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LRX Concept | Land Rover International

Looking back to Land Rover's history with the Defender, the idea of a compact Range Rover shouldn't be shocking. And that's why Land Rover will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Range Rover with the unveiling of the LRX today in London.

The event will take place at The Orangery at Kensington Palace. Those paying attention will also note that it will be on the opening day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, so the LRX is likely to make an appearance at that event at some point over the weekend as well.

Range Rover is being coy about the name of the new vehicle, however, perhaps hinting that it won't go to production with the LRX moniker we've become so familiar with over its development, saying "The name of the all-new compact Range Rover will be announced when the car is revealed."

The LRX was previously expected to make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show this autumn, and that's still a likely candidate for its first show-circuit appearance. The concept version of the LRX is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine capable of sucking 60 mpg out of biodiesel. The biodiesel element may not make it to production, but we'd expect to see a highly-efficient diesel engine in the car from the start. Stop-start tech and lightweight materials are also expected to play a key role in fuel savings with the new compact Range Rover.

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This here is the all-new Range Rover Evoque, a compact SUV that we came to know as the Land Rover LRX, which was the concept version that previewed the production model. Land Rover unveiled its new 'baby' SUV at an exclusive event in London for guests attending a 40th birthday celebration of Range Rover held with VOGUE magazine.

The new Range Rover Evoque has remained remarkably true to the LRX show car as the only visible differences concern some minor details such as the exposed door handles and the larger (and apparently far more practical for everyday use) exterior mirrors.

"The all-new Range Rover Evoque is an important step for the future continued success and growth of the brand," said Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover.

Aside from the three-door model unveiled today, Land Rover will also add a five-door body style to the lineup. The company hasn't released many details on the SUV, but it has confirmed that it will be available in front- and all-wheel drive configurations.

According to Land Rover, the 2WD drive model will emit less than 130g/km of CO2 making it the 'greenest' and most fuel efficient Range Rover ever.

The Range Rover Evoque will make its global public debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September and will go on sale in Europe in the summer of 2011 and in North America and other markets in the fall of the same year.

The all-new Range Rover Evoque will be built at Land Rover's plant in Halewood, with the company stating that it will create 1,000 new jobs in the Merseyside area.

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LR have said they want to put distance between the two brands, taking RR more upmarket, and LR more utilitarian. This probably means no replacement for the current disco, with the Freelander and Defender replacement being the only LR models, and the full-fat RR, RRS and Evoque representing the RR brand.

I am liking the looks of the Evoque a LOT. Bet it's stupidly expensive for a golf sized car, though.

Si.

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