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Reports from the U.K suggest a hybrid version of the Land Rover LRX concept from the 2008 auto-show circuit has been confirmed for production.
The two-door, off-road luxury sport-utility vehicle is said to be derived from the Land Rover LR2, save for its new hybrid powertrains. While gas-engine versions will also be produced, it's the gas-electric version that's won the explicit approval of the British government--it announced in March that it would offer $44 million in incentives for Land Rover to produce a new, green vehicle.
The Land Rover hybrid system, also shown in "Land-e" concept form, allows its vehicles to run in gas-only, electric-only, and hybrid modes. In all, the new vehicle and technology will cost $650 million to develop.
AutoExpress reports the new hybrid version won't be in production for two more years, but the gas-only version should arrive early next year. The magazine also says the vehicle will carry the "Range Rover" name, unlike the LR2 and LR2 Land Rovers--though it will be built alongside the LR2 in Land Rover's Halewood, U.K., plant.