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Report: 2012 Land Rover LRX Due For June 2010 Reveal

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2012 Range Rover LRX

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Celebrating an major anniversary in the car-making world almost always means revealing a new model or concept - take Mini's 50th, for example - and Land Rover isn't one to buck the tradition. A report out today says the Range Rover LRX will arrive on June 17, 2010 - the 40th anniversary of the Range Rover's first public unveiling.

The LRX, shown off in concept form at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, has received a lot of attention for pairing a sharp, modern design with Land Rover's traditional proportions. It has also caught the eye of eco-types thanks to a 50 mpg hybrid version that's rumored to be headed for production.

Production of the LRX is tipped to start in early 2011 according to the new report, going on sale shortly after as a 2012 year model. The production LRX has already been previewed in a single official image released earlier this year, but the final version could yet differ slightly.

The concept version of the LRX derived its power from a 2.0-liter diesel-hybrid system, rated at 60 mpg and tuned for bio-diesel use. The final hybrid may not combine both diesel and electric drive in a single package for cost reasons, but gasoline, hybrid and diesel powertrains are all expected to play a role in the final product.

[Autocar via Motor Authority]

 
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  1. Maybe I'm just not able to comprehend the arithmetic here. We are just wrapping up the eighth month of 2009. Next year, June 2010, the 2012 model will be released. What happens to the 2011 model?
    I sure miss the days when all new car introductions were crammed in the months of September, October and maybe November for cars designated for the following calendar year designation. The NHTSA had some pretty firm rules about the phase-in of some of the Federal Safety Standards. Did everyone just cover their eyes and ears and decided that it really doesn't matter?
    Another beef (I'm crabby tonight). Some cars have names that stick for generations: Mustang, Corolla for example. Others have 3-digit model names - the favorite of all time was the BMW 318 - oh yeah, they did hang an "i" on it.
    Just crazy. Now we get three-letter names, too. What the hell does CTX really mean?
     
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