01 June 2011

Jaguar SUV...Finally

Finally Jaguar is planning to launch a new SUV to boost sales. Although this is the area of Land Rover of the same company, Jaguar intends for an off road vehicle to meet the development cost of a new platform. Besides, VW, Audi and Skoda all compete in the SUV sector within one company.

While much is yet to be known of the new vehicle, it will be made of aluminum. This is the material for all Jaguars of the future. That includes the new compact rear-wheel drive the new model to be below the XF, However, the current XK platform is too large for this compact model and the new model will not be sufficient to meet the development cost of the new platform, so the Jag SUV will help spread that wide enough to warrant the investment.

This new SUV is expected to surface in 2015, fitted with the all-wheel drive system currently being developed for the 2013 XJ saloon car. Engines planned are the 2.6 and 3.0 L V6 diesels, in petrol form perhaps a four cylinder turbo, and a hybrid model too. All the engines will be mated to an 8-speed auto box. (As to how it will look, see picture).

My summation: A must have for Jaguar, but another case of JLR following the pack - very tardily in this instance.

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