It is no more news for same chassis or car platforms to be shared by different vehicle manufacturers in the industry. The reason for they adopted this methodology is to reduce the production cost incurred when making these newer vehicles we drive. Naijauto realizes that most people aren’t yet aware of this but have felt it at one point or the other in recent cars they see. So, the next time you enter such arguments in any automotive community, realize this fact and avoid blind arguments.
These car models that share same platforms or chassis mainly differ from one another by their outward designs or styling like in their tail lights, rear or front designs, and headlights. Some of them might also have different or same drivetrains and engines. Below are some of such car models that we discovered share the same platforms or chassis:
1. Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, and Bentley Bentayga
This would probably be hard for you to believe if we tell you that the same Volkswagen PL73 chassis was used in the Audi Q7 owned by Volkswagen and in the Bentley Bentayga, which is four times more expensive than Audi Q7.
Different as they seem to be, Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga share the same chassis
Yes, you read that right. It was also the same platform used in the Porsche Cayenne and in the Lamborghini Urus. It wouldn’t be a wonder to you anymore if you recollect when the Rolls Royce CEO had called their rival - Bentley Bentayga “a rebadged Audi Q7” back then when the Rolls Royce Cullinan came out.
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2. 2012 Mercedes Benz M Class and Jeep Grand Cherokee
Second on our list is the duos of the 2012 Mercedes Benz M Class and the Jeep Grand Cherokee sitting on the same German SUV chassis. Although, it is undeniable that better off-road ability levels are delivered by the Jeep Grand Cherokee compared to the 2012 Mercedes Benz M Class.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers better off-road ability levels than the 2012 M Class Mercedes Benz
3. The military Humvee and Hummer H1
Without much description or details, both cars stated in the above title i.e. the military M998 Humvee and the Hummer H1 civilian version are both based on the same chassis. This chassis interestingly belongs to and was actually made for the military M998 Humvee itself.
The military M998 Humvee chassis is used to produce the Hummer H1 civilian version
4. The 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and Cadillac Escalade EXT
Another surprise, huh?
The 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and the extended crossover truck - 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT both share the same GMT800 chassis.
GMT800 chassis has been used in both 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT
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5. The Toyota Matrix, Avensis and RAV4
It just got more interesting here as all the vehicles we will be listing below all share the same Toyota MC chassis. These car models include; 2011 Toyota Sienna, 2009 Toyota Venza, 2009 Toyota Matrix, 2007 Lexus ES, 2006 Toyota RAV4, and many others we can’t even recollect.
Lots of Toyota Sienna, Matrix, Avensis, RAV4 and Lexus ES were based on the same platform
Though they all differ in their exterior and interior designs, believe it or not, they all share the same Toyota MC chassis. Though, we would like to mention that the Lexus ES’ first five generations which one could basically see as rebadged and upgraded Camry cars, were all based on the Toyota Camry chassis.
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6. The Chrysler 300 and Mercedes Benz E Class
Let us drop this in short as you might probably need some time to process and believe it. After Chrysler has been bought by Daimler-Benz, the Chrysler engineers have since used a lot of Mercedes Benz chassis in the production of their Chrysler cars. A good example is the Chrysler 300 and Mercedes Benz E Class.
Chrysler engineers have used a lot of Mercedes Benz chassis in the production of some Chrysler cars you know
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7. The Chevrolet Colorado and Hummer H3
Two lines will summarize what you need to know quickly. Here are the 2 lines below:
- The GMT 355 pickup truck chassis is used in both the Chevrolet Colorado and the Hummer H3 cars
- The GM truck platform is what the Hummer H3 and H2 are built on. There were not built on the original Hummer H1 chassis.
Can you see the similarities between this Colorado and a Hummer H3?
There you go. If you doubt some of the information which we have provided above, we advise you do your personal research on the internet and find out the truth.