2013 Land Rover LR2 now more fuel-efficient, according to EPA

Article by Christian A., on January 4, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency said that the 2013 Land Rover LR2 with the downsized 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers improved fuel economy. In city driving, the 2013 Land Rover LR2 returns 17 mpg while on the highway, it offers 24 mpg. In comparison, the EPA has determined that the 2012 LR2 returns 15 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway.

2013 LR2 displays a 13% boost in city driving and about 9% better on the highway. One of the primary worries about the outgoing LR2 was its low fuel economy. When the 2013 LR2 with the new engine debuted, Land Rover had not given a fuel economy estimate. Many had been waiting for the EPA to release the most vital information about its redesign.

LR2 is now powered by a new 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which replaces the former 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine. Even with the improvement, the LR2 still trails several of its rivals, such as the 2013 Audi Q5 and BMW X3 xDrive 28i, when it comes to fuel economy. The EPA said that the 2013 Audi Q5 with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway.

The agency also said that the 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers 21 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway. It has been observed that gas prices have not been too much of a worry lately. According to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report last Thursday, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. at $3.26 compared to $3.41 a month ago.

The latest version of the Land Rover Freelander 2 boasts of a major overhaul, thereby allowing it to become more comfortable and more convenient. The new Land Rover Freelander 2 now features new derivatives and new exterior design elements and colors. In addition, its equipment levels have been upgraded while its diesel engine lineup remains as refined and economical as ever.

Inside, the new Land Rover Freelander 2 is now more exciting. Aside from the availability of three new colors (in the 'Dynamic' derivative), the Freelander 2 comes with a new center console, a seven-inch color touch-screen with improved audio systems from Meridian. In addition, the new Freelander 2 could be availed with an optional satellite navigation.

It now features the so-called 'Say What You See' voice activation system with visual prompts, and comes with a new rear view camera. The key dock has also been replaced by passive start. The new Freelander 2 is provided with a new 'intelligent' electric parking brake that could adjust brake force depending on the slope the SUV is parked on.

Meanwhile, the exterior appearance of the new Freelander 2 has been massively tweaked, giving the SUV a more integrated look. Both its front and rear lights employ the latest LED technology while the front running lights now have a new signature graphic. The new Freelander 2 features new 17-inch alloy wheels as well as an improved body styling pack.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, remarked that the equipment levels for the new Freelander 2 give the SUV a more premium appearance and more premium driving experience. He added that customers will also benefit from the range of diesel engines for the Freelander 2.

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