Land Rover to release diesel hybrid and front-wheel-drive LRX variants

landrover-lrx-concept Land Rover to release diesel hybrid and front-wheel-drive LRX variants
Land Rover LRX Diesel Hybrid coming in 2011

Land Rover has geared up to release their new LRX compact crossover, but doing more than taking the standard four-wheel-drive route; by giving their best effort at being a little more environmentally-friendly.  The Land Rover LRX will launch in hybrid and front-wheel drive variants too for better fuel efficiency in urban scenarios.

Unlike most other vehicles in the Land Rover lineup, the LRX is not meant to boast off-road superiority. You could almost say that it’s more of an urban crossover, so to speak, with fuel savings to match. This could dilute the brand, but it could expand it to other customers too.  Since so many Land Rovers are driven in cities by suits, and hardly see anything but a car wash; the new models make sense to turn the companies inefficient past.  The front-wheel-drive version of the LRX (the name might still change) was previously announced, but it was only now that they confirmed the existence of the new diesel hybrid. This is a company first, utilizing the existing 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 along with an electric motor.   This combination, along with the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, is supposed to be good for a 20-mile range on electricity alone. If you still want the grunt and guzzle of a conventional four-wheel-drive Rover, they’ll be selling the LRX in that form too.

Michael Kwan

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