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Click above for high-res gallery of the Land Rover LRX from Geneva

We've big fans of the Land Rover LRX concept's styling, which looked as good in black (unveiled in Geneva) as it did in the original white (unveiled in Detroit). So we're suitably pleased by reports that Land Rover is preparing to build the vehicle, which could get the nameplate Freelander Sport in keeping with the nomenclature already set in place by the Range Rover Sport.

The production LRX would target the likes of the upcoming BMW X1 and Audi Q5 (and potentially the Porsche Roxster), while offering a range of eco-friendly engine options that help Land Rover reduce its overall environmental impact. Such powertrain possibilities could include a 2.2-liter diesel and 3.2-liter gasoline inline-six with the potential for start-stop technology and even a hybrid system. Although the Freelander Sport would be oriented towards on-road driving dynamics, we wouldn't expect it to compromise the brand's legendary off-road prowess as much as recent offerings from Jeep. Reports place the production LRX on the road as early as 2010, and we hope much of the show car's dramatic styling would remain in place as the Land Rover rides the rocky road from concept to production.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      love how when the company is up for sale is when they make all the cool decisions lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not Edge, 2 door Flex.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very much looking forward to seeing this one in production.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Volvo platfrom being used again and Volvo already gave out that they will be producing a XC version of the C30. So Land Rover once agian will set the stage for both vehicles by producing the Freeland Sport before the Volvo XC30 just like the LR2 came out before the Volvo XC60. Great products betwen Volvo and Land Rover. Its a shame that Ford sold LR. At least Volvo is being prepared to take on more luxury vehicles and expand vastly. I hope all Volvo engines will be produced in SKvode Sweden again einstead of England.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's nothing eco-friendly about this vehicle.

      If this silly 2-door sells despite poor utility and high gas prices, it really just shows that the public cannot be counted on to make smart decision to solve our energy problems.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's really not that bad, i don't think you realise how small this thing actually is...
        • 6 Years Ago
        you do realise its a Diesel Hybrid right? It gets better mpg than a prius.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh god, now they kill Land Rover...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't understand the excitment surrounding this model. I love the Range Rover but I can't get up past the mid-waste, on this concept, without noticing the hard slant upwards towards the rear and then notice the opposing sloping roofline. It's an incredibly anti-wedge shape design and just feels so wrong visually. Mix this with Range Rover poroportions and maybe it's more appealing.

      Not to mention the hole Flex carry over.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This concept is just a Land Rover flavored Audi Steppenwolf from the year 2000!!!!!

      Its not really an original concept, but a very well executed Land Rover design that will surely be a hit! What do others think?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mass produced automobiles have been around since 1903 (Ford model A) and earlier. Nothing is original these days. Everything is a derivative of another or combination of others. It's moot to judge new cars based on "originality". Better to judge each car by how well it's design execution fits into the brand's image, line up and needs of the intended audience. Bugs the hell out of me whenever people say "it looks like a ___" or "OMG, they copied ____". Yes, it's got wheels, tires, doors and assortment of lights. Can we please move past that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's certainly not original, but it is one of the best three-door SUVs I've seen. The styling overall is simple, but as the saying goes, the devil is definitely in the details, which I think is what gives it the elegant appeal. I am not at all a fan of SUVs, but I would take one of these in black (or white, which I'm not a fan of either) if it had the diesel or hybrid engines. Preferably a combination of the two.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What makes it cool is the low roof line which is the most likely aspect to NOT survive going into production... high waist line forces any production version to raise its roof

      meaning it will look like every other 2 door suv to hit the market once the safety people get into it...
        • 7 Years Ago
        How many other 2-door SUVs are there?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford Edge?
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