Land Rover’s Halestone plant in the UK produced Land Rover LR2 number 300,000 this week, which is fairly shocking. Known as the Land Rover Freelander 2 on that side of the Atlantic, the car has been in production since 2006. While Land Rover has long been a respected off-road vehicle, the Freelander 2 is the runt of the Land Rover litter. The all-wheel-drive LR2 employs a 3.2-liter inline-6, paired to an automatic transmission. The problem is that the Land Rover LR2 is neither a jack of all trades, nor is it the master of any of them. It’s only moderately capable off road, and around town, driving comfort is compromised.
It’s also possible the new 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, with a starting price a few thousand dollars above the LR2, could cannibalize sales. The Evoque features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which is actually a little more powerful, features similar off-road capability, but is more comfortable on city roads. Although the Evoque has its own pitfalls, including a cramped cabin and difficult entry and exit for rear passengers on coupe models. The main questions may revolve around styling: Do LR2 buyers like the more muted design, and is the Evoque to flashy?
Source: Land Rover