News has come that Land Rover are working on an entry level SUV to bolster their global line-up. Codename the L860, it is set to be the company’s most affordable offering. As per reports, the L860 will be underpinned by an updated version of Land Rover’s D8 platform.
This platform, seen on the Harrier, is a cost-effective derivative of Land Rover’s famed platform. It is known as the OMEGA ARC platform (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture) in short. The L860 is based on the previously rejected L851 project that Tata and Land Rover considered to develop.
But, due to some unknown reasons, it had to be shelved. Now, it seems that the project will finally see some light and the end of the tunnel. The Harrier, despite intense competition from its segment, has emerged as a successful offering from Tata.
It has delighted auto experts and public alike, largely due to the value it offers for the money. The OMEGA ARC platform has also received a fair share of its fame as well, due to its handling and off-road capabilities. Land Rover will look to translate the success of the Harrier to the European market as well, launching one of its own there.
The L860 will be offered in both petrol and diesel engines, coming mated either to a manual or an automatic transmission. It has not yet been disclosed on which powertrains will be powering the L860. What we can expect from Land Rover is to give the L860 the options of FWD and AWD modes.
The L860 will likely be offered at a price of €25,000, which is approximately Rs.24 lakh here. It is expected to launch in 2021, initially in the UK followed by other European countries. We can look at Land Rover also introducing it in India as well, given the brand image it posesses here.
(Note: The above show pictures is for representational purpose only, however, the actual Tata SUV may defer from the model shown here.)
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[Source 1: autocar.co.uk]
[Source 2: just-auto.com]