Report – JLR plans SUVs production in China image

British luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover, a subsidiary of India’s Tata Motors, has revealed plans to locally produce its models in China – and now we have a report that also reveals the exact models.

According to a company that has knowledge of the company’s plans said the British automaker intends to start production at its new China factory of the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander SUVs – aiming to tap further into the booming local premium SUV market.

Previously, last week Jaguar Land Rover announced that its joint-venture built (with Chinese partner Chery Automobile) manufacturing facility would start production at the eastern city of Changshu plant later this year, but declined to say what exact models would roll off the assembly lines.

The plant, with an initial output of 130,000 units would allow the automaker to skip the import tariffs and boost the presence in the SUV segment, which in May alone jumped 41% to 319,200 units, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
The joint venture factory is also expected to build the cars for a new Chery/JLR joint brand, reportedly based on existing Jaguar Land Rover products. Next to the manufacturing assembly facility, the UK manufacturer would also have a new engine plant – tasked to build the company’s new range of four-cylinder engines.

Via Automotive NEws Europe