If Land Rover – or for that matter, any automaker that specializes in making vehicles that aren't particularly efficient – has any hopes of meeting strict future standards for fuel mileage and emissions, it's going to have to take some drastic measures.

Sure, hybrids are one potential option that we're sure the automaker is working on, as are more diesels, but these high-tech powertrains are expensive. And, though often overlooked, diesels and hybrids are also heavy, which is one issue Land Rover would have problems with overcoming since its SUVs are already big, bulky and, well... pleasantly plump.

And so it comes as little surprise that the British bred (and Indian owned) automaker has decided to introduce a smaller, friendlier model called the Evoque. But that's just the start of Land Rover's apparent plans. The Detroit Bureau reports that the automaker is planning to shed as much as 1,100 pounds from its 'utes over the next decade using materials like aluminum and carbon fiber in place of conventional steel, without actually altering the size of its vehicle's footprints.

The first sign of Land Rover's far-reaching goals will reportedly be seen in the form of a new Defender concept that's set to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. We'll be paying close attention to this machine, as the company claims it is designing the next Defender to meet U.S. regulations.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I could never understand why no manufacturer seems to care about making a serious compact off road vehicle with good gas milage. Do people really need to haul so much stuff when they're trekking out in the middle of nowhere? Why can't they come out with something the size of a mid-90's Toyota Pickup with a reduced sized bed and a Twin-Charged 4 cylinder engine with good ECU programming to engage the supercharger when there's a lot of stuff to haul or a steep incline to go up and engage the turbo charger for cruising, or disengage both to save fuel? WHY CAN'T ANYBODY DO THIS???
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like how AB shows a picture of the Defender, as if IT'S the one who needs to go on a diet.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I have a feeling they were actually doing the opposite by putting up a picture of the Defender...
      Brian E Parker
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean the next Range Rover will be aluminum - like the first one?
      caddy-v
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you buy a Toyota Tundra you're guaranteed to lose more than 1100 lbs in less than five years. It's called RUST>
      Jarda
      • 3 Years Ago
      meanwhile more and more studies about CO2 *following* (rather then driving them) temperatures appear :P http://goo.gl/z49Lm
        Spotted Cow
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jarda
        Meanwhile gas prices soar and Americas public transportation is inching closer to being an endangered species. Usually when you hear scientists talk about gas its followed by the words "nonrenewable resource." Pause for a moment and reflect on why we just can't have an efficient, practical renewable resource rather than wasting everyones time by not investing ways for making this a reality.
          Jarda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spotted Cow
          You are talking about gas prices I am talking about CO2-regulations, The whole CO2-story is huge pile of steaming crap. When gas prices soar people vote with their wallets accordingly to that. No need for regulations.
          Spotted Cow
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spotted Cow
          So, what, we should vote for Donald Trump who said something along the lines in his 15 seconds of presidential campaigning that we should barge into the palaces of oil sheiks and yell "you're not gonna raise that f*cking gas price"? Oil is tangled up in geopolitical tension, it's very costly and complicated to extract it and it affects the world economy at our own peril. Comparatively global warming shouldn't even register on the conscious of the general public (forget about Al Gore and tree huggers for a minute). Renewable energies creates jobs and growth.
        Easy_Eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jarda
        Agreed. Why make faster and more efficient cars. We should have stuck with 16MPG Model T Ford, Right?
          Jarda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Easy_Eight
          are you sure you wanted to reply to my comment?
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Carbon fiber parts on a LR? They are already expensive as they are (and they have a resale value worth sh!t). How much more expensive could they get? Like stated below, why not make a more compact 4WD? Much like the Suzuki Samurai.
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      audioheart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Want a defender! Just hope not paying an arm and a leg for one. Those diesels sound nice too.
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      jaazani
      • 3 Years Ago
      how will LR go over dirt, sand and rocky terrain with a carbon fiber body? just curious
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where do I sign? Great looking truck. A LR that looks like it really deserves the name.
      Rudy Crichlow Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can't even think about gas mileage when you speak the words Land Rover. If your worried about gas mileage and you have one of these vehicles you bought the wrong truck. If they shed weight that's great. If not, it is what it is. Please tell me that you knew the gas mileage sucked on a Land Rover before you bought it. Or did you buy it for the badge? Tisk tisk....
        RJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rudy Crichlow Jr.
        Obviously you haven't seen a real Land Rover - a Defender diesel would get 25 - 30 mpg while hauling across Africa. Diesel LR3/4/RR/RRS also routinely get 20+ mpg in Europe. Us North Americans gets horrified when a diesel gets in a "premium" brand...
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