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Jaguar News: Jaguar Land Rover Could Share BMW Platform

Drew Dowdell

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Jaguar Land Rover already has an agreement with BMW to use BMW sourced engines in future vehicles, but now a report from Autocar says that the company could use a BMW sourced platform for some future small vehicles as well.  Jaguar wants to increase its "Pace" lineup with an "A-Pace" and "B-Pace", small crossover coupes that would use BMW's front-wheel drive FAAR platform that underpins the X1, X2, and eventually the entire Mini linup. 

Over at Land Rover, there is a possible revival of the Freelander based on the same FAAR platform to fill the entry level spot in the Land Rover showroom. Even the larger Evoque and Discovery Sport could move to FAAR when their current runs are up mid to late next decade. Naturally, as all new platforms are today, they are engineered to accept electrification in the form of electric assist, hybrids, or even pure electric powertrains. 

If all this comes to fruition, vehicles using the FAAR platform could top 1.5 million in global sales annually. 

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39 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

This platform sharing is a far superior idea to what BMW is trying to do with MINI.  Ideally, BMW would simply buy JLR from its current owners and go on from there.

Ironic considering BMW owned LR back in the 90s...

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Guess for Europe with small WWII roads, the subcompact to compact class makes sense, but over all while the lower cost of a platform makes sense, I question the real value long term as independent companies.

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12 hours ago, smk4565 said:

Maybe BMW should just buy JLR, although Jaguar has nothing to offer, it would be another sales drag like Mini.  If They took over Land Rover, then maybe LR quality and reliability would go up.

Been there, done that. 

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