Land Rover Unveils New LR2

July 25, 2006
Land Rover Unveils New LR2
By Justin Pritchard, Auto123.com
The latest in a line of luxury vehicles from Land Rover was unveiled to the public last week at the British International Motor Show. It stood along side a 2007 Range Rover, a Range Rover Sport and an 2006 LR2.

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Carrying typical Land Rover off road performance and plenty of new technology, the new LR2 is fresh from the ground up and features a dynamic design and spacious interior. The overall vehicle is easily identified as a member of Land Rover family.

Power comes from a 3.2 litre inline six cylinder that generates 230 horsepower and is designed to deliver an optimal blend of performance, economy and refinement. The new engine is mounted transversely, which allows more space in the cabin as well as more effective safety systems. Engine ancillaries, including camshafts, alternator and air conditioning are driven from the back of the unit, the same side attached to the gearbox- taking up less space under the hood.

Drivers can expect 0-60 in about 8.4 seconds. The engine is attached to a permanent all wheel drive system via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Terrain Response system leads up a long list of advanced technologies fitted to the LR2.

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Phil Popham, the managing director of Land Rover says: "The LR2 sets new standards in the sector, combining the advantages of a premium car with the attributes of a robust 4x4. We believe that no other premium compact 4x4 gets closer to blending these best-of-both-worlds abilities."

Inside the LR2, occupants are treated to luxury amenities including an optional Dolby stereo with 12 speakers, 6-disc changer and MP3 playback. Bluetooth, DVD navigation and Sirius satellite radio are also available. Seating is available for five, with six adjustments standard on the driver seat.

The comfort of LR3's well appointed interior can be enjoyed over just about any terrain thanks to an array of computerized off-road aids. The Terrain Response system has selectable modes that alter the behavior of the engine, transmission, and chassis systems to optimize drivability and comfort on any type of surface.

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Hill descent control, traction control and stability control are all controlled by the system as well. Large brakes, roll stability control and an 18-inch wheel and tire combination make sure the LR2 stays grounded at all times.

The LR2 intends to allow buyers a seamless transition from a luxury sedan to a robust off-roader. With its remarkable qualifications, the latest Land Rover should have no problem meeting this goal when it goes on sale in 2007.
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