Tata premium SUV built with help from Land Rover coming in 2017
A premium SUV, codenamed Q5 as on date, is being devised by Tata Motors in association with their British company, Land Rover. This is an entry level premium SUV that is scheduled for launch in India by 2017. Codenamed Q5, the upcoming SUV from Tata Motors and Land Rover will be priced at around INR 20-25 lakhs and will be in a seven seater 5+2 seating layout. The upcoming SUV will be based on the Freelander platform which engineers will be modifying so as to fit the Q5 for Indian road conditions.
To be pitted against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Hyundai Santa Fe, this new development comes six years after Tata Motors acquired British luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover. This new project has been initiated by Carl Peter Forster, former CEO of Tata Motors, and has been further processed by Tim Leverton and the late Karl Slym. This upcoming SUV will be built under the Advanced Modular Platform which is Tata Motors answer to Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and Renault-Nissan’s MFA platform.
Tata Motors caters to the mass markets while Jaguar Land Rover concentrates on offering luxury products in the auto market. This joint venture will see Tata Motors gain from Jaguar Land Rover’s expertise in engineering and developmental skills while Jaguar Land Rover will also benefit through common sourcing of parts for the upcoming Q5 SUV. It is not sure as on date whether the Q5 will be badged as a Tata product or will come under common badging but will be revealed up ahead as the Q5 heads for launch by 2016-17, reveals Economic Times.