More Land Rover LRX concept cars planned for Geneva
( MotorAuthority ) - Land Rover first rolled out the LRX Concept at last month's Detroit Auto Show but that sole white car on display was never going to be the last we heard or saw of the carmaker's new compact crossover. Set to be on display at this week's Geneva event is two new versions of the LRX, one in black and another in silver.
Using lightweight material technologies, Land Rover has developed a series of bespoke features for the black and silver LRX that add to the vehicle's individuality and flexibility. These include removable carbon composite roof panels and more carbon pieces for the protective underbody plates plus new lightweight alloy wheels.
Under the hood sits a 2.0L turbodiesel-hybrid powertrain, which when running on biodiesel achieves a mileage figure of 60mpg (4.7L/100km) and a correspondingly low carbon emissions rating of 120g of CO2 per km. The LRX system features an integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD), which enables the AWD crossover to use electric power alone at low speeds. When added power is needed, the car's Integrated Starter-Generator (ISG) kicks in and restarts the engine. The electric drive would then continue to assist the mechanical drive until the engine is running in its most efficient range, benefiting both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Officials insist the LRX is purely a concept but the level of promotional effort the new car is receiving is the biggest indication the LRX will likely spawn Land Rover's newest production model.