issue when you come to insure it.

Enjoy it. Thumbs Up


Hi Badger1970,

I agree with your sentiment on the badging, in actual fact the HSE Lux badge looks rather smarter than the Metropolis badge on the vehicle.

What can I check in TOPiX? I have looked at the web page but it would appear you have to be a dealer or independent trader to gain access to anything useful

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By registering as an individual with no payment needed, you will be able to input your VIN and access every detail of the build including any outstanding problems.

Last edited by EYorkshire on 25th Sep 2014 9:57 am. Edited 1 time in total

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Badger1970



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You are absolutely correct. It is no more than that. From a personal perspective, if you ask anyone who knows Land Rovers or Range Rovers of any sort (Defender excluded), they all know what you are talking about when you say HSE. The same cannot be said of 'Metropolis', so IF I was replacing mine now and it came with that badge on the Tailgate, the first thing that I would do is remove it and replace it with this:

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Personal opinion,naturally, before any Metropolis owners spit the dummy....

Admin note: this post has had its images recovered from a money grabbing photo hosting site and reinstated Mr. Green  Foraging near Gaydon....
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MY13 HSE Lux SD4, Baltic Blue - current, 30,000> miles without fault
MY12 HSE 2.2 SD4, Sumatra Black - gone after 10 months/43,000 fault-free miles

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MaxTorque



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EYorkshire wrote:
By registering as an individual with no payment needed, you will be able to input your VIN and access every detail of the build including any outstanding problems.


Hi EYorkshire,

Thanks for the tip, I will have a look and see what is listed

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