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According to a report from Auto Express, the Range Rover line is set to expand yet again, and its dimensions will continue to shrink in order to take on small premium hatches and crossovers like the Volkswagen Golf, BMW X1 and Nissan Juke. Supposedly, there is a new two-door Range in the works that will cost less than £25,000 and be smaller and less expensive than the Evoque. Stressing car-like feel and handling, the coupe crossover would keep the Evoque's styling cues, but be lower to the ground and have shorter overhangs as well as greater rake to the roofline.

The basic version would be front-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive being optional, and that FWD version is suggested to have a four-cylinder diesel providing range-topping gas mileage. A gas-powered, 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo would be the enthusiast option for the top end. According to Land Rover design head Gerry McGovern, we "haven't seen the bookends" of the Range Rover line, meaning it could grow on both lower and upper ends.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      the evoque is already embarrassing enough
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can I please get a Defender in the US! Errr
      • 4 Years Ago
      "as well as greater rake to the roofline."

      Slaps palm on the forehead:
      That is the one styling cue I am not overly fond of with the Evoque and they want to make it "greater!!!!!!"

      Sigh...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This could go very well or very badly.

      If it turns out to be an off-road capable compact ute, a la the Fiat Panda, with more capability than a compact crossover, it could give Land Rover the fuel-efficient vehicle it needs to meet CAFE.

      If it turns out to be a Smart car on stilts, though, it won't sell, and will probably dilute the Land Rover brand.

      I, personally, wish that they would release more information on project ICON. I don't want a Land Rover subcompact, but I'd sure like a Defender with a diesel that got decent mileage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When the Defender replacement comes LR should bring it here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are being forced to play the CAFE game.

      • 4 Years Ago
      If it looks like that it could be cool
      but it must also perform

      can it get 40mpg and climb a mountain while still looking like that?
      doubtful

      I think they will borrow someone's platform and just re-skin it
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks, CAFE! Now go screw yourself!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I miss the days when Brand Identity was more than just the badge on the hood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This seems like a terrible idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why don't they make it fun and use RWD? Whatever...LR has lost their roots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lol @ all you desk jockies getting your panties in a bunch. I've said it before and I'll say it again, there's tons to be made in the vast completely untapped luxury hatch segment and lr is possibly the easiest brand to use to make that money. Keep struggling with why the evoke is smaller than any other legit cuv (hint it's a hatch), why it's fwd (hint it's a hatch) with awd option (cough a3), why it's 2.0t (duh it's a hatch like the a3) and why it's as close to the a3 in size as it isn't to the q5 or x3. Landrover is building a luxury hatch because the brand will sell extremely well to soccer moms and yuppies, it only makes all the sense in the world to not only target Audi but mini as well.

      It's 2010. Porsche makes SUVs and sedans, and lr will make a killing with hatchbacks all the while being able to, crucially, fund what they are known for. This 1950s faux nostalgia of the car world is about as inane as a 1950s political view of 2010
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