2018 Tata Safari rendered based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport

15/09/2016 - 16:26 | ,  ,   | Aravind Jayachandran

A successor to the Safari is not announced, yet.

Tata is developing a flagship product based on a Land Rover platform, codenamed Tata Q501/Q502. Rushlane has created a rendering of what the product could look like, and christened it as the next generation Tata Safari.

2018 Tata Safari rendered based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport
Tata is however using a Land Rover platform for the development of a new product.

The rendering combines cues from the current Tata Safari, Tata Hexa and Land Rover Discovery Sport. It's unlikely that designers will settle for a product that bears resemblance to the Discovery Sport, as older reports have suggested that the Tata product will have its own design and identity.

It is reported to pack the Fiat-sourced 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel engine that produces 170 bhp, and could be available with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The same engine is likely to be shared with the Jeep C-Segment SUV (codename Jeep 551), which will be manufactured in India next year. So, the two companies could explore the possibility of locally assembling this engine and benefit from lower costs.

2015 Tata Safari Storme facelift front three quarter at the 2015 Nepal Auto Show
The Safari and the forthcoming Hexa use a 2.2L VariCOR four-cylinder diesel engine.

Also Read: Tata Hexa spied undergoing brochure photo-shoot

The Land Rover platform-based Tata SUV is reported to go on sale in 2018. It will be Tata's boldest attempt at entering a premium segment and rival the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and Hyundai Santa Fe.

[Source: Rushlane]

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