Tata to launch New Safari and a Jeep Compass rival in 2019
Tata Q501 and Q502 premium SUVs will borrow certain structural components from Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Tata Motors is working on a pair of flagship SUVs to increase their market share in the UV segment. Codenamed Tata Q501, the upcoming premium crossover is expected to be a 5-seat SUV. There would be a 7-seat derivative (codenamed Q502) as well.
The 5 seater variant will be priced in the INR 8-13 lakh segment while the 7 seater variant will be priced in the INR 15-20 lakh segment. Tata Q501 will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster while the Q502 will rival the likes of Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, etc. Both these cars will be underpinned by the old generation Land ROver Discovery Sport platform. Test mules of both these cars have already been spied.
Despite sharing platform components with a Land Rover, the upcoming Tata premium crossovers are said to have a completely different appeal, appearance and feel. To keep the costs at bay, Tata Motors is expected to refrain from using the tech-laden JLR Ingenium family of engines. Instead, the automaker is most likely to go with the 2.0-litre Fiat MultiJet II diesel engine which outputs 170 PS. Both 6-speed MT and AT would be on offer along with 4×2 and 4×4 configurations.
This is the same engine which we have already seen on the newly launched Jeep Compass. The same engine will power both the new Tata SUVs. The five seater will get a engine which will be tuned to deliver 140 PS while the 7 seater will get the same specs as seen on Jeep Compass, which is 170 PS.
Keeping up with their premium positioning, the Tata Q501 and Q502 would be packed with several safety features, driver assistance systems and latest connectivity features. The duo will be the most feature-rich and advanced car from Tata till date.
The flagship duo were previously expected to be ready sometime in 2017. But that has changed now, and the project is set to enter production in 2019.