Tata Motors’ next big product range, with emphasis on the word big, are the projects codenamed Q501 and Q502. Hinting at its development pace, product codenames of the SUVs are believed to be assigned, which are leaked as Kestrel and Goshawk respectively.
Codename Tata Kestrel, which is believed to be the project codename Q501, would be the 5-seater variant aiming at the ever growing sub-mid-size SUV segment starting with Mahindra XUV500. While, Tata Goshawk would be the seven seater variant of the same underpinnings and features, set to battle against segment leader Toyota Fortuner for starters.
Same segment is expected to receive the Tata Aria based SUV previewed by Tata Hexa concept, regardless of which this Tata Kestrel and Tata Goshawk family of SUVs will be introduced.
Tata Q501 / Q502 will be based on modified Land Rover Discovery Sport platform, which is a lightweight and more economical derivative of the flagship Land Rover Discovery SUV’s architecture.
The obvious JLR’s involvement in this Tata project is what the Indian automaker will be capitalising on, not only to prove the SUVs’ capabilities, but also to attract prospective buyers towards this offering.
PS: Tata Kestrel is a name that is already taken. It is one of the two combat vehicles that was showcased at 2014 DEFEXPO, last February.
Via – MotorOctane