2008 Land Rover LR2

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16 CITY / 23 HWY
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What Changed for 2008:
  • All-new model replaces Freelander

  • New 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine

  • 6-speed automatic transmission

  • Terrain Response System (TRS)

  • HSE model added midyear
Land Rover introduces the LR2 as an all-new compact luxury sport-utility vehicle (SUV) for 2008. The LR2 takes the place of the Freelander, which was offered in the U.S. from 2002 to 2005, as Land Rover's least expensive SUV. It comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD) with Land Rover's TRS, which is designed to help the vehicle deal with various types of terrain. The LR2 has two rows of seats for 5-passenger capacity, and the rear seats fold down to open up 58.9 cubic feet of cargo room.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Land Rover LR2 is offered in two configurations: base and HSE. The base model comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control; interior air filter; tilt/telescoping steering wheel; cruise control; leather upholstery; 6-way power driver seat; 4-way power passenger seat; split folding rear seat; remote keyless entry; keyless starting; panoramic sunroof; AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer and auxiliary input jack; trip computer; remote engine starting; auto-dimming rearview mirror; rain-sensing wipers; automatic headlights; alarm; front and rear fog lights; Land Rover's TRS; and 18-inch alloy wheels. The HSE has body-color bumpers and side sills; rear spoiler; titanium door handles; 8-way power driver seat; 6-way power passenger seat; 19-inch alloy wheels; and storage box with sliding cover. Available options consist of three packages. The Technology package offers a navigation system; Dolby sound system; Sirius satellite radio; rear radio controls; and Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link. The Cold Climate package includes heated front seats and a heated windshield with heated washers. The Lighting package has adaptive bi-Xenon headlights, mirror-mounted puddle lamps, and a memory system for the driver's seat and mirrors.

The LR2 uses a Volvo-sourced 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that makes 230 hp and 234 lb.-ft. of torque. It sends its power through a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate. Land Rover provides a driver-selectable sport mode that the company says improves performance. Fuel economy is estimated at 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway. The LR2 has AWD without low-range gearing. Also standard is TRS, which operates from a console switch that the driver can adjust to put the vehicle in one of four terrain modes. Land Rover offers a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with free scheduled service over the same interval. Anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control, and stability control with rollover mitigation are standard. The LR2 can tow up to 3500 pounds.

Every 2008 LR2 has dual front air bags, front side air bags, a driver knee air bag, and side curtain air bags that cover both seating rows and include rollover sensors. Standard braking system consists of ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution; traction control; and stability control with rollover mitigation. Also standard are hill ascent and descent controls (HAC and HDC); rear obstacle detection; and tire-pressure monitor. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have yet to test the 2008 Land Rover LR2.

Land Rover's TRS has a console switch that the driver can use to select one of four modes: General Driving; Grass/Gravel/Snow; Mud and Ruts; and Sand. Land Rover says TRS adjusts the throttle management, transmission, center differential, suspension and braking systems to help the LR2 traverse various types of topography. The braking systems it adjusts include the ABS, traction control, anti-skid control, and HDC. HAC holds the brakes for a short time after the driver's foot is removed from the brake pedal to prevent the vehicle from rolling backward on a hill. HDC restricts speed on steep downhill slopes by pulsing the anti-lock brakes. The LR2 also has Gradient Release Control, which works with the HDC to release brake-line pressure gradually when the driver's foot is removed from the pedal on a steep grade. Land Rover says this helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle. The LR2's navigation system is DVD-based and is operated via a touchscreen. Bluetooth technology allows calls on Bluetooth-enabled cell phones to be played over the speakers.

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