Gorgeous LR2 brings instant charisma

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If you've got some "roving" to do, look no further than the 2008 Land Rover LR2.

I must admit I've got high expectations for the LR2, which replaces the Freelander. After all, Land Rovers have virtually no peer when it comes to rugged off-road performance. And anybody who's ever been in one can tell you about the gorgeous interiors. These vehicles confer instant charisma on just about anyone who sits in them, let alone drives them.

The LR2 is powered by a 3.2 liter, 230 horsepower in-line six that is backed by a six-speed automatic. Fuel mileage estimates are unavailable.

The 2007 Land Rover LR2.
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Standard equipment is extensive, as you might expect for the approximately $34,500 to $35,000 base price of entry for the LR2.

Free for the asking is the Terrain Response System, stability control, traction control, hill descent control, keyless entry, engine immobilizer, Dolby Pro Logic sound system, electronic brake force distribution, roll stability control ? and the list goes on.

Land Rover has other news for this auto show season.

The Land Rover gets more power with two new engine options, including a 400 horsepower supercharged V-8 for the Range Rover. The top-of-the line Range Rover also gets a completely redone interior, and the Terrain Response System now will be standard on all Range Rover models. That system allows a driver to turn a knob to choose one of five settings to tailor the powertrain, suspension and electronic systems to the driving conditions.

The Range Rover's interior redo includes a new dash with wood and metal trim, twin glove boxes, new cup holders and a more convenient center console -- you might be able to figure out the controls without checking the owners' manual because everything is much more intuitively positioned. The fully equipped Range Rover HSE is priced at $77,260 while the Supercharged model costs $92,750.

The popular Range Rover Sport gets a personal telephone integration system with Bluetooth capability and standard Sirius satellite radio for the Supercharged V-8 model. The Range Rover Sport HSE costs $57,650 while the Range Rover Sport Supercharged goes for $70,950.

The LR3 model is particularly known for its incredible off-road performance, and that doesn't change for 2007, though you might look even better enjoying the attributes thanks to new leather trim, a power sunroof and a 240 watt Harman Kardon nine speaker sound system. Base price for the 2007 LR3 V-6 SE is $42,000, the V8 SE costs $48,800 and the V-8 HSE costs $53,800.

Fuel mileage figures are unavailable.



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