Jaguar and Land Rover plant to share platforms in the future as the two luxury carmakers owned by India’s Tata Motors want to make economies of scale.
According to Autocar, the two British companies aim to reduce their total number of platforms from seven largely unrelated ones to just two or three. The shared platforms will be used by 70 to 80 percent of JLR’s core models by volume. Land Rover’s current models are based on four different platforms: Defender, Freelander/Evoque, Discovery/Range Rover Sport and Range Rover. Jaguar also has dedicated platforms for its XF, XJ and XK models.
Jaguar Land Rover is reportedly looking to Volkswagen’s fully scalable MQB platform as a case study. However, Jaguar’s global brand director, Adrian Hallmark, said the transition to the shared platforms won’t happen overnight. He gave as an example VW’s MQB platform, which will take seven years to roll out across the models it will underpin.
The Volkswagen Group has already begun sales of MQB-based cars, including the VW Golf, Audi A3 and Seat Leon, but the recently introduced second-generation new Beetle is still based on the PQ35 platform, launched in 2003 with the Mk5 Golf. Jaguar and Land Rover already share a number of expensive parts, including infotainment systems, seats and drivetrains. Jaguar and Land Rover were bought by Tata Motors from Ford in 2008.