Mike Stevens | May 19, 2010

FOLLOWING REPORTS earlier this week, Land Rover has today confirmed that the upcoming Range Rover LRX will see a two-wheel-drive variant in its line-up.

While Land Rover has not confirmed whether the variant will be front- or rear-wheel-drive, speculation in the Australian press today has suggested that Land Rover's earlier decision to avoid a front-wheel-drive layout can only mean that the 2WD variant will be driven from the rear.

With a demographic likely to be made up of regular motorists seeking a small and attractive prestige SUV, it is more likely that Land Rover will simply leave out the all-wheel-drive components and send power to the front wheels only.

Production of the LRX is scheduled to begin later this year, and while pricing and full technical details have not yet been revealed, the compact SUV is expected to enter at a higher price point than the Freelander, Land Rover's current entry-level model.

Land Rover says the new Range Rover will be the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the carmaker has ever offered.

"Feedback from our customer research fully supports our belief that a production version of the LRX Concept would further raise the desirability of our brand and absolutely meet their expectations," Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover said.

Petrol, diesel and hybrid versions have been suggested, with the hybrid engine expected to be able to run in three modes: electric, petrol, and a petrol-electric hybrid mode.

Speaking with TMR, Land Rover Australia's Kevin Goult confirmed the company's plans to bring the LRX to Australian roads (and 'off'-roads).

"The LRX is a model we will bring in, yes. It will be here. At this point it's obviously a period of time before we'll see it on our shores, but it's definitely one we will see here," Mr Goult said.

Click here to read TMR's review of the Land Rover Freelander

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