Freelander test mule spotted lapping the 'Ring again
29 October 2009

Land Rover engineers have again been spied honing the Range Rover LRX's roadholding at the Nurburgring.

These pictures show an LRX test mule, which is using a Freelander 2 body with a shortened rear end and revised front bodywork.

Hi-res Range Rover LRX spy photos, plus see the concept car it will be based on

The fact the car has been repeatedly spied at the 'Ring is significant, as Land Rover is reported to have put emphasis on ensuring the car has class-leading on-road manners, as well as off-road capability. The adapted front bodywork suggests the testers were elso evaluating areas such as under bonnet airflow and cooling.

It’s expected that the styling of the final version of the LRX will differ from the concept. In particular, it will be higher, as the concept's rakish roof line didn't offer enough headroom to be practical.

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.

The Range Rover LRX will go into production in 2011, but is expected to be unveiled in production form on 17 June next year. This date is significant, as it will mark exactly 40 years since the original Range Rover was first revealed to the public.

Designed and engineered at Land Rover's Gaydon facility, the it will be the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced. It will be built at its plant in Halewood, on Merseyside.

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29 October 2009

The original concept was great. Looked good, individual and a bit different. The first really sporty disticntive 4x4. Where has the roofline and wedge shaped glass profile gone? It has turned into a boring Freelander look-a-like and all aspiration to ever consider one has long since gone - I just hope under the disguise lies something of the original concept.

29 October 2009

[quote MrNorthToYou]

The original concept was great. Looked good, individual and a bit different. The first really sporty disticntive 4x4. Where has the roofline and wedge shaped glass profile gone? It has turned into a boring Freelander look-a-like and all aspiration to ever consider one has long since gone - I just hope under the disguise lies something of the original concept.

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"These pictures show an LRX test mule, which is using a Freelander 2 body with a shortened rear end and revised front bodywork".

Hopefully you can recommence your aspiration.

29 October 2009

Its just a mule in a Freelander body - you have to ignore the looks (except to note where modifications have been made, such as the much shorter rear overhang).

29 October 2009

"it will be the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced"

Surely, the original Land Rover would have been smaller than the LRX? Also, it may have been lighter, but probably not as efficient!

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