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Info, gallery, videos: Eco Landy

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Land Rover, normally known for gas-guzzling 4x4s, has unveiled what the British car brand claims is one of its most environmentally-friendly cars yet.

The company unveiled the LRX hybrid concept at the Detroit Motor Show.

The LRX concept hints at a new compact off-roader that is likely to slot in below the Freelander and become the brand's entry-level model.

Designed to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 30%, the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is designed to run on biodiesel.

An integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) will enable the car to run on electric power at speeds below 32km/h. According to Land Rover the LRX's CO2 emissions are 120 grams per kilometre.

"The LRX concept delivers the powerful message that we are as serious about sustainability as we are confident about the continuing relevance and desirability of our vehicles," Phil Popham, Land Rover's managing director, said.

"LRX is in every respect a Land Rover, but it's a very different Land Rover."

Popham also said that the LRX, while still a concept car, "represents an exciting way forward" for the manufacturer.

Ford has put Land Rover and its sister carmaker Jaguar up for sale, with India's Tata reportedly being the main bidder.


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