Developing a new car from the ground up is a lot more than just research and development. There are several variables that play a vital role in deciding the specification and configuration of a brand new car. Possibly the most important variable that can make or break the researching process of the car is the end cost. So, to keep these the research and development costs down, carmakers use one platform for many cars.

Of course, these platforms are tweaked to cater for the cars needs, the basic design and the structure remains the same. That said, the carmakers share the platform not only in their various cars but also with other carmakers. So, to see them in detail, here are 7 cars in India that share the same platform.

  1. Nissan Kicks & Renault Duster

    Nissan Kicks
    Nissan Kicks

    Starting the Nissan and Renault alliance, the two cars that share the same platform are the Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster. On the design part, both definitely look a lot different on the outside, but they do share the same platform. This is evident as both the cars, offer exceptional ride quality on the bad section of roads. But because of a plusher suspension Kicks offer a little better ride.

    Renault Duster Turbo Launched
    Renault Duster Turbo
  2. Toyota Innova & Toyota Fortuner

    Toyota Innova Crysta | Facelift
    Toyota Innova Crysta | Facelift

    The pair of vehicles that belongs to two different segments but still shares the same platform is Toyota Innova and Toyota Fortuner. Both the top-selling cars from Toyota are underpinned by the IMV platform. Not only the basic chassis, both the cars also share the same naturally aspirated petrol engine.

    2020 Toyota Fortuner
    2020 Toyota Fortuner
  3. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross & Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

    Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Front Face
    Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Front Face

    Another unusual pair of vehicles that get the same underpinning is the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Why usual, you may ask? Well both the cars are different when it comes to dimensions. It is the S-Cross that is wider and longer but Vitara Brezza is a little taller. Keeping that away, in the typical Maruti fashion, both the cars also share the same 1.5-litre NA petrol engine.

    The 2020 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
    The 2020 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
  4. Volkswagen T-ROC & Skoda Karoq

    Volkswagen T-Roc
    Volkswagen T-Roc

    Even the German carmakers share one platform with their plethora of cars. Here in India, the other couple of cars to be part of this trend is the Volkswagen T-ROC and Skoda Karoq. Both of the cars in India came via the CBU route. This means they were priced a lot higher than their competition. But both the cars being an import, allowed the Indian customers to buy a Euro-spec vehicle in India.

    Skoda Kushaq Production
    Skoda Kushaq

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  5. Hyundai Verna & Kia Seltos

    2020 Hyundai Verna Front Profile
    2020 Hyundai Verna Front Profile

    It’s a common sight of SUVs sharing platforms with each other, but ever wondered about a sedan sharing its platform with an SUV? Yes! In the Indian market, Hyundai Verna and Kia Seltos both are based on the K2 platform. This platform also underpins various other cars from Hyundai and Kia. That said, even the powertrain and drivetrain is common between the two cars, minus the turbo petrol engine.

    Kia Seltos
    Kia Seltos

     

In the end, two cars having the same platform is at all a negative, in fact, it helps keep the buying and researching costs down. So, these were the 5 pairs of cars that share the underpinnings.

2 COMMENTS

  1. seltos shares its platform with santro also although the platform of santro is k1 but the k2 platform is just a little modified k1 platform

    • Hi Saksham,
      Usually, carmakers have multiple platforms in their inventory. And you are right that Kia Seltos underpins the K2 platform and the Santro is based on the K1 platform. But this doesn’t mean both shares the same platform. K1 and K2 are two different families of platforms and hence cannot be classified as similar.

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