LOS ANGELES -- Land Rover will debut its LRX three-door "cross-coupe" concept at the Detroit auto show next month.
A major shift from big, gas-guzzling Rovers of late, the LRX is smaller than the LR2, weighs less and focuses on "sustainability technologies," Land Rover officials said in a statement.
"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," Land Rover Managing Director Phil Popham said in a statement. "The LRX is in every respect a Land Rover, but it's a very different Land Rover."
Features include full-time four-wheel drive, Hill Descent Control and a version of Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which adjusts how the engine and transmission respond to throttle power depending on driving conditions. The Terrain Response system in the LRX has an "Eco" mode for lower emissions in city driving.
LRX powertrain and sustainability technology details will be revealed at the Detroit show, but some form of hybrid powertrain or clean diesel technology could likely appear on the LRX.
Other notable traits include side windows and roof made from polycarbonate, reducing the weight by 40 percent compared with traditional glass, vegetable-tanned leather and some interior materials made from recycled plastic bottles, according to a press release.No production, pricing or release details have been made public. -- Ryan Beene