There was some worry when Indian conglomerate Tata bought Jaguar Land Rover that we might see some low-rent models emerge from either of the prestigious British brands. So far, Tata has helped to foster the venerable marques, helping to push out update product at a prodigious pace. However, we may have found the most abominable blend of Tata and Land Rover yet: the Big Daddy Customs Moon Rover.
Based on the utilitarian Tata Safari, the Moon Rover is supposed to turn a buyer's plebian SUV into a posh Range Rover Evoque. Well, sort of. On its website, Big Daddy Customs notes that "every client craves for something truly ‘different’ so that his vehicle and indeed he himself can stand out from the crowd." And stand out the Moon Rover does. BDC has emulated the Evoque's look by modifying the front fascia (adding both LED running lights and angel-eye headlamps), fitting new five-spoke wheels, crafting new taillights vaguely reminiscent of the Evoque, and painting the finished product in a custom shade of white. The interior is decked out in deep red leather upholstery, but otherwise sees no changes from a standard Safari.
There seem to be no mechanical upgrades made to the Moon Rover, so expect to see the Tata Safari's 138-hp, 2.2-liter diesel I-4 paired with a five-speed manual. Interestingly, those who buy the BDC Moon Rover may receive more space than those who purchase a Range Rover Evoque: not only does the Tata Safari seat up to seven, it is 11.6 inches longer and 11.1 inches wider than the Evoque.
Sadly, we were not able to reach anyone at Jaguar Land Rover for comment on the Moon Rover, but we don't think they have much competition to be worried about.