Tata, the Indian conglomerate famous for launching the world’s cheapest car
, may soon have vehicles in its lineup based on platforms shared with vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover. That’s the claim of the boss of Fusion Automotive, Tata’s official distributor in Australia.
“From an engineering portfolio, a design portfolio, from a technology portfolio, back in planning in India and in the U.K. there is sharing in place,” Fusion Automotive boss Darren Bowler told Drive
. “You’re going to see in the future a lot of sharing of technologies and platforms over time, but you won’t see a JLR with a Tata badge on it or a Tata with a Jaguar badge on it or a Land Rover badge on it.”
Tata, of course, is the parent company of Jaguar Land Rover, and the Indian automaker has said in the past it hopes to eventually build world-class vehicles to sell across the globe under its Tata brand. Thus, the move would be similar to Volkswagen models sharing platforms with vehicles from Audi.
Bowler gave the example of the Tata Nexon compact crossover concept unveiled back at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. He explained that the Nexon was based on a new platform that could potentially be used by Land Rover for a future Range Rover Evoque or by Jaguar for an all-new model—Jaguar has said it is open to launching additional high-riding models beyond its small crossover based on the iQ[Al] platform
debuting in the 2016 XE small sedan
“Nexon was the development of a new platform that has been developed to be shared amongst the group to be utilised for different products and different brands,” Bowler said. "That platform could be used as an Evoque, it could be used as a Tata, it could be used as a Jaguar.”
A production version of the Nexon is due around 2017. A second-generation Evoque based on the platform could be launched before the end of the decade.