Report: Tata Motors to revive Land Rover lineup by downsizing, reducing weight, adding hybrids

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Tata Motors has reportedly planned an extreme makeover for its Land Rover luxury SUV brand. The makeover begins with the development of smaller vehicles, continues with a switch to a lightweight aluminum platform and ends with a splash of hybrid power. Tata Motors' six-year plan will focus on making the Land Rover name synonymous with efficiency. The upcoming Range Rover will ditch its current BMW-based platform for a purpose-built unit developed by Tata and the 2012 Range Rover Sport will utilize a substantial amount of aluminum to reduce overall vehicle weight.

Range Rover's soon-to-debut two-door Evoque characterizes the company's focus on offering smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVs. The Evoque will debut at this year's Paris Motor Show and reports suggest that this compact SUV could make use of Ford's 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Ecoboost engine. In addition to an ultra-efficient mill, the Evoque will reportedly feature a hybrid powertrain at some point during its model cycle. Tata Motors is said to be planning additional hybrid models for the Land Rover brand, but the company told Green Car Advisor that it, "won't comment further on potential hybrid plans." Tata Motors six-year plan calls for dramatic changes to its Land Rover brand, but when faced with stringent European emissions standards and tough U.S. fuel economy guidelines, it's a shift that had to be made.

[Source: Green Car Advisor]

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