JLR boss Ralf Speth has not ruled out the addition of a smaller model to sit below the Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has said there is still room for the company's UK manufacturing capacity to grow, while also refusing to rule out the possibility of a Range Rover model smaller than the Evoque in the future.

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Speth believes that a 20% increase in capacity in the UK was "at the lower range" of a production increase in the UK over the next three to four years at its three UK plants.

Two of JLR's three UK plants at Solihull and Halewood operate on three shifts around the clock, with Castle Bromwich on two, and therefore an obvious place where there is room for capacity to grow.

But Speth said that changes in process and infrastructure at plants could also lead to growth in capacity, as could reconfiguring plant layouts, updating the supply chain, increasing logistics space, and improving the data in plants with the rollout of 5G connectivity to help run them. 

JLR sold 580,000 cars last year, and in addition to its UK plants, it has factories in Brazil and China and plans for another in Slovakia.

It is soon to expand the Land Rover side of its range with the new Range Rover Velar, and the Jaguar side with the new E-Pace and electric I-Pace.

Speth said Jaguar had been chosen for JLR's first EV as it would have been too complicated to create an EV for Land Rover due to all the off-road tech needed to make it an authentic Land Rover product.

The Defender remains a priority to replace in the Land Rover range, but Speth also refused to rule out any further additions and said that anything was possible when specifically asked about a compact SUV. 

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1 March 2017
Makes perfect sense. Evoque II will be slightly larger than the existing car to compete with X4 which leaves plenty of room for an X2 sized car beneath it. But what about a smaller car below the XE - although XD doesnt sound very appealing...

1 March 2017
The current Disco Sport is a fair bit bigger than the original Freelander 1, so there's space there too

1 March 2017
[quote=Kamelo]Makes perfect sense. Evoque II will be slightly larger than the existing car to compete with X4 which leaves plenty of room for an X2 sized car beneath it. But what about a smaller car below the XE - although XD doesnt sound very appealing...[/quote] They have already trademarked the XC name.

1 March 2017
They should focus on selling more XE's before selling something smaller.

1 March 2017
Great news for the British Car Industry, In comparison all we hear from the market leader, Ford, is "cut jobs-cut-cut" (Bridgend to shed 1100 jobs)

1 March 2017
Wouldn't it be wise to bring back the Rover brand as EVs only. It could easily be the car equivalent of a Land Rover.

1 March 2017
If the world falls out of love for whatever reason with SUV's they're in trouble... You have to give them massive praise though for what's been achieved in the last decade or so. The progress is extremely impressive. I still think though that they're playing it too safe styling wise, especially with the Jags. It's really hard to tell XE and XF apart and the interiors are way too dull (yet the RR/LR interiors are exceptional). The great thing is that they're got loads of room in the market to sell more, lots of German pie ready to be eaten...

1 March 2017
Agree with the comment that JLR are banking everything on SUVs. Personally I'd like to see them build a new SD1 but with Range Rover levels of quality. They could easily expand the Range Rover brand into this territory. A Freelander replacement makes a lot of sense.

1 March 2017
I still think the new Defender is a mistake. Yet another premium vehicle on the same architecture will no doubt sell, but possibly at the expense of other models. A new, genuinely adaptable chassis for a hard working vehicle (pick up, station wagon or light truck) would be a bigger investment but true to the original and spread the risk.

2 March 2017
Why all this talk about an Evoke Mark 2 that is even wider. It will become just a Discovery Sport lite. The Evoke won't need to get much wider to become just that. The reason the Evoke is a hit is that it is almost a normal sized car and could fit almost any parking space in most towns (Tunbridge Wells/Chichester excepted for instance) Sort the current one out. A bit longer, OK. Why don't LR just bring the dashboard up to date with the latest electronics, improve the seating up front with a Jag style luxury seat and introduce variable suspension set ups and offer an Ingenium Petrol version. ( I don't mean continue with the current naff petrol engine at a £9k premium over the diesel either. ).

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