First picture of the new Jaguar SUV testing, set to take on the BMW X3
Mark Tisshaw
15 August 2013

This is understood to be the first picture of Jaguar’s new SUV in testing.

As revealed this week, a concept version of the SUV is due to be seen at the Frankfurt motor show next month before going into production in 2016.

The test mule sports Jaguar’s typical camouflage for its prototypes, as well as the firm’s signature rear tail-light design. It is possible to make out the rakish roofline and sloping tailgate of the mule, backing up insider reports that Jaguar is aiming to make its SUV the most coupé-like and sportiest-looking in the segment.

Sources who have seen the vehicle at customer clinics describe it as “stunning”.

The estimated £31,000 model will be natively rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional. It will be based on a smaller version of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Premium Lightweight Architecture, which underpins the latest  Range Rover and Range Rover Sport in its longer form.

Autocar reader Dominic Moss spied the mule in Warwickshire, and his description of the engine note suggests the mule might have been powered by one of JLR’s new turbocharged four-cylinder ‘Hotfire’ petrol engines. Diesel Hotfires will also be offered, alongside petrol and diesel V6s.

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15 August 2013

Going to buy myself a crappy old Jag S-type, put some silly too-small wheels on it, paint it with camo paint, duct tape over some random bits of the body, and become a celebrity in Autocar.

 

Ok, that was abit facetious. However, I can't make out much from that photo, let alone a new Jag SUV.

15 August 2013

Here we go! JLR's marketing team will be 'leaking' images like these during the build up to Frankfurt and beyond I'm sure. I'm a fan of all things JLR, though, so it's all good!

I know the pic is very grainy but this rear end reminds me of the BMW X6. Can't wait to see the concept next month Smile

Rods.

15 August 2013

Rods wrote:

Here we go! JLR's marketing team will be 'leaking' images like these during the build up to Frankfurt and beyond I'm sure. I'm a fan of all things JLR, though, so it's all good!

I know the pic is very grainy but this rear end reminds me of the BMW X6. Can't wait to see the concept next month Smile

Rods.

 

I sincerely hope it bears no resemblance to an X6

15 August 2013

Rods wrote:

I know the pic is very grainy but this rear end reminds me of the BMW X6. Can't wait to see the concept next month Smile

Rods.

Obviously this is a mule, but if JLR are wanting it to be the most coupe-like SUV maybe it will have a lot in common with the X6.

15 August 2013

Is that even a photo? Looks more like a watercolour. If you accept pictures like that then people should get painting their concept cars they've "seen" and start posting them in.

At least the numberplate should be visible in Autocar published pictures so we can check it against the database and confirm its not bullshit.

 

 

15 August 2013

...don't JLR already make a whole Range of SUVs?

15 August 2013

Quite clearly just an XF model year change.

IAD

15 August 2013

If you have resources and technical expertise (Land Rover) so close to home it makes perfect sence to utilise it, especially given how every premium car maker now have SUVs in their range underpinning their profits.  So what's another SUV in the market? Surely that's good for everyone?

15 August 2013

Perhaps the blurriness of the photo can be explained by the fact this article was posted two minutes after midnight (presumably to get the 'scoop' in first) ...

Come back to us when you have something resembling the production vehicle so we can all say "yeah, whatever ... another premium SUV" ...

15 August 2013

A another day another Jaguar non-story

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

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