• Jun 24, 2009
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Automakers that hope to continue doing business over the next few years need to be increasingly aware of their fuel consumption, emissions and environmental credibility. In deference to this fact, Auto Express in the U.K. is reporting that Land Rover is moving forward with plans to launch the new LRX compact hybrid 'ute, possibly with a bit of help from the U.K. government.

According to the report, Land Rover will borrow liberally from corporate partner Jaguar's hardware stable, which is rumored to soon include both hybrid and extended-range EV options. Land Rover's innovative electric drive rear axle is supposedly on the LRX menu, which would work along with the automaker's well-known and highly-effective Terrain Response System to put power to the ground wherever possible.

If there's any truth to these rumors, we shouldn't expect Land Rover to have the hybrid LRX in production until at least two years have passed. In the meantime, the British-built, Indian-owned automaker is set to debut stop/start and regenerative braking on all of its models to improve their environmental performance.



[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      yay
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford did a great job with this before they gave it to the Indians. I'm sure they will gladly take credit for it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course the Indians will take credit for this. They BOUGHT Jaguar Land Rover. Don't you know what that means? Platform? Indian. Designers? Indian. Manufactured in UK? Indian.

        Indians are heaven-sent, they do everything best.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great news, but I hope they keep it as a 3-door. We've had a total dearth of 3-door SUVs lately, so I hope they revive the segment with this stunner of a vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WHY?WHY?WHY?Why does Land Rover have to dilute the Range Rover name on this Freelander/LR2 class vehicle. The Range Rover Sport was pushing it but come on now, 3 Range Rovers in the Land Rover line-up? There are plenty of names out there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        um.... did you see how well the mini did when it was first released? this thing will sell like crazy, another premium hatchback with horrid reliability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably has something to do with market analysis and potential profits. I hate it when people whine about brand dilution. The only way to make more money is to make more vehicles that can compete in different markets. If they are using an established moniker (ie. Range Rover) to accomplish those ends then so be it. It is about money, not about some perceived notion of brand identity. I don't blame them one bit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The average person, in America at least, doesn't even know Land Rover is a brand they only know about Range Rover or the think Range Rover is the brand and the Land Rover is a model within that brand.

        I sold Rovers for years you don't have to believe me but it is the truth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another pointless soft-roader with huge ass wheels and road tyres.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a shame. That beautiful front end and overall stance is ruined by that damn non curved-straight-lined body and opposing straight-lined-sloping roof. Such a shame. It's like a ruler only version of an Infiniti SUV.
      Kumail
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be a awesome Transformer...

      I love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a very attractive vehicle. I hope they can do something about their reliability issues.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Big surprise..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently they don't expect LXR drivers to ever back up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will sell very well in Los Angeles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they make it a bit smaller than a Tiguan, give it some decent performance, and keep it under 40k, it will sell like crazy in the 'States. This would make a seriously cool sport coupe for people who like to sit high off the ground. A GTI for the SUV set.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it is smaller, it does have decent performance, it is going to be LR's hatch.
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