BMW and JLR announced a new partnership this June that will see the two firms brainstorm over improving electric drive components.
The BMW-JLR agreement says “a joint team of BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover experts located in Munich will be tasked with further developing the Gen 5 power units.” The partnership could also extend into a series of petrol, diesel, and hybrid powertrains.
JLR and BMW will co-develop next-generation electric drive units, while JLR will leverage BMW's existing range of engines to power its future products.
Jaguar Land Rover could soon start using BMW IC engines, either with or without electrification, for various future models. The move is described as a “more far-reaching deal involving gasoline, diesel, and hybridized drivelines,” helping JLR cut down on investments in IC engines and divert the cash toward researching into and developing next-generation electric and hybrid powertrains. BMW, in turn, will expand the production volume for its engines beyond the BMW, Rolls-Royce, and Mini brands.
At this point, not much is known about the nature of the alliance. We are not privy to which engines JLR will use and for which and how many models. A recent rumour suggested that the refreshed Jaguar F-Type could make good use of BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8, marking the brand’s shift to BMW power. On the other hand, a JLR spokesperson commented that the automaker has no plans to outsource the manufacture of its four- and six-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines.
JLR’s facility near Birmingham will be tasked with producing the next-generation electric powertrains developed jointly with BMW. Joan Chesney, JLR corporate communications manager, said, “The facility has also been confirmed as the home of our global Electric Drive Unit (EDU) production. We have confirmed we are working with BMW on the joint development of next-generation EDUs for our future vehicles.”
BMW is renowned as a maker of one of the best performing engines in the world. JLR cars will benefit massively from the new Anglo-German agreement.
This is indeed welcome news, as two automotive giants with rich histories are joining hands to improve future cars. Pooling resources, knowledge, and talent into a single entity to develop modern drivetrains will only end up benefitting the automotive industry at large, and would have far-reaching effects beyond. JLR using BMW engines is not necessarily a bad thing either. For who wouldn’t like the idea of the gorgeous F-Type featuring a stonking BMW M-Power V8 that sets about destroying rubber at the first prod of the throttle?