The UK-based subsidiary of the Tatas is also keeping its options open for using its India assembly plants for manufacturing cars that can be exported to other countries.
“We are going to invest in an research and development (R&D) department to source more components from India,” said JLR Chief Executive Officer Ralph Speth, while officially inaugurating the company’s first assembly plant in Pune.
Two variants of the SUV will be available, the TD4 SE Automatic and the SD4 HSE Automatic. They’re now cheaper by Rs 2.5-3 lakh compared to previous fully imported CBU units.
“Today marks a significant step in our growth strategy for the Indian market. The opening of this plant demonstrates close co-operation between the parent company Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover and we are keen to develop this further,” said Carl-Peter Forster, CEO and MD of parent company Tata Motors.
During the last fiscal, the company sold 891 units in the country. JLR would now have dealers in 12 major cities across India.
“We shall offer the best product to our customers and expand the models of JLR,” Speth said, adding that the plant in Pune could come up in record time due to coordination between Tata Motors and JLR.
The Pune facility will be overseen by two experienced manufacturing and quality managers who have moved to India from the U.K.