Looks like the coupe-crossover-SUVs is the next big thing. If the oil-market doesn’t go bust wreaking havoc throughout the Middle East and Russia, half a dozen of the European premium marques will soon start selling their own versions of a luxury coupe-shaped SUV. Since BMW was the first who started digging the potential gold vein with its gorgeous X6, it is no wonder that their 2008 Land Rover LRX concept looks almost ready for a production line.
BMW will certainly be ahead of its major competitors but Land Rover will definitely try to make it to the market as the second automaker with this strange kind of highway-bound off-road vehicle available.
The good news is that the Land Rover LRX coupe crossover will not resemble the hideous Land Rover Range Stormer Coupe SUV first introduced at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show.
The bad news is that the sketch revealed at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt looks too much like a blurred photo of the latest BMW X6 Concept.
Seems that Land Rover’s new design chief Gerry McGovern will have a hard time making the concept more distinct from the Bavarian soon-to-be-introduced monster.
The car will probably share its platform with the current Land Rover Freelander / LR2 crossover SUV and will cost around $40,000.
Automotive News expects the Land Rover coupe SUV concept to be officially revealed at the upcoming motor show in Detroit next January.
UPDATE: More photos of the Land Rover LRX coupe SUV concept revealed. The car doesn’t resemble the 2008 BMW X6 but it still looks horrible.
Photos: Land Rover
See also: 2008 Lexus LX 570 luxury crossover SUV