What Changed for 2009:
- New 19-inch Sparkle Silver aluminum wheels
- Almond leather and Nutmeg carpeting interior color combination
- Clear side repeater signal lenses
- New available HST body kit
- 12-volt DC power socket added to the cargo compartment
- New front-seat map lamps (part of the Lighting package)
- Revised instrument panel finishes
- New Martinique Blue and Lago Grey exterior colors
The Land Rover LR2 was introduced in 2008 as a compact luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV), taking the place of the Freelander, which was offered in the U.S. from 2002 to 2005, as Land Rover's least expensive SUV. The LR2 comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD) and Land Rover's Terrain Response System (TRS), technology designed to help the vehicle perform on 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. Land Rover offers a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with free scheduled service over the same interval.
The 2009 Land Rover LR2 is offered in one configuration for 2009: HSE. A long list of standard features includes items that are expected on a luxury-brand vehicle plus features such as dual-zone automatic climate control; leather upholstery; power-adjustable front seats; keyless starting; panoramic sunroof; remote engine starting; rain-sensing wipers; 19-inch aluminum wheels; and Land Rover's Terrain Response System.
Options for the LR2 are offered mainly in packages. The new HST option package adds a more aggressive honeycomb mesh grille, painted front and rear bumpers, side sill enhancements, and dual exhaust tips. The Technology package offers a navigation system, Dolby ProLogic II 7.1 Surround 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, front-seat map lights, and a memory system for the driver's seat and mirrors. Optional wheels are an 18-inch design in chrome.
The 2009 Land Rover LR2 uses a Volvo-sourced, 3.2-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine that makes 230 hp and 234 lb.-ft. of torque, good for a maximum tow rating of 3500 pounds. It sends its power through a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate, driving all four wheels. 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. Land Rover's Terrain Response System is operated using a console switch that the driver can adjust to put the vehicle in one of four terrain modes.
Every 2009 Land Rover 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. Other safety features include ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution; traction control; and stability control with rollover mitigation technology. Also standard are Hill Ascent and Hill Descent Control (HAC and HDC) and a rear obstacle detection system.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash tested the Land Rover LR2.
Land Rover's Terrain Response System (TRS) has a console switch that the driver can use to select one of four driving 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 LR2 also includes Hill Ascent Control (HAC) and Hill Descent Control (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 (GRC), 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 optional navigation system is DVD-based and is operated via a touch screen. Available Bluetooth technology allows calls on Bluetooth-enabled cell phones to be played over the speakers.