Jaguar Land Rover‘s partnership with BMW seems to be getting more expansive. Autocar reports that both automakers could share architectures for future vehicles, with Jaguar potentially using BMW’s FAAR platform for small SUVs. That platform can underpin gas-only vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric models.
BMW’s latest front-drive platform could underpin the next generation X1 and Mini Countryman, both of which currently utilize the UKL architecture. In addition to a standard small crossover, Jaguar is also planning a second model that could use the BMW FAAR platform: a swoopy coupe-like crossover, says Autocar. Neither upcoming Jaguar model has a name yet. The next generation Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque could also move to the FAAR architecture. Additionally, a new entry-level Land Rover that could revive the Freelander name is tipped to be in the cards.
Earlier this year, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover announced a partnership for electrified powertrains. But that appears to be just the tip of the iceberg. The partnership also appears to include BMW sharing internal combustion engines with Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. According to Autocar’s sources, sharing powertrains with BMW will help minimize the costs of Jaguar Land Rover’s own Ingenium engine lineup. The money saved would then be allocated to Jaguar Land Rover’s electrification, connected car, and autonomous vehicle projects, which will appear in future models.
Gaining access to BMW’s FAAR platform would give Jaguar Land Rover a modern front-drive-based platform. The current front-drive platform used in the Jaguar E-Pace and Range Rover Evoque dates back to 2012. Both vehicles in that platform are quite heavy for their size; the E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic HSE we tested last year weighed in at a whopping 4,248 pounds.