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.