Not sure what drugs the JLR executive directors are actually taking, but what market are they actually aiming for? A 3 cylinder, 2wd, 1.5lt, to me, puts it in the rav4 area of non-family people. Unfortunately there’s already so much existing choice for people that I can’t imagine why you’d actually want to buy one.
Honestly, fans of “real” land rovers should be really happy when JLR announces things like this, or the Discovery Sport. Because of the way emissions regulations are set up in most countries, especially the EU and US, producing vehicles like these that get good millage and lower emissions allows them to put lower efficiency, but maybe more powerful or more reliable, engines in their more limited production vehicles. They don’t have to try so hard to put restrictions on their Defenders and Discoveries, because they sell 10 times as many Sports and Evoques that keep their averages high.