2011 Land Rover LR2/Freelander 2
Land Rover LR2/Freelander 2
Land Rover is taking a bold step with this new LR2/Freelander 2. The new machine breaks away from the norm, as Land Rover will offer a front-wheel drive setup. That’s kind of like Porsche offering an SUV; it’s just plain wrong. The front-wheel drive setup will be the only option on this diesel model. Of course, we probably won’t even see it considering diesel models never make it to our shores.
We should see these new vehicles in the UK by the end of September packing a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel with 150 horsepower. If you’re upset at the fact that the new Freelander will get front-wheel drive, take this fact in for a moment. With the diesel motor and a manual transmission, the Land Rover will be able to get 38 miles per gallon.
If you live in the United States and you want some of this front-wheel drive Land Rover action, then you’re going to have to wait for the Evoque.
The Land Rover will be offered with all-wheel drive as well, but at the penalty of around 5 mpg. There will also be a 190 horsepower petrol motor, but it will only be offered with an automatic.
On the outside, the LR2/Freelander 2 gets an overhaul in the looks department. There is a new bumper cap with redone fog lamps, a revised grille, and updated headlights and taillights. If you are having trouble noticing the changes, it’s not a big deal, we did too.
Inside, the Land Rover gets reworked gauges, seats, carpets, and storage. We were hoping for a bigger update than this, but it’s not bad.
Hit the jump for the press release.