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Tata Merlin Could Be the Final Name For Q502 SUV – Report

Based on Land Rover Discovery Platform, Tata Merlin premium SUV will rival against Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson

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Tata Merlin premium SUV based on Land Rover Discovery platform will rival against Jeep Compass & Hyundai Tucson

We have informed you earlier that Tata Motors is working on two new premium SUVs – codenamed Q501 and Q502 – based on Land Rover Discovery platform. Interestingly, the homegrown automaker has registered a new name – ‘Merlin’, which is expected to be the name for the upcoming premium SUV. Tata Merlin SUV could be the next generation Safari Storme. Tata Motors has already started testing the premium SUV on Indian roads, indicating towards a near launch.

The Tata Q501 premium SUV will be a seven-seater car to challenge the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, while the Q502 is likely to be a five-seater version of the car. As a reminder, Tata Motors earlier used Merlin as a codenamed for the Safari Storme during its development stage. The homegrown automaker has already ordered for 2.0-litre diesel engines to Fiat, which will power the upcoming premium SUVs. The Merlin will also get the same 170bhp, 2.0L diesel engine that will debut with the Jeep Compass. Both manual and automatic gearbox will be on offer.

The SUV will also get all-wheel-drive system, which will be developed by Tata in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover. It will be different to the one offered in the Tata Hexa. The Merlin could be a five-seater model that will rival against the likes of Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass and other in its league. The pre-production version of the SUV is likely to make its global debut at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018.

Tata Merlin Launch Date

The new Tata SUV is currently in its testing phase and is likely to take another 6-9 to enter into production phase. Therefore, it is expected to be launched in the country in the second quarter of 2018. The company is yet to make an official announcement on the same. However, media reports suggest that the Merlin could make its global debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. Read More – Upcoming Tata Cars In India

Tata Merlin Price In India

Variant Ex-showroom
Base Model Rs 18 lakh
Top Model Rs 25 lakh

Based on the Land Rover Discovery platform, the Merlin is expected to be a five-seater premium crossover. Set to rival against the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson, the premium SUV is likely to be priced aggressively in the market. The base version of the car is likely to be priced around Rs 18 lakh, while the top-end model could be tagged around Rs 25 lakh.

Tata Merlin Specifications

Engine 2.0-litre MultiJet II Diesel
Max Power 169.9bhhp
Max Torque 350Nm
Gearbox Manual & Automatic
Drivetrain System AWD & RWD

Tata Motors will source the new 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine from Fiat. In fact, the Tata and Maruti jointly placed an order for over 2 lakh engines. This engine will also power the upcoming Jeep Compass. It is capable of producing a maximum power output of 170bhp and a peak torque of 350Nm. A six-speed manual gearbox will come as standard, while an all-new automatic gearbox is likely to be offered as optional. It will come with rear-wheel-drive system as standard. Tata Motors will also develop an all-new 4WD system with the help of Land Rover, which will be assisted by Land Rover’s Terrain Response program.

Tata Merlin Exterior & Interior

Tata Motors has started testing the new premium SUVs on Indian roads and the prototype of the Q501 7 seater model has been spied recently. Going by the spyshots available on web, it is visible that the vehicle shares most of its components from the Discovery Sport including floor pan. However, the design and styling of the SUV is expected to be different from the bigger sibling. The SUV will get a higher ground clearance, plastic body cladding and silver skid-plates. The spotted model was equipped with Hexa inspired wheels and a single exhaust pipe protruding out from the rear bumper.

The cabin of the SUV is yet to be revealed. The SUV is likely to get several high-end features and spacious interior to offer high legroom and headroom for both front and rear occupants. With high ground clearance, powerful engine and feature-loaded cabin, the SUV will target both enthusiasts and family buyers. Besides high ground clearance, the SUV will have high water wading capacity and Land Rover Terrain Response system.

Source – Carwale

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Based on Land Rover's Discovery platform, the new Tata Merlin will be a five-seater premium SUV to rival Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass. It will be powered by 170bhp, 2.0L Multijet diesel engine along with all-wheel-drive system.

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