Land Rover has confirmed the car industry’s worst-kept secret: it will build a production version of its LRX concept car, which will join the Range Rover line-up in 2011.
Designed and engineered at the company's facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire, Land Rover claims 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 and will be sold in over 100 countries around the world.
Ever since its first appearance at the Detroit Motor Show in 2008, the LRX has seemed a likely car to help Land Rover adapt to a (western) world where 4x4s are seen as nasty, evil gas-guzzlers. However, Land Rover has also taken the car around the world – to motor shows, dealership and customer clinics – to gauge feedback. Unsurprisingly, that feedback has proven sufficiently positive to reinforce the carmaker’s belief that the LRX will have a market when it goes on sale.
The new ‘baby’ Rangey should also look very similar to the concept, which Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director, has always said would be the case: ‘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.’
(Sky Motoring's news)