First came news that the 2011 Ford Explorer would be a unibody front-wheel-drive sport ute, instead of the body on frame RWD version we’d come to expect. Now, Land Rover, maker of storied off road vehicles that have been to hell and back, has announced a new front wheel drive version of their upcoming LRX. Expect it to be unveiled at this October’s Paris Auto Show, with production beginning sometime in 2011. We probably won’t see it on this side of the pond, as the sole motor identified to date is a 2.2 liter turbo diesel developed in conjunction with Peugeot.
Land Rover has adopted the FWD design to lower both the price and the CO2 emissions. The eco-friendly approach has prompted the UK government to give Land Rover 27 million pounds in financial assistance to develop the new model.