2018 Tata Merlin – Tata Motors come with two new cars, the Tata Q501 and Q502, based on a Land Rover platform. The Indian car maker has recently registered the nickname “Merlin” and we think this could be the successor of the Safari Storme.
Tata started testing the Q502 and Q501 on Indian public roads. We have already seen some spy images of upcoming models and have a good idea of the designs of these SUVs. It really seems that SUVs look a bit like Discovery Sport. We are really fond of all the latest Tata Motors models. Led by Mr. Pratap Bose, the Tata Motors design team is doing a fantastic job. We expect that the models to come are really modern and in fact, even a little radical. While the larger Q501 will have a higher and more robust ground clearance, the Merlin Q502 SUV will be much more stylish and will have a crossover-isa design.
The Merlin cabin will come loaded with many high-end features. It will consist of high quality materials and will have a pleasing design that will be sufficiently modern and minimalist. The Q502 will be very spacious and will provide enough legroom, head and shoulders for five passengers. It will offer a touch-screen infotainment unit that will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interior 2018 Tata Merlin will offer a flexible seating arrangement and will offer a decent luggage carrying capacity. Of course, the interior will be loaded with comfort, convenience and security. We are confident that the next Tata Merlin Q502 SUV will feature a panoramic sunroof, a high-quality Harman audio system, a touch-screen infotainment system, multi-zone air conditioner and electric seats among many others. We know a lot more about the next Tata. Merlin Q502 SUV. However, you can stay tuned to CarBlogIndia for the latest updates on launch date, price, specifications, mileage, exterior and interior design, and features of the next Tata SUV.
Tata Motors will be sourcing from Fiat’s new 2.0-liter Multi-Jet II diesel engine. In fact, Tata and Maruti jointly placed an order for more than 2 lakh engines. This engine also powers the Jeep Compass and the next Maruti 7 seater SUV. It is capable of producing a maximum output of 170 hp and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, while an all-new automatic transmission will likely be available as an option. It will come with the rear propulsion system as standard. Tata Motors will also develop a brand new 4WD system with the help of Land Rover, which will be assisted by Land Rover’s Terrain Response program.
Based on the Land Rover Discovery platform, the 2018 Tata Merlin Q502 is likely to be a five-seat premium crossover. Faced with competitors like Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta and Renault Kaptur, the high-end SUV should have an aggressive price on the market. The basic version of the car is likely to be priced at Rs 13 lakh, while the high-end model could be labeled around Rs 16 lakh.