Land Rover LRX Concept

14Dec07

Land Rover LRX Coupe Concept SUV

Land Rover LRX Concept

The compact and light-weight LRX with sustainability-focused technologies addresses the needs of a changing world.”No single technology delivers all the answers to whole-life sustainability, but the LRX concept brings together some of the ideas for the future that interest us.” says Land Rover’s managing director Phil Popham.

A premium cross-coupé smaller than the LR2, designed for those who seek the presence of a SUV in a compact package. While handling and performance are underlined, it still has full-time four-wheel drive and Hill Descent Control and a special version of  the Terrain Response system. To reflect the LRX’s on-road bias, Land Rover’s Terrain Response gains a ‘Eco’ mode for urban driving. The lower weight and reduced aerodynamic drag give significant gains in fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. The LRX concept adopts intelligent power management systems and other technologies from the Land_e concept.The design of LRX has a very dynamic profile, with a floating roofline and a muscular shoulder running the length of the car, accentuated by the rising beltline. The glazing wraps right around LRX hiding all pillars. Its front-end design makes a powerful and instantly recognisable statement of Land Rover’s identity. There are new interpretations of Land Rover’s traditional clamshell bonnet, jewel-like headlamps, tapering blade indicator clusters front and rear, and subtle side vents. The LRX’s wheelarches are wide but softly integrated, housing 20-inch alloy at each corner. The perforated two-bar grille, door releases concealed in the car’s shoulders and graphic details ‘punched out’ of the smooth body make the LRX beautifully proportioned and elegantly simple – but very dramatic and distinctive.The interior of the LRX concept demonstrates how a compact Land Rover can still be practical and sophisticated. The cabin features a combination of soft leathers in rich tan and dark chocolate, with polished aluminium details. The sloping architecture of the centre console reflects LRX’s sporty dynamics. A distinctive binnacle over the instrument cluster houses an LCD display with a three-dimensional look. The instrument graphics present data in layers depending on their level of importance. When appropriate, displayed information transfers between the main instrument cluster and the touch screen. A second touch-screen area gives a fully interactive display and control for LRX’s iPhone docking facility. Different drivetrain modes are matched by the cabin’s background lighting colour – green in economy, red in sports and blue in standard mode.Although LRX is compact, clever use of space makes it impressively roomy, and many neat design touches maximise its practicality. The LRX’s floating seats have open frameworks to reinforce the impression of light, airy interior space – while also creating useful under-seat and under-floor storage areas. The clever, powered mechanism of the seat backs maximises interior flexibility and helps create a large, flat storage area when needed.The elegant structures of the seats and instrument panel are left exposed – one novel approach that Land Rover’s designers have taken to reduce vehicle weight. Another example is replacing the glass for the side windows and roof with polycarbonate, which is around 40% lighter. Even the choice of trim materials reflects Land Rover’s thinking about sustainability, with vegetable-tanned leather, extensive use of readily recyclable aluminium and carpet made of felt from sustainable sources. The luxurious, vanilla-coloured ‘suede’ on the doors and headliner is 100% recycled material made from used plastic bottles.

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