The LR2, Land Rover's baby model until the Evoque goes into production, receives a few updates for the 2011 model year. The changes to the 2011 Land Rover LR2 are minimal, but adopt Land Rover's new familial styling.
The biggest change for the 2011 LR2 lies in the powertrain. In other world markets, Land Rover has made the revised LR2 its first model available with front-wheel drive. In the U.S., though, Land Rover will still only offer four-wheel drive and one engine choice. The 3.2-liter I-6 has been recalibrated to meet new emissions standards, but power output remains unchanged at 230 horsepower and 234 pound-feet of torque. The standard six-speed automatic has also been redone for greater fuel efficiency, which we expect to surpass the 2010 LR2's 17 mpg combined EPA rating.
The LR2 is still a Land Rover, and our four-wheel-drive only models will continue to come standard with Terrain Response system, which lets the driver vary suspension, traction control, and brake settings by rotating a knob.
You're forgiven if you can't immediately spot the 2011 LR2 from a 2010. Styling updates, kept to a minimum, include a more angular front fascia and larger side view mirrors. A new two-bar grille that mimics the grille of the LR4, revised fog light bezels, and new halogen headlights give the revised LR2 a more masculine stance. Three new colors (Kosrae Green, Baltic Blue, and Fuji White), new aluminum alloy wheels, and a new green rather than gold Land Rover badge complete the exterior changes.
Changes inside the revised LR2 are also minimal, with the addition of a new instrument cluster and leather choices. Napoli leather remains standard on the base and Plus LR2 models, but New Windsor leather now comes standard on uplevel LR2 Lux models. In addition to adding a new leather style, Land Rover revised the leather color choices which now include ebony, tan, and ivory, all of which come with ebony door inserts with contrasting stitching (either tan or ivory). Silver and wood finishes are still available, along with a new optional Black Lacquer Finish, which also carries over onto the steering wheel switchgear.
Given the (un-)likelihood that most LR2s will ever see a trail, and consumers' fuel economy concerns, we think Land Rover should bring the two-wheel-drive LR2 to the States as well. What do you think? Should Land Rover give U.S. buyers the option of a front-wheel-drive LR2?
Source: Land Rover