These are the first pictures of the Range Rover LRX in action.
The spy pictures were taken near Land Rover's headquarters in the Midlands and this LRX is one of around 10 prototypes undergoing testing ahead of the car's launch at the Paris motor show in the autumn. Each model is believed to be running a different psychedelic disguise.
LRX is only a codename for the car at present, although its final production name has yet to be decided. The LRX will be built at Land Rover's Halewood plant in Merseyside and will be the first Land Rover to be offered with optional two-wheel drive, although only four-wheel drive models will be available from launch.
The LRX is similar to the VW Golf in size, although Land Rover has gone for style over practicality with its design.
All versions of the LRX are likely to use a version of the Freelander’s drivetrain, with a revised specification of that car’s PSA-sourced 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine producing around 185bhp. It will also be the first manual Range Rover since 2002, because a six-speed manual 'box will be standard. The front-drive model will emit less than 130g/km of CO2; four-wheel-drive LRXs will emit around 140g/km.
The LRX will enter production next year and will be priced from around £35,000; front-drive models will cost around £5000 less.