Is Jaguar planning a new crossover for 2015?
Dubbed the XQ, a new Jaguar-branded luxury crossover could fill a void in the British automaker’s sedan- and coupe-only model line.
With luxury automakers bent on crossovers, Jaguar, long dedicated to sporty coupes and sedans, wants to try building one of its own.
That may explain why the British automaker filed a trademark application for the name "XQ" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in January, hinting that it plans to unveil an all-new crossover vehicle.
When contacted by MSN Autos, Jaguar officials declined to comment on whether the XQ name would grace an upcoming crossover. But according to Edmunds.com, which provided the above rendering, executives at Jaguar Land Rover have been considering a high-volume crossover to further boost sales and add variety to the brand’s sedan- and coupe-only model line.
Although the company has the luxury SUV segment covered with Land Rover, competitors such as Cadillac and Lexus have had crossovers for years -- and the upcoming Audi Q2, BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLA will add even more to an already large market. Exotic brands like Bentley, Lamborghini and Maserati also plan to launch vehicles in the segment within the next two years.
Jaguar Land Rover is also likely encouraged by the success of the Range Rover Evoque luxury crossover that launched last year, which has sold more than 100,000 copies -- more than any previous new Land Rover model.
Since being jettisoned by Ford at the dawn of the recession and snatched up along with Land Rover by the Indian conglomerate Tata, Jaguar has been a success story. Bolstered by fresh new products like the XJ, Jaguar saw its U.S. sales increase 6 percent in 2012 compared with a year earlier, and for the first quarter of 2013 the sales were up 7 percent. Globally, Jaguar Land Rover sales soared more than 30 percent last year.
Platform options for the Jaguar XQ include a crossover created on an expanded version of the architecture being developed for the 2015 Jaguar XS small sport sedan or the all-aluminum platform that underpins the latest 2013 Range Rover and 2014 Range Rover Sport. The rear-wheel-drive architecture of the XS would allow for all-wheel-drive, while the ultra-light Range Rover design would easily adapt to the dimensions of a midsize crossover, as well as permit Jaguar Land Rover to spread development costs over a variety of vehicles.
Jaguar added the XF Sportbrake to its European lineup earlier this year, which gives a glimpse of what the XQ crossover could look like. Unlike the XF Sportbrake, a Jaguar crossover could cross the Atlantic for the U.S. market, but probably not until 2015 as a 2016 model at the earliest.
They lost their style and identity (owned 2 Jaguars) not interested in these....
Virtually all the existing SUVs and CUVs, and new ones to come-- do, is just haul around lots more empty air in the passenger seats than cars do!
If you've seen one of 'em, you've seen them all!
I'm prejudice, as a car guy. And... a retired big-rig driver.
I have never been a fan of SUV's but I do love Jaquar cars but I will not buy any SUV not even Jag's. I do not blame them for entering the market to stay competitive with everyone else. Heck why limit yourself in the market. No need to get upset with them just don't buy the SUV. I bought and still own a 1986 XJS V-12 coupe and it (to me) is still the best looking car out there coming and going. I also bought a 2010 XF Portfolio and recently bought my wife a 2012 XJL Supercharged. When Ford bought Jaq they ruined the look but corrected a lot of the mechanicals. I am glad to see this new company own Jaq. The XF is the finest ride I have ever been in. It is better than the XJ or the K. It is the quietest, quickest, smoothest and most fun car I have every driven. Do their test drive and forget about the SUV. I thought the same when I saw a Porsche SUV. Hey if I were a Porsche fan I would not be upset I just would buy the darn thing. And again as far as loosing their style...These cars are now some of the best looking out there. And the interiors are absolutely fantastic. No plastic or crap anywhere, leather and suede!
When Sir Lion was no longer in charge and Ford had Jaguar for a while, now some India outfit has Jaguar, well I tell ya ... I can't see any exciting sheet metal lines in the currant offering. It's so depressing. So un exciting. So crappy looking.
I owned a 1976 XJ 12 C, yes a double six, first fuel injected. An honest 153 mph at 7,550 rpm on the 'single nickel' between Chicago and DeKalb. Sable brown. I liked the car a lot and I would work on it weekdays so I could drive it on the weekends. No big deal, it was easy to work on.
Now I have no interest in any new Jag. All the new cars all look like they came out of the same wind tunnel, trying to cheat the wind. Just remember that resistance through the air squares as speed doubles.
I would be interested in a Nice 1961 MKII Jaguar.
I Luv's how the roof line humps up, like a Razorback pig.
That inline double over head cam makes a very nice exhaust note. The interior is 'British' to be sure. Additionally the MKII has all the modern things except electric window lifts.
If I wanted a stinking SUV station wagon I'd fine a Mini wagon.
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