Estimated to be priced between Rs 30 lakh – Rs 35 lakh, the Tata Q501 will go up against 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.
Tata Q501, the Land Rover Discovery Sport platform-based premium SUV, has finally entered in its testing phase in India. An uncamouflaged prototype featuring Land Rover Discovery Sport was recently spotted during its test runs. Though, the snapped model wears Hexa XE-inspired steel wheels and a single exhaust pipe protruding out from the rear bumper.
Besides sharing the platform, the Tata Q501 will also borrow structural components from the Discovery. Just so you know, the Pune -based carmaker exported a few prototype units of the SUV to USA in July 2016.
Under the skin, the Tata Q501 will house the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel mill that will develop power close to 170bhp. This motor might come with both manual and automatic transmission 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. Read – Upcoming New Tata Cars in India
As mentioned above, the most of the structural components of the new Tata SUV will share with the Discovery Sport including floor pan. However, the design and styling of the Q501 will be quite different from the Discovery. The SUV will feature signature SUV attributes such as a high ground clearance, hefty body-built and heavy body cladding.
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.
The new Tata SUV might hit the Indian shores sometime next year. One must note that the carmaker hasn’t yet made any official comment about its arrival timeline. We will update our readers about its exact launch timeline as soon as the company reveals it.
|Minimum||Rs 30 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 35 lakh|
Spy Image Courtesy – AutomotiveIndia