New compact SUV coupe is set to debut at the Paris motor show in September. The model will first launch as an all-wheel drive sometime in 2011. The front-wheel drive version of the LRX will go on sale at a later date.

Land Rover will be unveiling its first-ever front-wheel drive vehicle when it introduces the new LRX compact SUV coupe at the Paris motor show in September.

The Golf/C-segment-sized LRX is expected to go to production next year. The front-wheel drive version will not be made available right away as the LRX will launch first with its all-wheel drive variant.

That 4-wheel drive LRX is expected to come with a 2.2 liter diesel engine with 185 bhp (138 kW) supplied by PSA. It will come coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox. An automatic transmission will also be made available.

The front-wheel drive LRX will help reduce fleet CO2 emissions at Land Rover - with 130g/km versus 140 g/km for the all-wheel drive version. Land Rover also said it is still shopping for a name for the new vehicle as the LRX designation is just a code. It is considering calling it the Range Rover Compact.

Prices for the all-wheel drive LRX are expected to start at around £35,000 (€40,500). The front-drive variant will begin at about £30,000 (€34,700).

[UPDATE 18.05.2010] Land Rover has confirmed a 2WD option for the new compact Range Rover. Press release added below.

Upcoming Land Rover LRX to get front wheel drive, a Land Rover first