Jaguar Land Rover plans to use BMW’s architecture for its new products.
Jaguar intends to launch a new compact SUV and a coupé crossover of similar size based on BMW’s new FAAR platform to grow its SUV lineup. They will belong to the Pace family and may go into production in the mid next decade.
Both automakers have already developed an electric drive unit (EDU). A new entry-level Land Rover, next-generation Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport are in the cards too (arrival in 2025). They all will share the BMW architecture. The first will possibly carry the revived ‘Freelander’ name.
Moreover, BMW will be a supplier of 4- and 5-cylinder internal combustion engines (standard and hybrid) for JLR’s vehicles.
The mentioned front-wheel-drive transverse-engined FAAR platform can be seen on the new BMW 1 Series. It accommodates petrol (gasoline), hybrid and pure electric powertrains.
This architecture seems to be a good choice for new Jaguar Land Rover’s models, as it spans cars sized between 4.2 m and 4.6 m in length.
Today’s Discovery Sport is 4.6 m long (like the current BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer), the Mini Countryman is 4.3 m long and the Range Rover Evoque is 4.37 m.
The recently launched second-generation Evoque (pictured) and updated Discovery Sport are both built on JLR’s Premium Transverse Architecture, which is still a fresher version of an older platform.
BMW’s FAAR is more advanced. It offers excellent economies of scale and reduces production costs.