The 2015 Land Rover LR2 aka Freelander has recently been spotted undergoing testing in a prototype form in England, according to WCF reports. The new model will use the same platform as used in the Range Rover Evoque and this crossover will get significant redesign.
Although using the same platform as the Evoque, but the new LR2 will reportedly be larger than the Evoque. In addition, some rumors indicate that the new model will have similarities with the Range Rover Evoque in terms of design styling and proportions.
The British-based automaker will reportedly rely on 90 percent of new components on the new Freelander, almost all of its LR2 components claimed using steel material. While the aluminum material is also used in some areas in order to shave weight, but it’s not too much.
Furthermore, the Range Rover Sport apparently also gives a lot of inspiration on the production model of the new LR2 crossover. Some changes and special touches will be seen in the front grille design, which looks more prominent. In addition, the production version will also adopt a swept-back headlights, tailgate-mounted spoiler, sloping roofline and dual exhaust pipes.
Under the hood, the 2015 Land Rover LR2/Freelander is likely to be available in several engine options, which includes two diesel and two gasoline engines. The 2.2-liter diesel engine will come with two different outputs ranging from 150 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. While the most powerful diesel version offers 190 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque.
Next, Land Rover will most likely still offer a turbocharged gasoline engine on the 2015 model year and it’s the same gasoline engine as used in the previous model. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of developing up to 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.
If that’s not enough, you can order a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine that may be available only as optional. This supercharged engine will be borrowed from the Range Rover Sport, according to a recent report. Transmission option hasn’t been confirmed, but the new LR2 will likely come with a standard nine-speed automatic gearbox.
There’s no official information from the British carmaker regarding the release date, sales, and pricing details. However, we suspect that the 2015 Land Rover LR2/Freelander release date should be revealed before the end of 2014. Other rumors also agreed that the LR2 production model is likely to be launched in late 2014 and sales will begin shortly afterwards, certainly as 2015 model year.