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Old 04-09-2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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Default Land Rover planning entry-level 'baby' SUV?

Autoblog: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/04/09/l...evel-baby-suv/



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Autocar reports Land Rover may be mulling a new, inexpensive SUV to slot below the company's current offerings. John Edwards, global brand director for Land Rover, has confirmed his company's product planners are currently evaluating the viability of a baby SUV. Edwards says he scan see such a model performing well in several markets, but has yet to see a convincing business case for bringing the machine to life right now. Other premium manufacturers are seriously pushing into the small CUV market with vehicles like the upcoming Porsche Macan, BMW X1 and even the Mini Countryman.

If the small Land Rover were to come to fruition, we could expect the car to carry an MSRP of around 18,000 pounds in the UK, or around $27,500 in the US at current conversion rates. Autocar reports the machine would likely borrow design cues from the beefy-looking Land Rover DC100 Concept as well as the upcoming Defender replacement.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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I like. A wrangler and FJ alternative.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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Would consider, as long as they simplify the vehicle, rather than cut costs by trying to include a lot of features, and making them cheap.

Wouldn't be a problem if it replaced LR2, as a 3 and 5 door, with a boxier 'Landie' look, than the more slick "Rangie" look, below Range Rover Evoque's position.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:24 PM   #4
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Could consider if it had capable 4x4 abilities.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:26 PM   #5
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Has their reliability gotten any better? I don't pay as much attention to them since we(here) don't get cross shopped with them much. The few times we have, we took them in trades and they were horrid. Solidified why I could never consider one.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:35 PM   #6
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So this is smaller than an Evoque? That is already pretty small.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:05 PM   #7
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So would this be similar in size to the XV? If so, could be a nice upscale option.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:33 PM   #8
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So would this be similar in size to the XV? If so, could be a nice upscale option.
I think more like a Forester/BMW X1/MB GLK type of vehicle.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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sux that they are the most unreliable cars in the world.
a range rover sport is one of my all time fav cars, but hell no do i want to sit a dealers and shell out money every week.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:26 PM   #10
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The Evoque is already shorter than my STI something that looks slightly different and within an inch or two of an Evoque doesn’t really seem to have a business case to me.
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Because the freelander went over so well.

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Old 04-10-2013, 08:58 PM   #12
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Why do I have the niggling feeling that for a $27k Land Rover, they had to cut costs in some areas that might have an effect on reliability and durability?

And good to see that John Edwards has a new job at Land Rover.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:43 PM   #13
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Well, it looks sharp.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:39 PM   #14
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Why do I have the niggling feeling that for a $27k Land Rover, they had to cut costs in some areas that might have an effect on reliability and durability?

And good to see that John Edwards has a new job at Land Rover.
Maybe not in terms of reliability and durability but more to the effect of cheaper materials to cut costs or reduced profits for higher sales. They are probably taking a page out of BMW and MB by de-contenting the vehicle to achieve that low MSRP but have a laundry list of options that will shoot it to near LR2 prices.
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