Auto Express, 18th May, 2010
Auto Express has obtained the first undisguised images of the eagerly anticipated compact Range Rover and the first pictures of the new, facelifted Land Rover Freelander.
Lightly disguised with a psychedelic paint job, these world first shots of the Range Rover reveal just how faithful to the design of the original Land Rover LRX concept car the new Range Rover will be.
It’s distinctive three-door bodywork and bold profile are virtually identical to the 2008 Detroit Motor Show star, as is the dramatic face, which gets pinched headlamps and a bold honeycomb grille.
Under the skin, Range Rover is promising to offer the very latest fuel saving technology. That means drivers will be offered a choice of 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines – both of which will offer stop and start technology.
First versions of the car will feature four wheel drive transmissions, though parent firm Land Rover has announced that a two-wheel drive edition is also under development.
The first front wheel drive model in its history, the two-wheel drive machine will be an addition to the range of all wheel drive compact Range Rovers. Serving as an entry level model that will focus on lower running costs and improved fuel efficiency.
Low emmissions are also promised, with the car producing less than 120g/km of CO2 – all of which will be achieved without the need for hybrid technology.
Land Rover is also likley to benefit from the new two wheel drive powertrain. Though no official announcement has been made, it seems likley that the technology will be made available on the front wheel drive edition of the facelifted Land Rover Freelander – which we also have pictured.
Looking further into the future, Land Rover is also working on a hybrid evolution of both this car and the compact Range Rover – due for launch in 2013.
[Source: Auto Express]
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