A report from India’s Economic Times newspaper has revived rumours that a joint project between Land Rover and TATA will create a new small SUV based on the Freelander 2, for the Indian market.
The paper’s source said that the new vehicle, codenamed ‘Q5’, will ‘have the genes of a Land Rover with JLR quality’ and could share up to 50% of its components with the Freelander. A ‘common engine option’ is also being discussed.
It sounds logical. TATA already has experience of building Freelanders in India, as the Freelander 2 is being assembled in its plant in Pune from CKD (Complete Knocked Down) kits shipped from the UK. Freelander production in the UK is due to cease in 2016 with the arrival of the ‘Discovery Sport’, and project ‘Q5’ is expected to appear in India shortly after, in 2016 or 2017.