Land Rover has confirmed that the compact Range Rover due for public showing at the Paris Show later this year will have two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive options.
The move follows the recent release of cut-price front-drive versions of a range of compact crossovers, including Toyota's RAV4, Hyundai's ix35, Holden's Captiva, Mazda's CX-7 and Nissan's Dualis.
The 2WD vehicle will emit less than 130g/km of CO2, which will make it the most fuel efficient Range Rover ever and will be based on the evocative LRX Concept pictured. The 4WD version will nonetheless still be an impressive 140g/km.
As part of the introduction of 2WD, Land Rover will be focusing on three main areas of technology to reduce the weight of Land Rover vehicles, reduce parasitic losses and increase powertrain efficiency.
Land Rover has confirmed its first diesel-electric hybrid model will become available in Europe in 2012, before hitting European roads in 2013 – and it will be based on the large Discovery-based Range Rover Sport.
Powered primarily by Land Rover's existing 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engine, matched with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the hybrid Rangie Sport's goals are to achieve a range of 32km using electric power only, emit less than 100g/km of CO2 and to accelerate to a top speed of around 190km/h.
The compact Range Rover will go on sale with front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive in mid 2011.
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