A three-door “cross coupe,” or somewhat of a mini-SUV, the LRX’s engine is one of the main things that sets it apart from previous models. A hybrid powertrain with a 2.0 liter diesel engine reportedly gets about 50 miles per gallon, extremely good numbers for any kind of SUV. This performance is made possible simply by shifting power from one part of the engine to the other -- when the LRX is traveling at less than 20 mph, the car is powered solely by electricity, while speeds above 20 mph require the diesel engine.
This lets you know that the LRX isn’t quite the off-roading vehicle that Land Rovers are known to be -- electric speeds of 20 mph are more suitable for stop-and-go, urban driving, not adventuresome excursions out on the prairie. Even the vehicle’s design suggests a sportier look than previous Land Rovers. The LRX is 5.9 inches shorter and 8.1 inches lower than the Freelander 2, which is Land Rover’s smallest car currently in production. The windows and roof are also constructed from lightweight polycarbonate, which is 40 percent lighter than glass, and the vehicle’s more aerodynamic shape helps to reduce drag -- all of this leads to better fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions that total about 120 g/km, another impressive statistic for an SUV.
To learn more about the LRX's interior, read the next page.