The LR2 gets a nice refresh. The grille is brightly finished and slightly altered stylistically, while the innards of the headlights and taillights have been redesigned and now pack LEDs. A few new paint colors join the roster.
Exterior updates are limited to new HID headlights, LED taillights, and a few tweaks to the front and rear fascias. A more significant update to the sheetmetal would have been welcome, but nobody can blame Land Rover for spending the money on replacing the older and far more profitable Range Rover instead.
The baby Land Rover’s version makes 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 rpm. The engine is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with normal and sport modes plus a manual-style gate. Befitting the Land Rover badge, it is all coupled to a full-time four-wheel drive system with a Haldex rear differential that automatically splits power between the rear wheels. Heavily biased to the front wheels under normal conditions, power nearly instantly transfers rearward when needed.
A pair of standard sunroofs allows light in, while a new center console features a seven-inch touch screen as well as a Meridian audio system. A rearview camera helps HSE-trim LR2s with hitch-assist for one-person trailer hitching with up to 4,000 lbs. of towing capability.