- May 19, 2010
Spy Shots: Land Rover Freelander/LR2 facelift caught testing
Land Rover Freelander/LR2 facelift – Click above for high-res image gallery
Land Rover may be hard at work prepping its all-new LRX, but that doesn't mean the rest of the model range is being put on the back-burner. New versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport debuted for 2010, as did the LR3-replacing LR4, and now it appears that the automaker is giving its LR2 (or Freelander, as it's still referred to overseas) a slight nip/tuck for the new model year.
Our spies have captured this lightly camouflaged prototype out testing, sporting what appears to be a revised front fascia. From what we can tell, it looks like Land Rover will be breaking up the front bumper by adding another air intake to the middle of the LR2's face, which leads us to believe that the front foglamps will be repositioned lower on the vehicle. Aside from that, not much else appears to be changing on the LR2, but we won't be surprised if some interior adjustments crop up for the 2011 model year, hopefully inspired by the renovated (and greatly improved) instrument panels in the rest of the range.
We'll be very interested to see what the future holds for the LR2 here in the States, especially with the smaller, more efficient and cheaper LRX in the pipeline. Currently, the LR2 doesn't account for a particularly sizable chunk of Land Rover's sales, and we won't be surprised if prospective buyers look toward the sleeker, more attractive LRX as a more worthy alternative.