Cash boost for new Land Rover

The new Land Rover LRX concept car could be on sale by the end of next year after the Government pledged financial support to the project.

The compact, lightweight LRX was the star of the 2008 Detroit Motor Show and Land Rover is expected to make a decision by the end of the year on whether the four-seat car goes into production.

The finished article will not be exactly the same as the concept unveiled in Detroit but will be based on it.

The vehicle had a tapered rear end, a shallow grille, 20-inch alloy wheels, soft brown leather covers inside and hosted full off-road capabilities.

The LRX, which will be part of the company's Range Rover family, is described as a cross-coupe and can also be seen as an SUV (sports utility vehicle).

Land Rover has described the LRX as "a very different Land Rover", carrying the company into "a segment where the brand has never been before, and with a proposed level of efficiency that would make it one of the cleanest vehicles in its class".

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