As well as an all-new Range Rover, which will be introduced at the Paris auto show in September, Land Rover is giving its LR2 model a major makeover for 2013.
In addition to new exterior styling, which aligns it more closely with other Land Rover models, the refreshed LR2 gets a new engine and a more luxurious interior.
The LR2 is the compact entry-level model in the Land Rover lineup, although it is bigger (both longer and taller) than the sporty Range Rover Evoque, which is driving Land Rover up the sales charts currently.
The LR2 nameplate replaced that of the much-maligned Freelander in North America with its last major model change in 2006, although it's still called Freelander 2 in Europe.
Inside, the refreshed LR2 is treated to a new instrument-panel layout, including a new centre console with standard 7-inch colour touch-screen, as well as some other technologies from the Evoque.
Infotainment options include an 825W Meridian surround sound system with 17-speakers, a new ‘Say What You See‘prompted voice command system and Rear View Camera with ‘Hitch Assist’.
All trim levels, base, HSE and HSE LUX come with grained-leather covered electric seats and dual sunroofs as standard equipment.
A New 240-horsepower, 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rated at 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, replaces the 3.2-litre inline six found in earlier models, providing increased power, torque, and fuel efficiency. It's also 40kg lighter.
The engine is paired with an Aisin AWF21 six-speed automatic transmission with advanced neutral logic control to reduce internal drag when the vehicle is stationary. It all drives through a Haldex intelligent full-time all-eheel-drive system.
The LR2 also features Smart Regenerative Charging, which ensures that, in most cases, the alternator only charges the battery when the vehicle is decelerating, recovering kinetic energy from deceleration.
Cabin space and safety are improved with the introduction of an intelligent electric parking brake which adjusts brake force according to the slope the vehicle is parked on.