Land Rover has finally broken their tradition of building 4X4 for the last 60 years, and come up with this; a Front Wheel Drive only Land Rover. Its currently called the 'Land Rover Compact' and by looking at its dimensions, you can understand where its name was derived. The Compact is still in its concept stage but it is very near production ready and this is probably Land Rover's best bet at infiltrating the un-Land Roverish land of Singapore...
People here would question, why would I need all the gizmos and low range gears of a Land Rover? Not to mention the immense size of the thing and how it drinks petrol, its as good as pouring it down the drain and burning holes in all your wallets. This Land Rover is different. Its aimed at the stay home mom who has to ferry the kids to school, and then to soccer practice and then for tuition yet provides the elevated driving road position and the presence which will prevent road going Bengs from bullying you. Its like buying the shell of an SUV yet it doesn't give you the feeling of being ripped off just because it is shaped to be an SUV as it suits the urban lifestyle and doesn't make you pay for all the robustness and 4 wheel drive gadgetry that you don't really need.
This particular model here is by far the best looking Land Rover I've ever seen. It looks sleek, modern and contemporary. It would just blast the BMW X5 out the door with this kind of looks rather than the chunky elephant that is rather common on Singapore roads. Buying one of these is like buying a Jaguar while everyone else is running to Mercedes showrooms, it makes you feel unique. And rather special.
Of course there will be critics who say that Land Rover is losing the 'brand values' of being a thoroughbred 4X4 SUV manufacturer, but I think this idea is brilliant. I do hope this comes to Singapore because its totally cool.