Prototype sighting gives fresh clues to Jaguar’s rakish SUV ahead of the unveiling of a concept next month
30 August 2013

The forthcoming Jaguar SUV, tipped to appear at the Frankfurt motor show next month, has again been spotted on UK roads.

Snapped near Jaguar Land Rover’s Gaydon R&D headquarters in Warwickshire, the prototype combines Jaguar’s new compact aluminium platform with a one-off body that gives some early clues to the final form of the car. 

Autocar sources have said that the crossover is due “in 2016”, but this mule looks little more than 18 months from production, suggesting that it could arrive in spring 2015.

The Jaguar SUV is based on the same new ‘compact’ Premium Lightweight Architecture as its saloon sister model. Under the skin of this prototype is Jaguar’s new turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. There’s expected to be a choice of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive on the final model.

Autocar understands that this mule is an early engineering car, which is testing both the SUV’s version of the compact Jaguar running gear (which has wider tracks and raised-height suspension) and the engine’s cooling and calibration. 

The one-off hatchback bodywork, which uses XF rear lights, is far from the final styling, but it does give clues to the final shape because of the aerodynamic need to simulate the correct roofline and shaping of the rear end. 

This scoop shot shows just how compact the production saloon and crossover models will be. It’s thought that Jaguar has consciously decided to exploit the advantages of the company’s unique bonded 
and riveted aluminium structure by building a small car family that doesn’t suffer the middle-age spread of other ‘compact’ premium cars.

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30 August 2013

Ah another day another Jaguar concept story for AutoJag

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

30 August 2013

Hardly the look of an SUV, even the X6 has a nicer rump.

Looks more like a XF 'Allroad'

A34

30 August 2013

That sloping rear hatch makes this more a BMW GT than SUV. Not much room for muddy Labradors there!

30 August 2013

it's quite clearly an early mule car using a jacked up and modified XF body as a cover. Do you really think they would be running a production intent body style in the open with so little camo even before a styling model is shown at Frankfurt..?

30 August 2013

Again, I don't get the cynism here. All they have to do do is offer an attractive package with some more versatility vis a vis a sedan. Jag do not need to bring an all out SUV. Think they are being very clever this time around after having missed out on this opportunity earlier.

30 August 2013

Please dont wreck Jags image by bringing out an suv we dont need a new audi, bmw or merc they are all german brands this is a british brand (yes i know they are owned by the indians) we need to follow our own style its worked so far. Please leave the SUV's to Landrover and start work on the new xk or something just not this as this i know is only a spyshot looks dreadful unless is like an x1 or an allroad like a 4wheel drive raised saloon and the world doesnt need a new suv

BJN

30 August 2013

I do love JLR, and am excited to see the finished product, but like I said when the first image was shown a couple of weeks ago, this appears to be JLR marketing starting to build hype for the concept reveal at Frankfurt in a couple of weeks rather than random spootings. And good for them!

This SUV is quite clearly in the mould of the BMW X6 and upcoming MLC from Mercedes. Even Audi have a SUV/coupe crossover in the works so this car will have some good company, and competition, when it hits the road. I think this style of vehicle is much more suited to the Jaguar brand than a traditional SUV - leave that to the Range Rover division.

And if you want a Jaguar for the muddy Labradors, get an XF Sportbrake Smile

30 August 2013

Of course Jaguar needs an SUV, whether you like it or not.
They sell 70,000 cars globally a year, which is pretty tiny, and only makes Jaguar a viable global player if they are subsidised by their sister company.
I'm afraid there is no middle ground where Jaguar can continue to 'be Jaguar' and still compete. Either they become a chocolate box pastiche manufacturer or they develop high-margin niche vehicles that are totally unlike anything they have made before.
I'm not saying it's right but they have to respond to the demands of the market to survive. A change is as good as a rest.


30 August 2013

If they get anywhere near the hype of the Evoque, and they nail it together in the UK, and export most of them to the Far East/ US, great!

We need as many high priced exports as possible, and this weird pseudo-coupe-4x4 type of car seems hugely popular overseas.

30 August 2013

I want the negative troll heads to explain WHY it is ok for the like of BMW, Audi and Mercedes to have this type of car, but when Jaguar do it, they are right royally slagged off by you.

Jaguar are like any business, expand or die, they are expanding with great products and will continue to do so for some considerable while yet.

So, why is that you feel necessary to slag them off all the time ?

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