Land Rover design director thinks there’s room for a smaller Range Rover Evoque image

Land Rover is considering a smaller SUV than the compact-sized Evoque, says the brand’s design director.

Gerry McGovern told Automotive News Europe that the brand could build a smaller Evoque in the future. “Certainly, I think we can go smaller. In a world focusing on sustainability you could argue that smaller and lighter is the way to go,” McGovern answered when asked about future plans for the premium Range Rover line.

Since the launch of the compact SUV last year, Land Rover has sold more than 90,000 Evoques, in both three- and five-door forms. But premium carmakers are considering even smaller SUVs, with Audi design boss Stefan Sielaff advancing the idea of a Q1 SUV, which would fit in below the Q3. Audi Q1 aside, Land Rover’s small SUV would compete with the Mini Countryman and the new Buick Encore. Currently, only volume brands such as Fiat, Suzuki and Toyota offer subcompact-sized SUVs in Europe.

The Evoque is a sales hit in Europe, with Land Rover delivering 27,685 units in the first half of the year, almost as much as the rest of the Land Rover models combined (29,891 units).