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Land Rover reveals compact SUV

Land Rover has revealed the prototype for a new compact off-roader that is likely become the brand’s entry model if the company’s new owners give it the go-ahead.

The three-door LRX is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel hybrid engine which Land Rover says only emits 120g/kg of carbon dioxide emissions.

The LRX is the first new Land-Rover to be launched since Gerry McGovern took over as chief designer. Its hybrid system incorporates an integrated electric rear axle drive (ERAD) that lets it use electric drive alone at lower speeds. And unlike hybrid technologies used on other SUVs mechanical drive to all four wheels is retained.

Ford has announced that Tata is now the only bidder for Jaguar and Land-Rover, and while a deal is still being thrashed out, it seems that the terms will include a five-year period during which Tata cannot close any of the Jaguar or Land-Rover plants – safeguarding jobs at Halewood and Solihull for the mid-term. Executives believe all three plants will be needed – especially if the LRX becomes the LR1, as expected.

Land Rover LRX concept

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