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2013 Land Rover LR2 Spy Shots

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With the financial backing of Indian parent company Tata Motors, Land Rover now has the freedom to expand its lineup with new models that previously would have been too costly.

Land Rover is currently working on latest hybrid technology as well as a brand new Range Rover flagship and additional variants of the compact Range Rover Evoque, but before their arrival we should be seeing a facelift of the aging LR2 to see the vehicle to the end of its long lifecycle.

Seen here testing in prototype form, the updated LR2, or Freelander as it’s known elsewhere, should be arriving towards the end of this year as a 2013 model.

Expect to see some minor revisions to the front fascias and lighting, including LED daytime running lights for the first time. The interior should also be given a revamp to bring it line with some of Land Rover’s newer models.

At this moment it’s unclear of the updated 2013 LR2 will continue with the current model’s 3.2-liter inline-six engine, good for 230 horsepower, or switch to the Range Rover Evoque’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit, which delivers a healthy 240 horsepower. Given the higher output of the smaller engine, it makes sense to replace the again six-cylinder, although Land Rover may choose to wait until the next-generation of the LR2 to update its drivetrain.

 Land Rover’s superb Terrain Response system, however, should remain and other markets will still have a diesel option.
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  1. "a facelift of the ageing LR2 to see it to the end of its long lifecycle."
    The LR2 that you refer to in this article is in fact the Freelander 2. A vehicle that is less than four years old. How can this possibly be described as an ageing vehicle?
     
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  2. @Tony Black,
    The Freelander 2 is called the LR2 in America, not to be confused with the Discovery LR2. Then when Land Rover switched to the Discovery LR3, the 2nd gen Freelander became the LR2- quite confusing.
    It is an ageing vehicle, as the current one is really just a major facelift to the original Freelander. This means the 2011 model is a facelifted version of a car that's already facelifted.
    Still just an expensive Ford Escape (a platform that goes back to the 1990s).
     
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  3. @Michael Escobar
    The LR2 (Freelander 2) is a completely new SUV from the old Freelander 1. The LR2 is based on a Volvo platform with a Volvo i6 engine ( Shared with XC60, XC90, S80, Fusion, Taurus X) not the Escape. The Original Freelander(released in Europe in 1996 as a 97 model well before Ford bought Land Rover from BMW) also shared nothing the Escape.
     
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  4. "Jutrem" is absolutely correct: The Freelander 2 (LR2) was not launched as a major facelift of the original Freelander - it was all new car. Although the original Freelander was launched under BMW ownership, the car was very much a product of the then ROVER GROUP, and utilised much of the their technology at the time. The Freelander 2 was an all new product and was NOT based on the Ford Escape. The forthcoming facelift includes new bumpers (front and rear), new headlamps, more painted bodywork, a couple of new switches inside and, crutially, a choice of two different diesel versions. The Freelander 2 150, will include a modified version of the current engine, and take the car down one Road Tax bracket (UK). This car will be available in manual and automatic versions. The Freelander 2 190, available only as an automatic, will have a 188 bhp and will slash the 0-60 mph time to 8.4 seconds - similar to the 3.0 Range Rover Sport.
     
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