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The director of design at Land Rover says there is potential to create an SUV smaller than the Range Rover Evoque for the premium brand’s global line-up.

Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern told industry journal Automotive News Europe he believes future products from the Indian-owned British manufacturer could be even smaller than the urban-styled compact Evoque.

“Certainly, I think we can go smaller,” McGovern said. “In a world focusing on sustainability, you could argue that smaller and lighter is the way to go.”

The award-winning Range Rover Evoque has been an undeniable hit for Land Rover, with more than 90,000 units sold already since its 2011 launch.

Land Rover’s Halewood plant is working three shifts around the clock to meet the continued demand for the Evoque, and there’s no sign of a slowdown.

Fellow premium European manufacturer Audi is also looking closely at the burgeoning baby SUV segment, with design chief Stefan Sielaff previously suggesting his brand’s interest in developing a crossover vehicle to sit below the Audi Q3.

Reports suggest Audi’s compact model could be based on the A1 platform, potentially leading to the creation of the ‘Q1’ nameplate.

  • Gayboi

    Gangnam Style

  • Daniel

    No. Don’t do that. The Evoque is as small as a four wheel drive should get and frankly, I’m sick of brands completely cluttering their ranges. This would also devalue the Range Rover name significantly. 

    • Zaccy16

      Yeah much too many models in new car ranges and lets hope range rover doesn’t go down that path

  • pixxxels

    Nooooooooooooo. Keep Land Rovers as off-road capable vehicles that people actually aspire to own. I don’t mind the Freelander and I like the Evoque, but that’s as small as they should go.

    Besides, if they made the Evoque any smaller i’m pretty sure the rear window would quite literally cease to exist. 

  • Shak

    The new Aluminium plant has a capacity of 100,000 apparently so a new Baby LR on an Aluminium platform would be very capable both on or off road.

  • No Fears

    I would like to hear about Evoque & Freelander after constant high mileage use & have Landrover finally put the reliability issues to bed or not & where drivelines are sourced from?
    Is the 2.2 diesel a Peugeot/Renault copy? A future basketcase?
    Some swear by them, others say spend the hard earned cash elsewhere.

    • matt

      theres this thing called google…. do try it… click the news tab once in a while to!

      • No Fears

        @#*! off Matt

  • Martin

    Is it a race among manufacturers to supersaturation? Sure seems like it.