China's National Development and Reform Commission has reportedly approved the joint-venture agreement between Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Chery.

China's National Development and Reform Commission has reportedly approved the joint-venture agreement between Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Chery.

The move will allow the two companies to develop a new sub-brand which will reportedly sell a small crossover based on the Freelander (aka LR2). Little is known about it, but the model is rumored to have unique styling that differs from Land Rover and Chery DNA.

More importantly, the deal will allow JLR to build a variety of models in China. Autocar is reporting the company will build the Land Rover Freelander, Range Rover Evoque and a Jaguar sedan - possibly the rumored 3-Series competitor - in the People's Republic.

The various models are slated to go into production at a new plant in Changshu in 2014.

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JLR-Chery joint-venture approved, Chinese production slated for 2014 - report