November 15, 2006
Land Rover's compact/entry-level model is new for 2007, with both gas and diesel engines available for world markets and potentially, for the U.S. in the future. Standard in the U.S. is a 3.2-liter in-line six, with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel available elsewhere. Combined city/highway mileage for the diesel is a claimed 37.7 mpg while the gas engine (with standard six-speed automatic) is good for 25.2 mpg, combined. Although the gas engine only comes with an automatic transmission, the diesel engine may be ordered with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. The all-new exterior of the five-door LR2 resembles its bigger brothers, the LR3 and Range Rover Sport; it's smoother and less boxy than previously with styling touches such as dual fender vents that first appeared on the Range Rover adding to the more aggressive posture. Both storage and passenger space have increased, too -- though the LR2's exterior dimensions are only slightly larger than the previous model's. New features and options include keyless starter button, bi-xenon headlamps, adaptive front lighting, rain-sensing wipers and park distance control (front and rear). A two-part panoramic sunroof is also available and air conditioning is standard on all models. A full color touch-screen DVD satellite navigation system is available. The choice of top-level audio systems includes DAB digital radio and 12-speaker Dolby Pro Logic IIx Surround Sound with fiber-optic interconnects. An auxiliary audio connection (for iPods and other MP3 players) is standard on all versions. A full-time four-wheel-drive system with a Haldex center differential and Gradient Release Control (as well as standard Terrain Response system on all but base models) form the basis of the LR2's off-road credentials. However, the system does not include four-wheel-drive Low gearing, as in the previous model.