Jaguar Land Rover to Adopt Chery’s Advanced Vehicle Platforms

Jaguar Land Rover to Adopt Chery’s Advanced Vehicle Platforms

Chery Chairman Yin Tongyao recently confirmed that Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will adopt Chery’s cutting-edge E0X and M3X platforms for their future plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV).

These platforms currently underpin a range of successful models including the Exlantix ET, Exlantix ES, Luxeed 7, Luxeed R7, Exeed RX, and Chery Tiggo 9.

The relationship between Chery and Jaguar Land Rover spans over 12 years in China, beginning with their joint venture in 2012 and the establishment of a co-owned factory in 2014.

During this time, JLR contributed significant expertise in suspension setup, while Chery drew design inspiration from Land Rover vehicles. Now, Chery is reciprocating by providing its advanced vehicle platforms to JLR.

Recently, Chery’s high-end brand Exeed announced a strategic cooperation agreement with JLR. Although the agreement is officially between JLR and Exeed, it essentially represents collaboration between Tata Motors (JLR’s parent company) and Chery Group.

Jaguar Land Rover’s adoption of Chery’s platforms focuses on two primary architectures developed by Chery engineers: the M3X and E0X. The M3X, also known as T2X in its second generation, was developed in collaboration with German firm Bentler and is designed for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and PHEVs.

Featuring Chery’s innovative “Super Hybrid” powertrain, which combines a petrol ICE with two electric motors via a 3DHT165 gearbox, this platform offers impressive efficiency and performance metrics. Models currently using the M3X platform include the Exeed RX PHEV and Chery Fulwin T9.

The E0X platform, a joint development between Chery and Huawei, is designed for BEVs and extended-range electric vehicles (EREV). It underpins models like the Exlantix ES, Exlantix ET, Luxeed S7, and Luxeed R7, offering versatility in body styles and incorporating advanced technologies such as an 800V high-voltage system, low energy consumption of 12 kWh/100 km, advanced autonomous driving capabilities, and optional air suspension.

Jaguar Land Rover, under Tata Motors’ ownership, has been addressing challenges in the new energy vehicle (NEV) sector, particularly in China where demand for NEVs is rapidly growing. This collaboration with Chery aims to bolster JLR’s market presence in China by leveraging Chery’s advanced M3X and E0X platforms.

The trend of global automakers adopting Chinese modular architectures for NEVs is gaining momentum. Mitsubishi Airtrek uses GAC’s GEP platform, Smart and Lotus EVs utilize Geely’s SEA platform, Renault plans to adopt Geely’s CMA platform, Volkswagen has agreed to use Xpeng’s E/E platform, and future Audi vehicles will feature SAIC’s iO Origin platform.

This strategic partnership between Chery and Jaguar Land Rover underscores the increasing integration of Chinese technological expertise and platforms into the global automotive landscape, particularly in the burgeoning NEV market segment.