The Land Rover LR2 will step in early next year for the late, unlamented Freelander. The LR2 is powered by Volvo's new 3.2-liter in-line six, which will make 230 hp and 234 lb-ft of torque. The transversely mounted engine is hitched to a six-speed manu-matic. Four-wheel drive and LR3-style Terrain Response system are standard. Inside, the five-seat SUV comes with keyless ignition, an oversize sunroof, and power seats. Options include navigation, swiveling headlights, and Bluetooth. Safety is enhanced by standard stability control with rollover mitigation and front, side, and side curtain air bags, plus a driver's knee air bag. We're eager to see if the LR2 betters its predecessor as much as the LR3 did the Discovery. The LR2 will have to if it hopes to take on the BMW X3, the Acura RDX, and a host of new premium small SUVs coming out in the next few years.
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