QOTD: Is the 'Road Rover' a Terrible Idea?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
qotd is the 8216 road rover a terrible idea

Maybe one day we’ll all look back and wonder how we could have been so wrong. “Of course,” we’ll say over drinks at the back of the pub, “it was all so simple. People wanted cars. Land Rover cars. And we were too stuck in our ways to see it.”

“Crossovers were king back then. Buyers couldn’t get enough of ’em,” we’ll recall, growing agitated over our past myopia. “Harley-Davidson could have put a pup tent on the back of a Tri Glide and sold 50,000 a year. Foolishly, we didn’t notice the simmering desire for a car — a regular car, dammit! — from an automaker that sold SUVs and nothing but since 1948.”

As Rod Serling used to say, this isn’t a future that will be, but one that might be. Yesterday we brought you a report detailing Land Rover’s plans to with a Range Rover badge, never mind this Road Rover business. (Certainly, the name doesn’t smoothly roll off the tongue.)

Supposing the report is true, is Land Rover’s plan a smart one, or something destined to water down the brand? Is a Land Rover car something buyers truly want to take home? Sound off in the comments.

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  • Tstag Tstag on Sep 26, 2017

    This is a great idea for JLR. Take an XJ bolt on a crossover body shell and Velar interior then sell said car for lots of money whilst cutting costs on the XJ and delivering economies of scale. Land Rover are not trying to build another runaway hit, but a profitable car that benefits the wider group. They should call it a Rover after all a Land Rover is a Rover really. The 75 was a great car ruined by retro looks.

  • Arach Arach on Sep 27, 2017

    @87 morgan. I'll have to respectfully disagree. Price points don't dictate competitive segments at the upper end of the market like they do at the low end of the market. Lotus 400 for example is a good price match for a Corvette, but competes for buyers with exotics. The brand image of something such as Land Rover is not at all in line with the brand image of Jaguar. Is a road rover going to be a sports car? hell no. it will be a luxury barge. No one who cares about driving performance will buy a Road Rover. It'll be more in line with Bentley and RR, not in price points, but in vehicle type. It'll probably more directly compete with Mercedes. Jaguar on the other hand goes for the sport luxury market very clearly. Driving dynamics and performance are on the forefront of their market offerings. That works out well for the two of them in my opinion. Lets look at the opposite example- the F-Pace. I don't think that stole much if any business from Land Rover- instead it was targeted at products such as the Cayenne. Yes its an SUV, but its a different type of buyer.

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