Evoqued: 2013 Land Rover LR2 Replaces I-6 with Turbo I-4

August 23, 2012
2013 Land Rover LR2 Euro Spec In Motion Closer View
The Land Rover LR2 has seemed neglected by the automaker, but that’s about to change. Land Rover has announced that the LR2 (that's Freelander 2 to you Europeans) will receive an update for 2013, which includes the Range Rover Evoque's 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4.
The biggest update to the 2013 Land Rover LR2 is the addition of the Evoque's four-banger under the hood. There's no difference in power output between the Evoque and new 2013 LR2; the direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 makes a healthy 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. The turbo-four replaces the LR2's old 3.2-liter 230-hp and 234 lb-ft of torque I-6. Land Rover conservatively estimates a 0-60 mph time of 8.2 seconds.
The lighter engine will improve the LR2's fuel economy, though Land Rover has yet to release any consumption estimates. The outgoing LR2 with the I-6 was EPA rated at 15/22 mpg city/highway, while the LR2's new four-pot is rated at 18/28 mpg under the hood of the Evoque. As before, the LR2's engine is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive.
Outside, the 2013 Land Rover LR2's changes are minor; it gets revised headlights and taillights. Inside the 2013 LR2 gets a more modern interior. The center stack is entirely new, and comes with a 7-inch touch screen. The Terrain Response dial is replaced with buttons to mimic the Evoque’s layout. The LR2 also gets a new instrument panel similar to that of the Evoque and Range Rover Sport, with a 5-inch color information screen flanked by the speedometer and tachometer. The LR2 will also have a standard leather interior, rearview camera with hitch assist, and optional 825-watt 17-speaker sound system.
The base 2013 Land Rover LR2 will start at $37,250, the LR2 HSE at $39,750, and the fully loaded LR2 HSE LUX at $42,350. Those prices are $700-$850 above the 2012 Land Rover LR2, but still far below the base-model Range Rover Evoque four-door, which carries a $43,995 base price.
Source: Land Rover


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