2011 Land Rover LR2 - First Look

By KBB.com Editors on August 4, 2010 1:59 PM

Smallest and most affordable member of its go-anywhere lineup, the 2011 Land Rover LR2 will roll into dealerships this fall sporting a number of visual and functional enhancements, both inside and out.

The most obvious LR2 change is seen in its restyled front fascia which has been revamped to be more in line with its bigger, LR4 kin. A new twin-element Bright Finish expanded-mesh grille insert is flanked by new halogen headlamps and bolder foglamp bezels. Side sills, the rear fascia cover and various other body bits have gone from black to body color for 2011, and out back, the LR2's taillamps get a more distinctive appearance thanks to clear inner lens elements bordered by a black surround. In addition to new alloy wheels -- 18-inch standard or optional 19-inch -- the LR2's exterior color palette has been expanded to include Kosrae Green, Baltic Blue and Fuji White. Those with a particularly keen eye for detail will also note that the Land Rover logo gets a redo for 2011, swapping gold-on- green motif for a purportedly "more contemporary" bright silver-on-green execution.

Inside the Land Rover LR2's cabin, a redesigned instrument cluster adds more legibility and style to the gauge cluster while new color and trim treatments further step up its overall visual appeal. The standard perforated Napoli leather upholstery is replaced by New Windsor hide in the upline LUX Package, which in addition to adding a bit more elegance also raises the power assist on the front buckets from six-way/four-way to eight-way/six-way adjustability.

For 2011, European buyers will be able to choose a new turbodiesel engine option and a first-ever front-drive configuration in the LR2's alter-ego, the Freelander. However, either will be offered in the U.S., where our LR2 will continue to be fitted with 230-horsepower/3.2-liter inline-six backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Like the current vehicle, the 2011 Land Rover LR2 boasts Land Rover's supremely capable four-wheel drive system that incorporates state-of-the-art Terrain Response technology. Intended to keep the stylish five-passenger SUV on course regardless of surface conditions it encounters, this multi-mode assist oversees the vehicle's myriad stability/traction and anti-lock brake functions and automatically adjusts them as required. It also engages features like Hill Descent Control (HDC), Gradient Release Control and Engine Drag Control (EDC).

Pricing and official EPA numbers for the 2011 Land Rover LR2 will be released at a later date.

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