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Pushed to Compete: Jaguar Set to Launch Two New Small SUVs

Pushed to compete in a very saturated market, Jaguar is set to join forces and build two new SUVs on BMWs platform.

Two new small crossovers are set to join the Jaguar range and it’s looking very likely that they will be built on BMW platforms.

Here's what we know so far about the Jaguar and BMW alliance:

The brief history between Jaguar and BMW has grown stronger. Starting as a joint venture to work on the electric drive unit development, the deal between the two companies could also mean there is a new entry-level Land Rover model on the way along with next-generations of the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport, and they will be built on BMW’s platform.

Autocar sources have revealed that BMW is set to supply Jaguar Land-Rover with engines in both standard and hybrid form.

Could this mean newer cars from BMW and JLR on a shared platform?

Two small economical SUVs are already in development by Jaguar that is very likely to be based on BMW’s platform. The new small SUVs will be in the form of a coupe crossover - similar to the new Audi Q3 Sportback - and are very likely to join the Pace family.

The small SUVs are just a fraction of what may come from the new alliance. It has been rumoured that the next-generation Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport could be sibling cars to the new MINI Countryman and the BMW X1.

New Jaguar BMW Models

It's not yet known what the new entry-level Land Rover will be exactly, but it has been rumoured to be a compact off-roader that is capable of tackling the city. The most likely concept in JLR's catalogue for this would be the DC100 revealed in 2011.

As said above, the two new models to come from Jaguar out of the new partnership will be in the form of a compact coupe SUV and will join the Pace family. All will be hybrid models as manufacturers are pushed to make more eco-friendly vehicles.

One of the main points of the alliance is to bring down emissions. The new cars are likely to be released somewhere around 2025, this is when the next round of strict EU fleet CO2 regulations will come into action.

Jaguar and BMW: Strict emission regulations

The EU has been pushing manufacturers to produce more eco-friendly vehicles for the last five years. The UK has recently introduced low emission zones that will roll out all over the UK over the next couple of years.

The EU has set a CO2 fleet emissions target for of 95g/km for next year, it is predicted that by 2025 it will be required to reduce the average CO2 output of its vehicles by 80g/km and ensure 15% of its yearly output are pure-electric or plug-in vehicles.

The pressure on manufacturers to produce eco vehicles is growing and the JLR BMW alliance is likely to be a result of this.

BMW, Jaguar team up to build electric cars

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Posted on 12th August 2019 at 11:56 PM

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