A report coming from Indian media claims that British maker Jaguar Land Rover could work more closely at the engineering and design levels with its Indian parent Tata Motors.
Rumors state that Jaguar Land Rover’s new platform designed to underpin the future Land Rover Discovery line-up would also be used as the basis for two new models in the Tata stable. Additionally, the SUVs should also benefit from Jaguar Land Rover’s newly developed powertrains – used by the British marquee for the future Jaguar XE sedan and Land Rover Discovery.
“This is part of a long product pipeline till 2020, an approval for which has been received from the Tata board, ” quotes the media report an unidentified source within the supplier chain.
The projected collaboration has been inside the rumor mill for quite some time – but the latest report also adds some new details about the Tata sport-utility vehicles. The duo should be declined in both five- and seven-passenger variants. The duo have also been identified by their code-names, the five-seat, two-row being the Q501 SUV, while the seven-seater is internally referred as the Q502. According to the report, Tata and JLR have managed to reconcile the vast difference in cost and prices between the technologies used for the respective brands, allowing as much as half the parts of a Land Rover model to be used in the new Tata SUVs.