• Sep 24, 2009
Production Land Rover LRX rendering - Click above to enlarge

Land Rover has today confirmed what we've long expected – the popular LRX Concept from the 2008 edition of the Detroit Auto Show is headed for production. The British-born automaker doesn't actually say the new 'ute will be called the LRX when it hits the market in 2011, but it will definitely be wearing a Range Rover badge and therefore likely be marketed as a premium vehicle.

No details are given about the coupe-like SUV's powertrain, but Land Rover does say the it "will be the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced." Previous reports have suggested the production LRX will share underpinnings with the LR2 (a.k.a. the Freelander) and will be offered with an optional all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain that may use an electric motor to power the rear wheels and a transverse engine underhood driving the front wheels.

Judging from the lone rendering released with this announcement, the basic shape from the LRX Concept should survive mostly intact, perhaps gaining a slightly more pronounced front fascia to go along with the production-necessary external door handles. Expect more details to filter out at the beginning of 2010, but in the meantime, click past the break for Land Rover's official press release.



[Source: Land Rover]



PRESS RELEASE

SMALL RANGE ROVER CONFIRMED FOR PRODUCTION


Gaydon, Warwickshire, 24 September 2009 – Land Rover has confirmed today that a production version of its exciting LRX concept car will be built. The new car will debut next year and join the Range Rover line-up in 2011.

Designed and engineered at Land Rover's state of the art Gaydon facility, the new Range Rover will be the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced.

The new car will be built at the multi award-winning plant in Halewood, on Merseyside, subject to quality and productivity agreements and will be sold in over 100 countries around the world.

Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover said: "The production of a small Range Rover model is excellent news for our employees, dealers and customers. It is a demonstration of our commitment to investing for the future, to continue to deliver relevant vehicles for our customers, with the outstanding breadth of capability for which we are world-renowned."

"Feedback from our customer research also fully supports our belief that a production version of the LRX Concept would further raise the desirability of our brand and absolutely meet their expectations." Phil added.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director said "The new vehicle will be a natural extension to the Range Rover line-up, complementing the existing models and helping to define a new segment. It will be true to the concept and have many recognisable Range Rover design cues including the signature clamshell bonnet, the floating roof and the solid 'wheel-at-each-corner' stance."

More details of the new small Range Rover will be released next year
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      • 5 Years Ago
      2 door SUV...That doesn't even sound good on paper.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford Bronco, Ford Bronco II, Ford Explorer Sport, K-Blazer / Tahoe / Yukon, S-10 Blazer / GMC Jimmy (and the Typhoon, yum), Dodge Ramcharger, Isuzu VehiCROSS, Isuzu Amigo / Rodeo Sport, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota RAV4, Toyota 4Runner, Geo Tracker / Suzuki Sidekick, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Pathfinder. Oh and what do you know, the LAND ROVER FREELANDER. It's not exactly an unexplored market. Not all of us have (or want) families with a bunch of offspring to tote around. I use condoms for a reason, lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jeez vespid82, you missed one very important one:

        The original Range Rover!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the current Taurus fascia, which I like.
      This is a nice design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      good! i applaud them for doing so
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will it have the off-road ability that Land Rovers are renowned for?
      • 5 Years Ago
      PLEASE keep the interior like that!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's about TIME! Hopefully I can pick up one of the first ones. I really want one. Small SUV with Land Rover ability and amenities. It looks like a mini Range Rover Sport. I can't wait for the first pre-productions to hit the dealerships for premiers!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it over as is!
      • 5 Years Ago
      maybe and X6 version of the Land Rover would prob sell more then a 2 door coupe SUV...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like it, and this is a great product for Land Rover, but I feel that putting the "Range Rover" name on it dilutes that particular brand.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now this is what I am talking about. The hell with all the Q5s, GLKs, XC60s. This will be a class leader right there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To me it looks like an SUV version of the MINI .....too bad the MINI SUV won't look this good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow. i want one.
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