Land Rover is most often associated with big, lumbering off-road vehicles, but the British automaker says it is considering a new utility vehicle that would slot beneath the compact Range Rover Evoque.
Following the industry's downsizing trend, Land Rover design head Gerry McGovern says the brand is considering a new model that would be even smaller than the recently introduced Evoque.
"Certainly, I think we can go smaller," McGovern told Automotive News Europe. "In a world focusing on sustainability you could argue that smaller and lighter is the way to go."
Most premium brands have yet to embrace the sub-compact utility segment, but that is starting to change. Audi is said to be developing a Q1 SUV and Mercedes-Benz will produce a new utility vehicle based on its new A-Class platform.
If the Evoque's sales are any indication, a smaller crossover could be a hit for Land Rover. Since launching in late 2011, Land Rover has sold more than 90,000 units of the Evoque worldwide.