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Land Rover will give the compact SUV market another try for 2007 when it replaces the slow-selling Freelander sport-ute with a new entry that grows bigger and more powerful but alphanumerically shorter into a new nameplate, LR2.

 

The outgoing Freelander has been a problem child in the U.S. Land Rover lineup from the day it joined up in 2001. Already out in Europe since the late 1990s, the Freelander went on sale in America halfway through its life cycle, seeming dated and small next to the grand Range Rover. Worse, no market really existed for premium compact SUVs, and Land Rover lacked the marketing clout to convince shoppers that smaller, richer SUVs were a reasonable alternative to mid- and full-size utes in an era of $1-a-gallon gas.

 

Now, with gas prices rising, SUV buyers are shifting their sights to smaller crossovers. And as it hits the market, the LR2 will have some high-profile competition to help it draw attention to the whole notion of downsized utes with full-sized off-road capability. The compact-luxury SUV segment is predicted to grow as large as 500,000 units a year in short order with the arrivals of the LR2, the new Acura RDX, yet-unnamed Audi and VW compact utes, and the continuing presence of the BMW X3.

 

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The LR2 visually succeeds with styling derived from the Range Rover Sport, though it also bears a passing resemblance to the Ford Freestyle, the Honda CR-V, and even the outgoing Freelander, though side by side it’s clearly thicker and more grounded than its more delicate predecessor.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
2015 Land Rover LR2 AWD 4-Door

Remarkably comfy on long trips

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I'm an Aussie and have the (unavailable in US) 2.2L diesel (the 150hp, not the 190hp). Torque is incredible at 420nm (310 ft/lb). Economy is about 35-40mpg for the diesel. It is a genuine off-road vehicle... + More »
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Sunday, January 17, 2016
2013 Land Rover LR2 AWD 4-Door HSE

Sharp capable vehicle that is a joy to drive

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I just picked my 2013 up recently due to the fact that I tend to gravitate toward nicer luxury brands but needed something that was comfortable and able to handle the harsh winters of Western NY. I found a LR2... + More »
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Thursday, April 16, 2015
For 2011 Land Rover LR2

Highway comfort and genuine off-road

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We have the diesel TD4 (not available in the US) which has a low-power/huge-torque (110kw/420nm) 2.2litre motor. The only(!) disappointment has been real-world economy; advertised was 7.0/L/100k combined... + More »
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