• Feb 23, 2010
Production 2011 Land Rover LRX rendering Click above to enlarge

Is the world ready for a kinder, gentler Sport Utility Vehicle? Land Rover is betting on it, and the rugged British off-road brand will reportedly debut its hotly anticipated LRX at the Paris Motor Show later this year. Shortly thereafter, the production LRX will make its North American debut in LA. According to Automotive News, the LRX will go on sale in the third quarter of 2011.

We first saw the LRX Concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, where it was generally well received by both the press and the showgoing public. The LRX is expected to be Land Rover's most efficient model and is likely to be offered with some sort of hybrid powertrain.

Late last year, Autocar reported that Land Rover's first hybrid drivetrain would include a 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine mated up to a 25kW electric motor. The system would be a full parallel hybrid, meaning it could operate on any combination of gasoline or electricity using its onboard lithium ion battery pack.



[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req'd]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      i like it. im pretty sure there was an article back a while ago that said theyd make a 4 door too
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember the days when the Land Rover LR2 and the Ford Escape looked similar?

      I think this model may be from plans made in those days because, this really looks like a Ford Edge to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I owned a 2008 LR3 V8 for a year and a half and punished the hell out of in the Dubai desert and wadis (rocks + water). It wasn't the most reliable of cars by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a joy of functionality (driving an Audi A6 now and hating every bit of the obtuse electronics) and EXTREMELY capable offroad, making most things look easy. Make no mistake: LR still makes one hell of an offroader. Unfortunately, the mechanical quality let me down, although LR stood by their product with zero questions asked and addressed everything. I sold it because I moved, and didn't buy another one because I don't have a family and I won't be going offroad where I am now. However, after a few months in the A6 I've already decided that my next car will be a Range Rover. Owning a LR means committing to an abusive relationship with a car that breaks down more than you'd like to admit, but when it works, nothing comes close IMO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry this was meant to be in response to offroaddisco's comment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No boxy Defender 90 from LR for the US? No Toyota 70 series Land Cruiser for the US? No Mercedes G280/300 CDI for the USA?

      No dice, no dice, NO DICE!!!!!!

      Either cater to us, the other serious offroading public, give us what we want or pack up your stuff and get out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The D90 doesn't meet federal crash regulations and will soon not meet euro regulations either. It will need to either be killed off or redesigned from scratch. I'm holding out hope that someday we'll see a new Defender based on the LR3 platform = offroading heaven.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem is the hard core off-roading public that would have the money to spend on a new D90 is probably less then 30,000 people. Land Rover can't build a business case for selling that few D90s unless they can put it on a shortened T5 platform, the internal name of the LR3/LR4/RRS platform, and drastically cut costs.

        A New D90 is going to be at least twice the price of the Average Wrangler and how many people do you think are going to buy that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      You meant to say that the system would be a full parallel hybrid, meaning it could operate on any combination of fuel (not gasoline, if it's a diesel) or electricity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw the white and black concept LRXs at NY Auto Show in 2008 and back then it was the best and most production ready concept of the bunch. You gotta see the car live (and no, it is not in the size of Audi A3, its basically a size of current LR2, just nicely packaged), there is so much little detail in this car that photos do not really show it. Overall the car definitely stands out and is not generic looking. And to those who say it looks like a Soul, everyone has a right to their opinion but jeeezzzz, not even close, Kia is a Scion rip-off, LRX is just another league (and I saw both cars live). If Land Rover won't change a whole lot from the concept and adds a 4 door variant then this car will be a CUV to beat. Best looking cute-ute of the bunch and that includes the upcoming BMW X1/X3, Audi Q5, and Volvo XC60.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i have a feeling the finished car will be much uglier than the concept , a LR executive said they need to raise the roof to allow more headroom in the back , this will kill it's sexy shape. i hope i'm wrong because i want this car.
      offroaddisco
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember when Land Rover made off-road vehicles? People would put up with the build quality because they were capable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see why everyone is so quick to jump on the hybrid bandwagon. But anyways, I'm sure this hybrid will be cheaper than its gas equivalent because thats the reason I would buy a hybrid(saves you money on gas remember) in the first place(if i was in the market to, which I'm not) to SAVE money not spend more than the person who's buying the gas guzzling gas only version. Yet if they charge me 5-10K more than the gas only version it would defeat the purpose of me buying a hybrid because all that extra money buys a lot of gas. Hybrids are SUPPOSED TO BE CHEAPER.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You might not ever get tired of repeating the same argument, but I'm tired of hearing it.

        It's all about perspective. What the average consumer expects can be vastly different from what the manufacturer can provide. I don't know how much you know about what goes into developing and producing a new car, especially with hybrid drivetrains, but what you may not know is that it costs more to make hybrids in the first place, not to mention carmakers expect to make a profit on their new car sales to cover their research and development expenses. Anyway, saying something is SUPPOSED to be one way or another is quite naive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A two-door SUV? I'm not so sure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        SUV in itself is a blurry concept invented for cars that look like offroaders but are not good off road. this is what i call a TUV. Trendy Urban Vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        From the 3/4 view, it looks kind of...pudgy. But from the side profile, it feels incredibly long, especially with only 2 doors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think we are looking at a success and LR could use the shot in the arm.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks kinda like a mazda CX-9 with a different grill/front clip


      http://i.imgur.com/El5pu.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        AB must be showing different images to me. O.o
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like an upmarket Kia Soul. Will they have a commercial starring four sables bopping to a Vivaldi concerto?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah. I always thought Jaguar's XF looked like a Chevrolet Lacetti.

        /sarcasm

        To all the naysayers: that's a brilliantly modern approach to classic Range Rover lines + reduced size. And it certainly looks upscale.
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