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Jaguar and Land Rover have been getting closer and closer. The two British luxury marques that once might have competed for the same customers now find themselves under the same Tata-constructed roof. And in the process they've begun sharing parts as big as engines. But you'd figure with Jaguars bound to the road and Land Rovers excelling off the beaten path, they couldn't possibly share something as fundamental as platforms, right? So you might figure, and with reasonable grounds, but you'd be wrong. That is, assuming the latest reports prove accurate.

According to Autocar, JLR will soon begin cutting back from six different platforms to just two. The major building block will be the flexible aluminum architecture underpinning the latest Jaguar XF and XJ sedans. JLR apparently figures the platform can be adapted easily enough for the high-riding, rock-jumping Land Rover and Range Rover models, as well as the upcoming new roadster from Jag, while the Discovery is reportedly slated to be replaced by a bigger version of the Freelander.

[Source: Autocar | Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      reading helps,

      Jaguar Land Rover plans to cut down from using six platforms to just two, including a platform share between the Range Rover and XJ.


      The basic set-up will be a conventional steel structure (based on Ford’s C1 platform), which will come in three lengths and underpin the three-model Freelander family. Insiders expect a super-size seven-seat Freelander to replace the current Discovery, so that model will not require a direct replacement.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It just doesn't make any sense. Something has been lost in this communication. As I stated above, the more likely scenario is to have all Jaguars on one, all Land Rovers on another.

        This is one of the few scenario's I do not want to be proven wrong. A sporty/touring sedan underpinning even a softroader wannabe Land Rover is just wrong.

        On second thought, that's probably exactly what will happen. Sad day for Land Rover if it's true.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so the xk will be derived from the xj? no thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think more realistically, all Jag cars (XJ, XF, XK etc) will have one platform, and all Land Rovers will have one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @memphisnet - yup, all it takes is a pair of modular platforms, if Audi can do it with the MLP, jag/lr/tata shouldn't have issues making it work
        • 4 Years Ago
        That seems to be the most logical conclusion MNet. I don't know why that didn't occur to me at first.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Defender and RR/ LR2 on the same platform? Land Rover isn't Land Rover anymore. Thanks, P Diddy and soccer moms.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ditto. Jaguar can do anything they need with a single platform. Even an SUV. LR is a bit more difficult, but I bet it can still be done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they won't dilute their off-road ability.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It sounds like they will all become high riding station wagons or cross overs and not real LRs. I'm hoping they have some very savvy engineers who can pull it off. But since I don't think Tata has made any profit off either sense acquiring them, I'm not very optimistic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Two words. Flexible Aluminum. Sounds like they are about to become soft roaders to me. Can`t see how you can possibly expect that kind of frame to take the same off road brutality. Of course most Land Rover buyers never drive anything more challenging than a dirt road. I do think this is a mistake though. Though they never use it Land Rover buyers like the idea that their vehicles could drive off road if the apocalypse ever hit or Great Britain got hit by snow like they did this year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i hate SUVs but i get it with land rovers

        they are some of the best off road vehicles on the planet, they just happen to be amazing inside and out, you pay for it though
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sissified Disco? No, thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The XK is already derived from the XJ. What are you talking about? Even the RD-6 concept was built on the XJ platform. It's very flexible. Also the RR and RRS will use Jaguar's aluminum platform but will likely have all of the same AWD offroad hardware so there should be any sacifrice in offroad ability at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, I hope they don't screw this up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They don't mean that the aluminum is flexible in that way. It means it is fliexible in that it can be used to different sized vehicles. sports cars, suvs, cars...etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FoMo dumped these dogs before the red ink of the recession
      dropped demand to the floor.
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