Jaguar Land Rover plans to build a third plant in India, in either Prune (Maharashtra) or Sanand (Gujarat).
The future plant will produce the Defender, with a production of 30,000 to 40,000 units annually. The facility will also have an engine plant which will produce 50,000 units annually. JLR’s feasibility study report is due to be released in the second half of this year and the facility is expected to be finished by the middle of 2015. JLR said that this new plant will be separate from the current Chikhale plant near Prune where the company builds the Freelander SUV.
Mr. V.G. Ramkrishnan, Senior Director, Automotive Practice, Frost and Sullivan, said: “Demand is growing in the emerging markets and it makes sense for even premium carmakers to look at India as a base. They can definitely leverage from Tata Motors’ strength in the country, but the challenge will lie in getting the vendor base to the quality standards of the UK and international markets, for which it will have to invest money”.
The next Defender model is expected to feature a 2.0 Liter I4D (In-Line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Diesel) motor and is expected to be produced along the car body at the Indian plant.