Estimated to be priced between Rs 30 lakh – Rs 35 lakh, the Tata Q501 will rival the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
The Tata Q501 is likely to be powered by the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine that will offer power close to 170bhp.
Following the new IMPACT design philosophy and aggressive marketing strategy, Tata Motors has grabbed a decent share in the Indian market. With its new breed of products, the Pune-based carmaker is tapping all the major segments – hatchback (Tiago), compact sedan (Tigor) and SUV (Hexa). With the all-new Tata Q501, the company aims to foray into the growing premium SUV segment which is currently ruled by Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. What’s interesting about the Q501 is its modern aluminium infused ‘Q’ platform, which already underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This architecture has been especially customized for the off-roading purpose. The all-new Tata Q501 SUV has already entered its testing phase, and has been caught on camera multiple times. Thanks to the spy pictures, we have a fair idea about the design and features it will carry.
The new Tata SUV is likely to be based on a new design language that will also be used for the brand’s next-generation models. The latest spy pictures reveal that the Q501 will feature Hexa XE-inspired steel wheels and a single exhaust pipe protruding out from the rear bumper. As of now, the interior design and feature details are scanty. We expect it to be premium and a loaded one. While the SUV will share its chassis with the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the engine will be borrowed from the upcoming Jeep Compass. The SUV will heart a 2.0-litre Multijet diesel powertrain generating 169.6bhp (172PS) and 350Nm of torque. Reports in media suggest that Tata has already placed an order for 70,000 units of this engine for Q501 (5-seater) and Q502 (7-seater) SUVs.
Currently, the new Tata SUV is in its early testing phase and will take a good one year to take the final shape. Therefore, it will hit the showrooms sometime next year. One must note that no official statement has been made about its launch timeline by the carmaker. We will update our readers about its launch details as soon as the company reveals it. Photo Gallery – Upcoming Tata Cars in India
|Base Model||Rs 30 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 35 lakh|
Sharing its underpinning with the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the all-new Tata Q501 will be stacked against the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. With an aim to give a tough fight to its arch rivals, the SUV is likely to come with competitive price tag. The base version of the vehicle could be priced around Rs 30 lakh, and the high-spec model is estimated to come at Rs 35 lakh (ex-showroom). Read: India’s Most Powerful Compact SUV – Tata Nexon
|Engine||2.0-litre MultiJet II Diesel|
|Gearbox||Manual & Automatic|
As mentioned in the beginning, the Tata Q501 will source its power from the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel mill that will also be used on the Jeep Compass. This motor is capable of churning out 169.9bhhp of power against 350Nm of torque. The SUV will come with both manual and automatic gearbox options. While the base trim is likely to come with a 2WD (two-wheel drive), the one or two top-of-the-line trims are expected to get AWD (all-wheel drive) system with a Land Rover’s Terrain Response program.
Most of the structural components of the new Tata SUV will be carried over from the Discovery Sport including floor pan. Though, the overall design and styling of the Q501 will be completely different from its donor SUV. Tata’s new premium SUV will feature signature SUV attributes such as a high ground clearance, hefty body-built and heavy body cladding. Similar to its spy model, the final version will feature the Hexa XE-inspired steel wheels and a single exhaust pipe protruding out from the rear bumper.
Inside, the Tata Q501 SUV is likely to come with both 5-seats and 7-seats options to target both enthusiasts and family buyers, respectively. To add off-road capabilities, the company might offer high water wading capacity and ground clearance to tackle rugged road conditions.
Spy Image Courtesy – AutomotiveIndia