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.