New compact SUV testing at the Nurburgring
21 September 2009

Range Rover is honing its new LRX compact SUV for class-leading roadholding, as these pictures of the car testing at the Nurburgring show.

Under the skin of the chopped Freelander mule is the car maker’s new premium compact SUV, which will take on accomplished rivals such as the Kuga, from old parent company Ford.

Excellent off-road ability is part of any Range Rover package, but the company is equally keen to give the LRX supreme on-road manners.

The LRX will be positioned as the new, more environmentally friendly face of Range Rover as part of the brand’s 40th anniversary.

It’s expected that the styling of the final version of the LRX will differ from the concept. The car could also have the option of a hybrid drivetrain, which may be standard on more expensive versions.

The LRX is based on the same basic transverse engine platform as the Freelander. The hybrid version of the LRX will probably use an electrically driven rear axle, which will work in combination with the engine-driven front wheels.

Premium small models are currently enjoying huge popularity, as buyers still want smaller cars that retain an upmarket feel. Production of the LRX is likely to start in early 2011.

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21 September 2009

Not heavy enough, engine going to be too weedy and clean, not intimidating enough on the road, has Bluetooth (I want to talk into my handset on the motorway when I am tailgating) and it will not permit me to look down on the hoi-polloi peasants that I'm trying to mow down (who will inevitably survive the impact due to it being far too pedestrian-friendly).

I ask you. What's the bloody point?

21 September 2009

Is it the Range Rover LRX or the Land Rover LRX? Even you, Autocar, seem confused. We know - 99% certain - it'll be branded Range Rover - in order to justify the no-doubt stonking price.

So is it a cut-down Freelander floorpan, itself taken from Ford/Volvo's medium to large platforms, or is it a Ford Focus/Kuga based platform, a legacy from Ford, before the sell-off was completed last year?

Judging by the size of the brake discs on that Freelander mule it's not exactly packing huge horsepower.

21 September 2009

[quote Steelydan]

Not heavy enough, engine going to be too weedy and clean, not intimidating enough on the road, has Bluetooth (I want to talk into my handset on the motorway when I am tailgating) and it will not permit me to look down on the hoi-polloi peasants that I'm trying to mow down (who will inevitably survive the impact due to it being far too pedestrian-friendly).

I ask you. What's the bloody point?

[/quote]

I wish there was a 'thank you' button on this forum.. funniest post I have seen in a long while.

21 September 2009

To be known as the "Weelander", given it's exciting design...zzzzzz

What have they been doing for the past 3 or 4+ years? Get Freelander drawings, copy at 90% reduction, go to lunch.

21 September 2009

So this is smaller than a Freelander, right?

But badged as a Range Rover?

I smell the whiff of a devalued brand...

21 September 2009

Woohoo - just what we all wanted. An SUV that can go round the Nuremburg ring in under 9 minutes. Or whatever.

It's a mule - hence why it looks like a Freelander! We'll have to wait and see what it actually looks like.

The brake discs could be small for two reasons - light weight or low power. Let's hope it's the first...

21 September 2009

Oh and the registration details for this registration quote a 2 litre petrol. So are we looking at a 2.0 petrol/hybrid powering this thing?

21 September 2009

I hate people who say "Oh and...." in forum posts. HATE them.

21 September 2009

"I like BMWs too but, like all new cars and all houses these days, they're far, FAR too expensive."

Chill. Remember, you can't buy a thrill.

21 September 2009

[quote justi]Remember, you can't buy a thrill.[/quote]

Ever been to Amsterdam?

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