New compact Range Rover to be built in Liverpool

The new car will be a production version of the LRX concept car and will join the Land Rover range in 2011.

The Land Rover LRX concept indicated the new Range Rover will be the lightest, smallest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced, as Land Rover continues its drive to produce ‘greener’ cars.

Unlike the LRX concept, the compact Range Rover is expected to feature five-doors but much of the design styling will be taken from the concept car. The design features the signature ‘clamshell’ bonnet and floating roof of previous Range Rover models.

Production of the new Range Rover will be a boost for the Land Rover Halewood Plant, which currently produces the Land Rover Freelander 2.

Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover said: "The production of a small Range Rover model is excellent news for our employees, dealers and customers. It is a demonstration of our commitment to investing for the future, to continue to deliver relevant vehicles for our customers, with the outstanding breadth of capability for which we are world-renowned.”

Prices and specifications for the new Range Rover will be released closer to the release date.