Shock, Horror! Land Rover Plans to Launch a Two-Wheel Drive Model

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LAND ROVER purists had better brace themselves for a shock, for the legendary British four-wheel drive maker is about to do the unthinkable.

For the company which has built its reputation by making some of the world's most rugged - and most luxurious - four-by-four off-road machines has announced that it is planning to produce a two-wheel-drive model.

The car in question is the forthcoming new, compact Range Rover, due to be launched next year and based on the LRX concept car which was first revealed two years ago. It will have four-wheel drive as standard, but Land Rover has now announced that it will also introduce a two-wheel drive option for the new compact Range Rover as part of its quest to lower emissions across its range.

The company says that the two-wheel drive vehicle will emit less than 130g/km of CO2 - making it the lightest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever.

The move comes as part of an pounds 800m investment by Jaguar Land Rover in developing environmental technologies.

The programme will also see the launch, within the next three years, of diesel hybrid versions of other Land Rover models. The company says that it will be testing the first diesel hybrid prototype by the end of this year and that its first diesel hybrid will be available in 2012 and on the road in 2013. …