It is a known actuality that Tata Motors is chipping away at two new SUVs that are being produced with inputs from Land Rover. It is additionally realized that the upcoming SUV codenamed Tata Kestrel, carrying project codename Q501, is a 5-seater and will be a competitor for the Renault Duster. While the other is codenamed Tata Goshawk, project codename Q502, is a 7-seater and will be a competitor for the Mahindra XUV 500.
These two upcoming SUVs will be based on modified Land Rover Discover Sport platform known as L550. This platform is a lightweight and more economical derivative of the flagship Land Rover Discovery SUV’s architecture. Notwithstanding this, Tata Motors as of late disclosed the Hexa concept at the Geneva Motor Show that unquestionably has taken the Indian manufacturer’s abilities to an entire new level.
Presently, this rendering from Theophilus Chin unites the Hexa idea and the Discovery Sport, showcasing how the upcoming SUV would look like. Controlling the pictures in Photoshop, the craftsman has made a generation prepared rendition of the Tata Hexa idea and reflected the same on the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s body.
The 5-seater Kestrel (Q501) will be positioned below the Safari Storme and use Fiat’s 1.5-litre Multijet diesel engine, that the Italians are developing for the Indian car market at the moment. It is expected to be equipped with features such as a dual airbags, a touch-screen HARMAN infotainment system and more. The Kestrel (Q501) is likely to cost between Rs. 11 lakh and Rs. 14 lakh (on-road) and will compete with the upcoming Maruti Suzuki SX4 Cross, the higher variants of the Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster and upcoming Hyundai ix25.
The 7-seater Goshawk (Q502) will be positioned above the Safari Storme and use Fiat’s 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine which is expected to make between 150 and 175 PS; lower-powered versions of the same could be used as well. On the offing should be multiple airbags, a 10-speaker HARMAN infotainment system with AVN and other contemporary features. The Goshawk (Q502) is rumored to be priced about Rs. 13 lakh and Rs. 18 lakh (on-road) and will be a direct competitor to the Mahindra XUV 500.
Called as Chairman Cyrus Mistry’s baby, the Tata Hexa idea has been a goliath jump with its great looks and proportional position that earned positive surveys from the media and the masses alike. Utilizing the same characteristics on the forthcoming SUV alongside the extreme lines of Land Rover will positively be a formula for accomplishment for Tata’s upcoming SUV.
We expect Tata Motors to showcase both these upcoming SUVs in concept guise at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo, while launch is expected sometime in 2017. Apart from these, the company is also readying Tata Nexon crossover based on the Bolt and Zest platform, this model could measure under 4m in length and will launch in February-2016.
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Source: Motor Octane
Image Credit: Theophilus Chin