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by Matt Campbell

Tata Motors looks set to launch a pair of new SUVs that will be developed with the help of subsidiary company Jaguar Land Rover.

Indian publication Live Mint quotes two insiders familiar with the plans as confirming the new Tata SUVs – codenamed Q501 and Q502 – will give the brand global offerings that will assist in its expansion.

The Q501 is said to be a five-seat model, while the Q502 is a seven-seater, and according to the report the new high-riding models will be introduced in 2017 with “performance and handling support coming in from JLR”.

“This is part of a long product pipeline till 2020, an approval for which has been received from the Tata board,” an auto parts manufacturing source told the site, before indicating the new models will be built on the same underpinnings as the Land Rover range, possibly that which will be used under the new Discovery family.

Reports have stated that Indian company had been struggling to justify Tata SUVs based on the British SUVs, but according to the source, “now they have managed to crack it”.

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JLR is set to explore opportunities to build its models in India, according to the report, and the opportunity for Tata to retool its assembly line to build the new SUVs for its own brand and for JLR is likely to be a key driver for the project.

JLR and Tata Motors have said they are looking “to optimize the synergetic strengths between JLR and Tata Motors in India, an examination is also underway on joint engine development programme which would have manufacturing facilities both in the UK and India”.

The new SUVs are said to be priced from 1,600,000 to 2,500,000 Indian rupees ($28,400 to $44,400).

Tata Australia has confirmed to CarAdvice that it is looking to expand its current line-up, which currently consists only of the Xenon ute.




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