ITATIAIA (BDCi) – Jaguar Land Rover has announced that the Land Rover Discovery Sport will be the first model produced at the automaker’s new plant in Brazil.
Construction on the $308 million factory is scheduled to start before the end of the year.
The plant, located in Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, will begin making the premium SUV in 2016, with an annual capacity of 24,000.
The British company, owned by Indian’s Tata Motors, hopes to increase the sales of Jaguars and Land Rovers from 425,006 last year to 750,000 by 2020.
JLR will later add more vehicles to their output in Brazil, but no specific models have yet been named.
The Discovery Sport goes on sale early next year in the U.S. and Europe, replacing the LR2.
This month, BMW began production on its 3 series at its factory in the state of Santa Catarina, while Audi plans to restart production in Brazil at parent Volkswagen Group’s Curitiba plant in Paraná state.