• Aug 26, 2009
Land Rover LRX Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Land Rover is set to celebrate the first 40 years of its eminently capable Range Rover line next June. What better birthday present to itself than to unleash a new model that's set to bring its wares up to date with the modern realities of fuel efficiency and a reduced environmental impact?

The vehicle in question is the new Range Rover LRX, and Autocar in the U.K. is reporting that the small Rover will see its debut on June 17, 2010 with the first production models rolling down the line in early 2011. Styling both inside and out is expected to stay very close to the well-received LRX concept from the 2008 Detroit Auto Show.

Based on underpinnings shared with the Freelander (that's the LR2 here in the States), the LRX could feature a transverse engine driving the front wheels with the first application of the marque's e TERRAIN electric drive rear axle, a setup that is said to be capable of powering the rear wheels using battery power only at speeds up to 20 mph.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like the look of that thing. I hope they bring a 3-door version just like the concept, unadulterated.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very excited about this, the era where concept cars will actually be built how they are drawn is getting ever closer.

      The only thing im worried about with this is that it takes away that range rover ''4x4ness''(?). Doesn't look very strong or tough like the land rovers that are around now. As long as range rover keep their ''im a hard nut'' reputation in the future cars like these will be class.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First Jeep and now Land Rover. Both are losing their core off-road identity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The headlights and upper grille kind of remind me of the Chevy volt.

      Nice looking SUV though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      seems like a car from the future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like the chevy volt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm just not agreeing with the LRX. Can't put my finger on it, but I just don't like it. I mean, I LOVE 2-door SUVs, but this one just doesn't seem right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Rich, and? This is the size of an A3, we're in 2009, that's much smaller than a CUV, and LR's been quite upfront that they're simply going to capitalize on the mini craze by building what is essentially a premium hatchback with LR cues, that's what they're doing. It'll sell great because it'll be noticeably cheaper than their current offerings, smaller, easier to maneuver and will get better fuel economy. the LRX is as much an SUV as the Cayenne is a two door sports car. It's not. Both are radical vehicle departures from their manufacturer’s normal palate as a result of changing market conditions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Range Rover started out as a two door car with off-road capability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe it doesn’t seem right because IT’S NOT AN SUV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was excited until I saw front wheel drive. *yawn*
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with you there. I thought all Range Rovers were 4wd. I do love the way it looks though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If JLR keeps this product renaissance up, they won't be losing Tata's money for very long.

      In fact, it makes sense that Tata's been losing money on JLR in their first year of ownership...they have all that new metal to pay to tool up for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They know how to win in a recession. Invest while it's cheap to do so, then you're ready to sell when the market recovers.

        Here in the US, just like the UK, we shut everything down and adopt a foetal position crying like babbies.
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