Land Rover Mulls Sub-Evoque Crossover
The plan is to have a new small crossover, to sit below the Evoque. The new vehicle would not share the same design language as the rest of the range, and it may draw its inspiration from the DC100 concept, which the manufacturer say s was well-received by the public.
The new vehicle would most likely not wear the Range Rover badge, and it would fit into the range nicely, as the Freelander and Discovery are being redesigned, and the all-new models will sit further upmarket, leaving the job of entry-level offering to this new model.
It will also feature yet-unnamed new technologies, which are said to give the vehicle a significant boost in economy, by improving powertrain efficiency and lowering weight.
There is only one problem. While Jaguar-Land Rover is undoubtedly keen to get a compact crossover out as soon as possible, to fight the Mazda CX-5 and Mitsubishi ASX, and even the Peugeot 2008, they need to collaborate with another, more experienced manufacturer, who also happens to have a suitable platform.
They currently have none which would do the job, and developing one just for this application, even if it would eventually get used in a compact Jaguar model would still not be feasible from a financial point of view. If they sort this problem, however, the small crossover will be developed and launched quicker than automakers have gotten us used to, to try and capitalize on the rising compact crossover market sector.
Story via autocar.co.uk