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Land Rover LRX Rendering – Click above to enlarge

Hardcore Land Rover enthusiasts may want to sit down for this one. Autocar reports the UK's preeminent luxury off-roading marquee is going front-drive with the upcoming LRX; a move that is sure to rile some purists. The British site quotes an unnamed LR source as saying the Tata Motors-owned brand "cannot ignore the growth of the two-wheel-drive SUV segment."

While the small crossover segment is undeniably growing, another reason to offer a soft-roading LR is emissions. Autocar quotes LR as saying the front-drive LRX will achieve a scant 130g/km of carbon dioxide emissions, while the AWD version could net a still respectable 140g/km of CO2. That kind of efficiency would help Land Rover improve its fuel efficiency and bring down its overall CO2 footprint, helping the automaker towards the goal of meeting strict Euro emissions standards. Offering a B-Segment-sized crossover will also help Land Rover with toughening U.S. fuel efficiency standards. There is further speculation that the LRX could at some point feature Land Rover's rumored hybrid powertrain.

While the world has come to know of Land Rover's forthcoming two-door as the LRX, word is that the company isn't sure the name will make production. Among the names reportedly being considered for production is Range Rover Compact. Sounds like a lousy option if you ask us, but then again there is a good chance the little LR will get a different name here in the U.S. The front-drive LRX will reportedly bow in Paris this fall and will be offered after the 4WD model hits the market.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Bad move on both accounts. Keep AWD and keep the name. Come on, LR - you need this to be a winner.

      But then again, aren't most LR customers pretentious yuppies looking to drive a namesake? If the most off-roading this car will see is a speedbump and a puddle, then I guess it really doesn't matter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The LR2 is already FWD-based, so a FWD Land Rover is nothing new. FYI, the LR2 is pretty good off road, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congratulations Land Rover, for building your very own Jeep Compass. Now prepare to be ridiculed and suffer low sales.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why the heck do people WANT a FWD 2 door SUV? The likes of RAV4 and Jimmy died years ago, why revive it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't remember a FWD Jimny...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a very bad move. Why go FWD and not RWD? and what good would a hybird system do to improve emissions? a diesel would most likely do better in the market this is going to debut in. Plus FWD is terrible if you want to offroad in this. Anyway aren't Land Rovers all supposed to be 4WD? no point in having a FWD SUV in my opinion. To much weight and height.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Range Rover Compact? Who in their right mind thinks this is good name? LRX FTW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      heresy , bring your sheets and lets burn a cross !

      seriously now , lets get real for a moment. do you think all the Louis Vuitton carrying, texting while driving Parris Hiltons of the world who drive Range Rover Sports have any idea what RWD, FWD or AWD is ?

      this car is designed from the start for rich airheads who get this car from their daddies. with the price difference between a FWD and AWD car the daddy can buy himself a nice hooker for a few hours, everybody is happy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this thing should have been out a year ago. This concept looks dated now. I was interested then but there are much more compelling things out there now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's take LR's best stock machine and Race the Baja 1000 against the stock SVT Raptor and see what happens.

      The legend of LR only lives on the minds of yuppies as they drop their kids off at school in the morning.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brand dilution.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The British site quotes an unnamed LR source as saying the Tata Motors-owned brand ... " - Autoblog

      Replace "brand" with "company" and your reportage will be a good deal more accurate, Autoblog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the Rav4 is still around too
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