It seems that Jaguar are planning a new crossover that will have aluminium underpinnings and new engines; the very same ones that are being used for the XE sports saloon. It looks like the first prototype has been seen.
It has been announced that it will be in 2016 when the car enters production, which will be a year after the XE is ready and three years after the C-X17 concept was shown in Frankfurt in 2013 providing a look at a Jaguar SUV for the first time.
The test mule spotted looked like a Land Rover 4×4 crossed with a jaguar and was seen in the UK near to the JLR headquarters. The body and rear are the same as those used for the Baby Discovery land Rover mules but the front is significantly different.
The front grille looks very much in the style of a jaguar, with the wa that it cuts in to the elading edge of the bonnet in the same way as the XJ. It also has low set air intakes which look like those on the C-X17 concept car.
The ride height is lower than that on the discovery mules but it could be partly due to the late braking driver’s evasive action as he was trying to avoid being photographed.
The drivetrain certainly looks like something new with it being the 2.0 litre turbodiesel engine. This si something that is likely to replace the 2.2 litre engine that is used in many Jaguar and land Rover vehicles includeing the entry level XFs. The new four cylinder engine will be able to compete with other fleet friendly 2.0 TDIs such as Mercedes, BMW and Audis in the European market. There will be V6 and V8 options to keep the US, Middle East and Asian customers happy.
Jaguar have not commented on this specific prototype, when asked saying that there are many prototypes that are being tested and that this one could not be commented on specifically. There has also been no specific announcement that there will be a crossover SUV which implies that they are still working out the final details and how to fit it in with their current production line.
The car has the codename X761 and has rear and all wheel drive option coming from the aluminium underpinnings that it shares with the new jaguar XE which is a small sports saloon. It also has the same Ingenium engines. The new power plants will be built in Wolverhampton, UK where a new £500m engine plant has been built. This is part of a bigger investment from Land Rover and Jaguar which will create 1700 jobs in the UK and inject £1.5bn in the assembly plant in Solihull. It is expected that the companies output will double from 4000,000 global sales in 2013 to 800,000 in 2018.
The name has now yet been decided on. The ‘Q-type’ and ‘XQ’ names have been trademarked by Jaguar but it is expected that ‘XQ’ is the most likely as the –type is usually reserved for a sports car.