Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will reportedly leverage its existing relationship with BMW to build new small SUVs around the middle of the next decade.
Already confirmed to be sharing electric vehicle (EV) powertrains and rumoured to also be sharing internal combustion engines, Autocar is now reporting that BMW’s UKL2 platform, and its hybrid-focused FAAR derivative, could be made available to the British carmaker.
At present, the BMW architecture underpins the new-generation 1 Series (set to hit Australian showrooms before year’s end), X1 small SUV, X2 coupe crossover, and Mini Clubman and Countryman.
As such, the two new Jaguar SUVs will be small in size, and slot in below the existing E- and F-Pace crossovers.
Naming is current unclear, but if Jaguar maintains its naming conventions, expect to see C- and D-Pace models emerge, one being a traditional five-door wagon and the other a sloped-roof SUV coupe.
This would stack Jaguar’s mooted SUVs up against the Audi Q2 and Q3, as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLB and GLA.
Land Rover is also set to get into the action with a baby SUV mooted, as well as the next-generation of Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport models possibly migrating to BMW’s FAAR platform.
The current Evoque and Discovery Sport are built on HLR’s Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA), which is an evolution of the D8 platform that traces its roots back to Ford’s EUCD chassis from the mid-2000s.
Meanwhile, the remainder of JLR’s models are built on the D7 platform, with variations for the all-electric I-Pace and off-road-focused Land Rover models.