Land Rover came out with its LRX luxury compact crossover SUV concept quite a while back, but now it's serious about bringing it to production. Think of it as a Range Rover Sport, only smaller. It will bear the Range Rover badge, but here's the heresy: There will be a two-wheel-drive version. Thankfully, an all-wheel-drive version will be available to preserve the company's reputation as one of the great names in off-roading. But a marque has to move with the times. If the production model can stay close to the LRX's looks, at least it will be a stylish thing, with just the right urban cred. As an aside to this news, Land Rover also plans to have a diesel hybrid drivetrain up and running in one of its larger vehicles by 2013. It will involve a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel and a ZF eight-speed auto transmission. The goal is to run for up to 20 miles on electric power only, yet also have a top speed of 120 mph.
Land Rover LRX Concept - Homey On The Range