• May 19th 2010 at 4:56PM
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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.

[Source: CarPix]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      meh... Looks like a CRV with a Land Rover grill

      ...flame away :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a front fascia and interior upgrades? Don't think that would enough to risk/validate road testing. I'm expecting some powertrain or suspension improvements.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Land Rover did a number on me after buying a used Freelander. This car is pure junk; and notice I didn't mince words. I bought it, knowing it wouldn't shift from 2nd to 3rd. Got it $3K cheaper than most others listed. Rebuilt trans at a cost of $2,200. For the next year, I averaged 4 days of driving for every one day of in the shop. Trans went out again after 11 months (under warr.) Unloaded it at a Toyota dealer (LOL - they sell junk too!). Every once in a while I pass one on the road and I say a prayer. If you don't believe me, look at ANY Freelander forum. Stay away, go, leave, jump off a cliff before you even THINK about buying one of these "cars".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are you sure the LRX will see for less than the LR2? The LRX is branded as a Range Rover, which seems like that automatically buys a starting ticket price higher than anything branded a Land Rover. At the same time, it's hard to imagine it starting above the Land Rover LR4.

      I think they might want to rethink their branding, with only 5 vehicles, it seems like they could use the same names globally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Powertrain upgrades are probably in order as I would imagine that the LR2 will be upgraded as a result of the upscale LRX being based on the same EUCD platform. As a commenter already pointed out, the two door LRX will be much more of a "personal coupe" and priced much higher that our four door LR2.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'd take a defender over this any day