New 'mini-Landy' on the cards: report


Rumours are popping up in the cybergarage that Jaguar Land Rover is looking at an even smaller SUV than the Evoque and Freelander, as a new entry-level offering in what is internally referred to as the company's 'leisure range’ - the Freelander and Discovery.

Apparently, the Defenders are the utility range and the Range Rovers (Evoque included), the luxury models.

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Jaguar Land Rover is planning to introduce 40 new Land Rover models over the next five years, including a stretched Evoque.

This, according to Inside Line, is all part of an ambitious plan to introduce 40 new Land Rover models over the next five years, including a 'stretched' Evoque, possibly with a third row of seats.

The new 'sub-Freelander' model, which would be the smallest vehicle in Land Rover's range - not much bigger than the original Series 1 of the 1940s - would lead a move towards more pizzazz in Freelander/Discovery styling, aiming at a less boxy, more sporty look with more car-like interiors.


Which the bench racers in the IOL cybergarage find amusing, given that Chrysler has just begun turning its Jeep range around to make them more Jeep-like - although, to be fair, the increased luxury level and smoother styling of the Disco 4 seems to have struck a chord with customers, that’s been reflected in improved sales.

Nevertheless, the new mini-Landy is still a long way down the road, according to Inside Line, and not even the most basic parameters have been decided yet.

At a guess, look for something more crossover than cross-country, possibly built around Jaguar Land Rover's brilliant new 2.2-litre turbodiesel, with all-wheel drive available only on the top-of-the-range models - rather like the Mini Countryman, although possibly a littler beefier.

It would need to be, to carry a Land Rover badge with any credibility.

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