Chery-JLR joint venture to develop & build next gen Freelander with 7 seats?

Posted on Feb 4 2013 - 4:14pm by Nithyanandh K
Categorized as
1197

2013 Land Rover Freelander 2 2013 faceliftIt seems that Jaguar-Land Rover’s alliance with Chinese automaker Chery could result in more than just production for the Chinese domestic market.

Jaguar and Land Rover recently formed a joint venture with Chery to manufacture JLR branded cars in the Changshu area of China, a nation which is a prime market for the Tata owned British brands.

The Chery-JLR JV will also give birth to a sub brand which will be marketed only in China.

Chinacartimes.com reports that the third generation of the Land Rover Freelander (Freelander 3) could be made by Chery-JLR JV, not only for China but also for international markets. In fact, the next gen Freelander is expected to be the first vehicle to be manufactured by the JV.

Another rumor circulating in the Chinese media suggests that JLR and Chery are to invest a significant amount on joint R&D operations which would enable JLR to phase out the Ford supplied engines.

There’s speculation that the next generation Freelander could be enlarged to accommodate 7 passengers and use Chery’s 2.0 litre gasoline engine that powers the Chery Riich G5 and G6.

Land Rover has an aggressive future strategy with an army of models in the making and Chery’s association could help the SUV specialist in keeping the production costs at bay.

[Source: Chinacartimes.com]

Next, would you like to read more about Land Rover or more about the ?

Like this kind of content? Subscribe to us via Email or Twitter to get our updates sent to you everyday!

About the Author

By this time you would have figured out that auto enthusiasm to the level of fanaticism is a prerequisite to be a part of team IAB. And I'm no exception! As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! Since then automobiles became the love of my life and I grew up admiring anything and everything that purrs and has wheels. My quest to be updated with whatever happens in the glorious world of automobiles naturally landed me at IAB. So here I'm, as a petrolhead by birth, mechanical engineer by education and an automotive journalist by profession!

1 Comment so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. roy v mathai February 4, 2013 at - Reply

    extend the jv to india,include the passenger car divison of tata motors

Leave A Response