NEW YORK -- Land Rover plans to call its next-generation Freelander the LR2 in the United States.
Richard Beattie, Land Rover's executive vice president for marketing and sales in North America, confirmed the speculated-upon LR2 name Wednesday, April 12, at the New York auto show. It mirrors the approach taken when the redesigned Discovery was renamed LR3 for the U.S. market.
The LR2 will go on sale in the United States next year, Beattie said. It first appears this summer in Europe, where it will be called the Freelander 2.
Beattie also said Land Rover will include an integrated starter-generator on a future vehicle. An integrated starter-generator stops and restarts the engine automatically. At low speeds, it propels the vehicle with electric rear drive, Land Rover says.
Although the starter-generator is in Land Rover's product plan, Beattie wouldn't say for which vehicle and when.
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