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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 5th 2010
8--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 5, 2010 Offroad king goes slimline LIGHTWEIGHT: Land Rover's two- wheel drive LRX is expected in local showrooms by September next year sporting a Range Rover badge. 'For us it will also give buyers who don't really need four-wheel drive an opportunity to get into a Land Rover product' THE king of off-roaders is glowing green and going on a diet. Known for its heavy gas- guzzlers, Land Rover is planning a diesel hybrid and two-wheel drive. The company is also spending more than $1 billion to design and build more eco-friendly off-roaders that are lighter and more fuel efficient to help combat tougher emission regulations. The two-wheel drive version of the Land Rover LRX off-roader will arrive in local showrooms about September next year. Land Rover Australia spokesman, Tim Krieger, says the small off- roader will wear a Range Rover badge when it arrives. However, he says the final name of the car and product lineup is still under review. ''It will sit above the Freelander and below the Range Rover Sport,'' he says. ''For us it will also give buyers who don't really need four-wheel drive an opportunity to get into a Land Rover product.'' It will also help expand the carma- ker's customer base and give it a serious competitor in a growing two- wheel drive crossover segment, he says. The LRX will emit less than 130g/km of CO2, making it the most fuel efficient and lightest, Range Rover ever. The company's first diesel electric hybrid Range Rover Sport is planned for 2013. But far from walking away from its off-road heritage, Land Rover's managing director Phil Po- pham says the company remains committed to making ''the world's finest all-terrain vehicles'' for cus- tomers who need a 4WD. ''But we'll also now offer an alternative to those that don't.'' Testing of the diesel hybrid proto- type, called the ''range-e'', will start using a Range Rover Sport later this year. The Sport will use an existing 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine with an eight-speed ZF automatic trans- mission. The goal is to achieve a range of 32km using electric power only as well as emitting less than 100 g/km of CO2. NEIL McDONALD *Available to approved Business Applicants of Audi Finance** for New and Demonstrator Audi vehicles on a Hire Purchase over a 36, 48 or 60 month term with no deposit. Interest rate is 3% for the first 12 months and will be at market rate thereafter until the end of the contract. Oﬀer starts on 14th May 2010 and ends on 30th June 2010, while stock lasts, and only available on vehicles ordered and delivered within this period. Full conditions are available on application. Fleet, government and rental buyers are excluded Standard fees and charges apply. **Audi Finance is a trading name of Volkswagen Financial Services Australia Pty Ltd. AUDI4645/30FIN/HM/20x8/1505 Celebrate the anniversary of Audi inventing quattro permanent all-wheel drive with this landmark End of Financial Year finance oﬀe r. finance oﬀer 3% on t miss out this historic oﬀer ends une . ontact Audi Centre obart 246 Murray Street Hobart, or call ( ) 8 today. 3% p.a.for 12 months* . No deposit. Across the entire Audi range.
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