The new 2013 Land Rover LR2 redesign isn’t getting nearly the press or attention that has been given to the 2013 Range Rover, and understandably so. The LR2 (or Freelander 2) has lost some of its small-SUV appeal following the introduction of the Range Rover Evoque, but some exterior refinements and a new engine are sure to keep this model relevant for years to come.
The new LR2 features a new front grille finish and boasts a new, modern-looking set of head lamps, tail lamps and fog lights. New alloy wheel designs are available, as are three new exterior paint options: Aintree Green, Havana and Mauritius Blue.
Interior changes include a redesigned center console that houses a 7-inch color touch screen, a new instrument cluster, and rear view camera. The LR2 also boasts "Passive Start" that supplants the old the key docking system, and a new, ‘Say What You See’ voice activation system, which lets drivers control audio, climate, navigation and phone systems all with the sound of their voice.
However the most significant update to the Land Rover LR2 comes in the form of power plant. The U.S. LR2 will be replacing the old model’s 3.2-liter V6 with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo found in current Evoque models. This engine upgrade will boost the LR2 power specs to 240hp and 250 ft-lbs of torque – an increase of 10hp and 16 lb-ft, respectively.
Admittedly, the changes to the 2013 LR2 are subtle, but the engine upgrade is welcomed; not to mention the LR2 figures to be the cheapest Land Rover in the fleet. The LR2 plans to retail at $37,250 for the base model, making it an incredibly well appointed SUV for the price.
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