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Tata Motors to build premium SUV based on the Freelander 2

Published by on Apr 9, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Land Rover Freelander 2 Tata Motors

The Land Rover Freelander will get a new generation next year, but the current platform won’t be abandoned. According to British magazine Autocar, Land Rover’s owner, Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors, plans on building a premium SUV based on the Freelander 2. The upcoming “Indian” SUV will be built in India, using equipment from Land Rover’s plant in Halewood which will shipped to Tata’s production facilities in India. Work on the project has already started, with a team of 45 engineers being assigned to it.

The Tata SUV will be launched in 2016 and unlike other platforms shared by car manufacturers, the Indian carmaker will change around 50% of all Freelander 2 components. And since Tata Motors is not known for the quality of the car it produces, the upcoming SUV will comply with all Jaguar Land Rover quality standards, so the SUV shouldn’t be a disappointment.

According to the report, the Indian SUV might be called Q5 (though we don’t know how happy Audi will be about it) and will feature a five-seat configuration as standard, with the option of two additional seats. When it will be launched, the Freelander 2 based SUV will cost twice as much as most expensive model in the current Tata Motors lineup, the Aria crossover, which is priced at around $25,000 in India.

Source: Autocar

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