Jaguar and Land Rover is planning to reduce the number of platforms it uses in order to reduce development time and costs
31 October 2012

Jaguar and Land Rover are planning to share platforms. The two companies aim to rationalise seven largely unrelated platforms to just two or three.

The shared platforms will serve around 70 to 80 per cent of the marque’s core models by volume.

Land Rover currently offer models based on four distinct platforms: Defender, Freelander/Evoque, Discovery/Range Rover Sport and Range Rover. Jaguar currently has bespoke platforms for its XF, XJ and XK ranges.

It is looking to Volkswagen’s fully scalable MQB platform as a case study. But Jaguar’s global brand director, Adrian Hallmark said: “it won’t happen overnight. VW’s MQB platform will take seven years to roll out across the models it will underpin”.

The Volkswagen Group has begun sales of MQB-based cars, including the Golf and A3, but the recently introduced second-generation new Beetle is still based on the PQ35 platform which formed the basis of the Mk5 Golf, launched in 2003.

Jaguar and Land Rover already share a number of costly parts, including infotainment systems, seats and drivetrains.

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31 October 2012

two platforms? So we have the freelander/evoque with  transverse set up. i can see this set up could also be used for the new small jag. 

So the XK, F type have to share a platform with the RangeRover? Or go transverse engine?

Even 3 platforms is stetching it, isnt it? 

31 October 2012

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The shared platforms will serve around 70 to 80 per cent of the marque’s core models by volume


So they will need how many more platforms to cover the remaining 20-30%???

31 October 2012

Isn't this old news, first announced a year or two ago?

The newly announced Range Rover and RR Sport are already sharing a platform with Jaguar, XF? - LR have already talked publicly about the next Defender and next Discovery sharing a platform - the Freelander 3 and derivatives will need a new platform to get rid of their Ford legacy but this could be used for a new small Jaguar.

That takes care of 70% of JLR's volume, with only the lower volume XJ and F-type needing bespoke platforms.

31 October 2012

Ruperts Trooper wrote:

Isn't this old news, first announced a year or two ago?

It is, Autocar have just re-jigged the wording to present it as a new story to bulk out a quiet news week. Lazy journalism. 

31 October 2012

They need to focus on build quality. I mean, just look at the one in the picture...

20 November 2013
But that's the new Unilateral Lightweight Open-Air Range Rover, Lightningduck. It costs extra...

K_A

31 October 2012

Are based on the current Ford Mondeo, it'll be interesting to see what engines will be on offered as he latter uses an EcoBoost petrol engine and both are powered by a PSA-sourced 2.2 HDi, if I'm not mistaken.

1 November 2012

K_A wrote:

Are based on the current Ford Mondeo, it'll be interesting to see what engines will be on offered as he latter uses an EcoBoost petrol engine and both are powered by a PSA-sourced 2.2 HDi, if I'm not mistaken.

JLR are already building a new engine factory near Wolverhampton so that they won't have to use Ford/PSA engines in future.

1 November 2012

are actually on a very heavily modified 2nd generation Focus platform (as are the Ford Kuga and Volvo C30, C40 and XC40...)

1 November 2012

Yes - the EUCD platform used on Mondeo, S-Max, Galaxy, Freelander and Evoque is indeed a development of the C1 platform used on Focus etc.

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