The now Indian owned off road specialists, Land Rover, have decided to put their hybrid LRX concept car into production. What was interesting about the original vehicle is that Land Rover is not the type of manufacturer that tends to come out with concept vehicles, so it was nice to see that when they did, it will become an actual road going model.
The all new Hybrid LRX is set to debut sometime in the next two years. The gas/electric Rover will feature a drive unit that can run exclusively on battery power giving it the capabilities of an Electric Vehicle; and can also run on gasoline only or a combination of the two. It is also quite likely that the Hybrid LRX will receive some form of the futuristic looking Land-E concept car ’s electric drive rear axle. The unit works much like BMW’s advanced rear ends that replace the traditional gear or clutch driven limited slip differentials in favor of a set of electromagnets that can send electric power to the front axle, alter the inner and outer wheel torque electronically all in the search of traction.
It will be about two years before there are any hybrid LRXs cruising down the highway or traversing mountain passes, but until then Land Rover has pledged to bring down CO2 emissions from their vehicles. So in an attempt for the green oval to be a little greener, Land Rover will include stop-start technology and brake energy regeneration systems into all their models in the near future.