Tata's Land Rover-inspired Q501 & Q502 SUVs to use Jeep Compass' diesel engine

Tata’s Land Rover-inspired Q501 & Q502 SUVs to use Jeep Compass’ diesel engine

Tata will showcase the Q501 SUV at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. The SUV, internally called H5, will share its diesel engine with the Jeep Compass. The engine in question is the 2 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel unit. On the Tata H5/Q501, the engine will produce a peak power of 140 Bhp. The Q501/H5 will be a five seater.

The Q502 will be a longer version, with three rows of seats designed to accommodate 7 passengers. It will have the same 2 liter Multijet turbo diesel engine, but with a 170 Bhp state of tune. The tune could be identical to that on the Compass – 170 Bhp-350 Nm. Other details are expected to be revealed at the Auto Expo.

The Q501/H5 code-named Tata SUV is expected to be shown in concept form at the Auto Expo, with the final production unit scheduled for a launch later in 2018. The SUV will use the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s LS550 platform, and could be priced at Rs. 13 lakhs. This will pit it against the Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass.

Both front wheel drive and four wheel drive variants are expected to be on offer. The longer Q502 codenamed SUV is expected to start at a higher price tag of Rs. 15 lakhs. While both SUVs will have extensive Land Rover inputs, they are said to be totally different in terms of looks and feel.

Tata Motors is going on a product blitz after having a great 2017, which saw the company launch no less than three major cars – the Hexa, the Tigor and the Nexon. This year will also be very significant for the automaker as it unveils the Impact Design 2.0, a new design philosophy.

The X451 codenamed premium hatchback – Baleno and Elite i20 rival – is expected to feature the new design philosophy, and so are the Q501 and Q502 SUVs. 2018 will also see Tata Motors introducing AMT variants of the Nexon, and sportier variants of the Tiago and Tigor. Overall, 2018 promises to be another big year from Tata.