Land Rover will debut a vehicle based on the LRX Concept car some time in 2010 and begin selling it in 2011. That’s the official word from Gaydon, Warwickshire.
“The production of a small Range Rover model is excellent news for our employees, dealers and customers,” Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover said. “It is a demonstration of our commitment to investing for the future, to continue to deliver relevant vehicles for our customers, with the outstanding breadth of capability for which we are world-renowned.”
The LRX is expected to join the Range Rover range which currently includes the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport models. Judging from the fact that it will be available in over 100 countries globally, this is not a niche product at all.
Engines were not officially announced but I reckon one or two from sister Jaguar will make their way in, including the 5.0-litre V8 and the 3.0-litre twin turbo diesel.
First unveiled as a concept in Detroit in 2008, the LRX then made its way to international motor fairs and even appeared at the 2008 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS).