RRGaydon, England – Land Rover has announced that it will introduce a two-wheel drive option for its new compact Range Rover, in addition to a four-wheel drive version, and will have a hybrid version ready for 2012. On sale in 2011, the 2WD will emit less than 130 g/km of CO2, making it the lightest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever.

Jaguar Land Rover has committed to investing £800 million in developing environmental technologies and vehicles with sustainable features that respond to customer demand.

“Land Rover has announced that the all-new compact Range Rover will be available in 2WD,” said Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover. “This is good news for the company and for our customers. A 2WD option is just one way in which we are developing our vehicles’ efficiency whilst adding to the Land Rover range and expanding our customer base. We will continue to make the world’s finest all-terrain vehicles for those customers who require 4WD, but will also now offer an alternative to those that don’t.”

By the end of 2010, Land Rover will be testing the first diesel hybrid prototype, called the Range_e, which is being developed using a Range Rover Sport platform. The first diesel hybrid will be available in 2012 and on the road in 2013.

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