Land Rover is evaluating plans for a new entry-level SUV company boss John Edwards has confirmed – but he has stressed that it is one of many possible new models, and that work has yet to begin on any of them.

Speculation on Indian television had suggested that a new manufacturing plant could be built in the region, in preparation for manufacturing a new entry-level model that would be priced under the Freelander.

The source suggested it would be Land Rover’s smallest model yet and would have an engine of around two litres in capacity. If the plans were to go ahead, the new Land Rover could form the basis of a co-operative effort between Land Rover, Tata and Chinese partner Chery.

“We continue to look at opportunities for a smaller, cheaper Land Rover,” said Edwards. “But we are also clear that we are looking at many opportunities for Land Rover to expand, in different segments, different price points and so on. We want to grow, but we have to evaluate where the best opportunities are.”

Edwards also confirmed that any new Land Rover models would almost certainly be manufactured for sale in all global markets, suggesting speculation that the new small car would be for emerging markets only was misplaced.

Moreover, a sub-Freelander model could prove popular in Britain where sales of such cars are booming. The Mini Countryman is evidence of this and surely a fact acknowledged by Land Rover.