The LR2 has one trim level, the HSE, which comes with a 3.2L inline 6-cylinder engine that was co-developed with Volvo mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It puts out 230 hp and has 234 lb-ft of torque, and can tow a respectable 3,500 lbs. The engine features permanent intelligent all-wheel drive and a high clearance for off-road adventures.
Unlike the other SUVs in the Rover family, the LR2 does not have low gear for off-road use. But it does feature the Rover family's Terrain Response system. This clever bit of technology allows the driver to select for conditions using a dial -- snow, muddy ruts, sand -- and the central computer will adjust the vehicle's controls to deliver the best possible performance.
The LR2 gets respectable gas mileage, at 15 mpg city, 22 mpg highway. The long-travel suspension system, plus emergency brake assist and roll stability control, make driving this SUV more like driving a sedan with plenty of cargo space. The rear stadium-style seats fold flat to the floor for nearly 60 cubic feet of usable space.
Standard features include headlight washers and wipers, an 8-way power driver seat, push-button start and a 9-speaker Alpine audio system. Standard wheels are 19", but 18" wheels are available at no cost to better fit snow chains.
Several optional packages are available to fill in the standard feature gaps. The cold climate package adds heated seats, heated front windshield, and heated windshield washer jets. New this year are HSE Plus and HSE LUX. Plus includes Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, HD digital radio, bi-xenon headlamps, added interior an exterior lighting and a driver's seat memory system. The LUX package builds on the Plus package, adding DVD navigation, a 480-watt Alpine sound system with Dolby ProLogic II 7.1 surround sound, 6-disc in-dash CD changer, and rear seat headphone jacks.