2015 Land Rover LR2 spy shots
The new LR2, which is expected to be revealed in late 2014, as a 2015 model, will once again share its platform with the Range Rover Evoque. In fact, previous test mules for the new LR2 used Evoque bodies to hide their mechanicals.
Dubbed LR-MS, the platform underpinning the Evoque and this new LR2 is loosely based on Ford’s old EUCD design but has been thoroughly updated. Land Rover boasts that 90 percent of the LR-MS’ components are new. Most of it is steel though aluminum is used in some areas to help shed weight.
The 2015 LR2 is expected to be bigger than the Evoque but its proportions and styling should be similar. As the spy shots reveal, the 2015 LR2 will have a slightly rounder look to it compared to the Evoque.
The extra size will allow for a new seven-seat option. As previously reported, Land Rover is looking to expand its LR2 into a whole family of models, with five- and seven-seat versions and possibly even a compact planned. They will be positioned as ‘leisure’ models within Land Rover’s portfolio of SUVs and crossovers and may even be grouped under the Discovery name.
Power will most likely come from the new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder added to the 2013 LR2, which in the 2015 model should still deliver around 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A 3.0-liter V-6, which in supercharged form has been added to the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models, may also be offered. A nine-speed automatic should be standard.
Look for a reveal of the 2015 Land Rover LR2, whatever it’s called, in late 2014, with sales to follow shortly after.