Jaguar and Land Rover are as British as Chevrolet and Ford are American. So you might be surprised to learn that these two iconic English brands are owned by Tata Motors, an automaker based in Mumbai, India. As a Jaguar and/or Land Rover car enthusiast, you might be curious to find out more about Tata and all the models the two brands are offering in 2022.
A brief history of Tata Motors, the company that owns Jaguar and Land Rover
Named for Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata – an Indian aviator, industrialist, entrepreneur and chairman of the Tata Group – Tata Motors became a commercial automobile manufacturer in 1945 in a joint venture with Daimler-Benz of Germany .
After years of dominating the commercial vehicle market in India, Tata Motors entered the passenger vehicle market in 1991 with the Tata Sierra, a multi-utility vehicle. It was followed by the Tata Estate (1992), Tata Sumo (1994, an LCV), Tata Safari (1998, India’s first SUV) and Indica (1998, India’s first all-indigenous passenger car).
The company also successfully exported a large number of Indicas to South Africa, which was key to the growth of Tata Motors, which acquired South Korea-based Daewoo’s truck manufacturing unit. , Daewoo Commercial Vehicles Company, in 2004 and Tata Hispano Motors Carrocera, a bus and coach manufacturer based in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, in 2009.
In 2008, Tata Motors acquired British automaker Jaguar Land Rover from Ford Motor Company, making the luxury car brands Jaguar and Land Rover. Despite being a subsidiary of Tata Motors, Jaguar Land Rover PLC is a premium British car manufacturer headquartered in Whitley, Coventry, UK, with two design centers and three assembly plants located in the UK -United.
2022 Jaguar Models
The unique, sporty lines of the Type C (1951), Type D (1954) and Type E (1961) models are what most car enthusiasts imagine when they hear the name “Jaguar”. These three classic models paved the way for the F-Type (2013) two-seat coupe and convertible, dubbed the “spiritual” successor to the E-type.
For the 2022 model year, the F-Type is offered with only two variable-output V8 engine options, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive. consumer reports notes that the F-Type is “agile in the turns and steers with precision, making it a pleasure to drive”.
Jaguar SUVs: E-Pace, F-Pace and I-Pace
Keeping pace with rivals BMW, Audi, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar also manufactures three SUV models: E-Pace, F-Pace and I-Pace.
The dashing E-Pace – a small luxury SUV with curvaceous styling, a lively engine and precise handling – is in the same class as the Audi Q3, BMW X1/X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Volvo XC40.
Jaguar’s first effort in the luxury compact SUV segment, the F-Pace, offers snappy acceleration and cat-like reflexes, but has a stiff ride, a budget-priced interior, a buzzing exhaust note and a system inferior infotainment that lags the class leaders.
The I-Pace, a luxurious and fun-to-drive electric vehicle, marks a major milestone in Jaguar’s history and is “the first electric vehicle that can truly challenge Tesla’s blend of technology and luxury,” says Consumer Reports. .
The XF is perhaps the most nimble mid-size luxury sedan, offering both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions, an eight-speed automatic transmission and updated interior and exterior styling. However, it now only offers one engine: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo.
2022/2023 Land Rover models
Range Rover Series
The Range Rover is Land Rover’s most recognized luxury SUV model, launched in 1970 and entering its fifth generation of production. The latest version is an ultra-luxury royal SUV with new technologies and a sleek, elegant design that pushes the boundaries. The 2022 model offers a third row in the long-wheelbase configuration and a choice between a mild-hybrid turbocharged inline-six and a twin-turbo V8, with plans for an all-electric powertrain by 2024.
Three Range Rover models are available in 2022: Evoque, Velar and Sport. They received mixed reviews despite the praise for the nameplate.
The Range Rover Evoque offers attractive styling, a flashy interior and Land Rover brand cachet, but its transmission delivers a rough, bumpy ride, and it has confusing controls. Redesigned for 2022, the Evoque is “the least talented but most expensive luxury compact SUV,” according to Consumer Reports.
The Range Rover Velar compact SUV is the Range Rover of the future. It offers better cornering, quick steering and graceful handling in place of the rugged, adventure-ready, adventure-ready SUV consumers have come to expect from the brand. It shares a platform with its cousin, the Jaguar F-Pace, derived from the Jaguar XF sedan.
Shorter, lower, sportier and more affordable than the Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport is distinctly different from Land Rover’s flagship. It is similar to its German competitors but lacks the comfortable and refined ride of the first nameplate.
Charming, civilized and quick thanks to its smooth powertrain, the 2022 Defender comes with an optional mild-hybrid six-cylinder engine or the standard turbocharged four-cylinder. The Brits’ favorite all-purpose SUV is also available with four or two doors.
The 2022 Discovery breaks the mold of the rugged, square-edged all-terrain reputation attached to Land Rover models. No longer a truck-like tool, the Discovery is a luxurious and contemporary three-row SUV. However, the Discovery Sport lags far behind the Discovery and even further behind luxury compact SUVs like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
Jaguar and Land Rover keep their British roots under Tata Motors
You may have been disappointed to learn that a non-UK company owns these two iconic British brands. But Tata Motors has been careful to keep the heritage of Jaguar and Land Rover intact and continues to design and manufacture its vehicles at home. Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover subsidiary means these English classics endure and move forward into the future.
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