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Jaguar Land Rover is planing to set up a engine manufacturing facility in India. The British marque is planning to make lower spec engines, which are specific to the Indian market. These engines could also find their way into the hood of Tata cars, including the Safari and Aria in the distant future. The company has not given any time frame for the engine plant in India yet, but plans to go aggressive in the country with launch of locally manufactured vehicles. Currently Tata Motors assembles the Land Rover Freelander 2 at the JLR assembly unit in Chikhli, near Pune.

Jaguar Land Rover currently sources all its engines from Ford, its previous owners. Now the company wants to be self reliant and is setting up a engine plant in UK. JLR plan to produce high end engines in UK, while the lower spec engines could be produced in India. The UK engine plant will see an investment of around Rs. 2800 crore, while for India, this would be much lesser. JLR however don’t plan to discontinue sourcing engines from Ford in the near future and are relying heavily on them for specific powertrains including Hybrid motors.

Tata Motors is indeed going very aggressive with Jaguar Land Rover. The company recently chose a partner in China for manufacturing in the world’s biggest car market, while setting up new production facilities in Brazil have been on the horizon for the company. If Tata cars have Jaguar or Land Rover engines, do you think they will be better in terms of performance. Currently Tata vehicles have a mix of engines, while some of them are produced in-house (Indica eV2, Indigo eCS), others are sourced from JV partners FIAT (Indica Vista, Indigo Manza). The higher capacity engines too are produced in collaboration with AVL of Austria.

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