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2010-05-18 09:24

First generation Range Rover owners will surely not be happy about the new front-wheel drive Rangey.

The world’s original SUV company has done the unthinkable and announced it will market a front-wheel drive vehicle.

Land Rover’s new compact Range Rover will boast both front- and all-wheel drive derivatives and go on sale next year. 

Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director explains. "Land Rover has announced that the all-new compact Range Rover will be available in 2WD. This is good news for the company and for our customers. A 2WD option is just one way in which we are developing our vehicles efficiency whilst adding to the Land Rover range and expanding our customer base. “

The compact Rangey will emit less than 130 g/km of CO2, which is remarkable for a vehicle of its size. Land Rover is dead keen to reduce the carbon footprint of its model portfolio and to this end the new hybrid diesel ‘range_e’ drivetrain will enter a trial period towards the end of this year.

Combining the current (and rather excellent Jaguar sourced) 3.0 TDV6 with a eight-speed ZF transmission and yet unspecified electric power, Land Rover hopes to see its large SUVs run tally some impressive figures with the ‘range_e’ drivetrain.

Land Rover hopes for a top speed of around 190km/h, autonomous electric drive range of 30km and emissions below 100 g/km of CO2.

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