Jaguar's SUV, the company's answer to the Range Rover Evoque, has been confirmed for production in 2016.
The £31,000 SUV is just one of six new models to be launched by Jaguar in the coming years. Jaguar's ambitous growth targets include tentative plans to look into a front-wheel-drive car for smaller vehicle segments. Here, car by car, is Jaguar's new model strategy.
Jaguar F-type coupe
Rumoured to be the definitive F-type, and likely to be cheaper than the drop-top. Some sources are suggesting it’s as much as a third stiffer than the roadster and is impressively lighter. There are hints the chassis could see significant hardware changes. With the drop-top rumoured to be shifting 1000 units per month, the coupé could add at least another 500.
Jaguar Q-type saloon
This is a massive gamble for Jaguar because it has invested heavily in a sophisticated new compact PLA platform. It’s expected to be particularly compact and aimed directly at BMW’s 3-series, offering a more involving driving experience and touting class-leading all-aluminium construction. Most versions will get lightweight, super-frugal engines. Set to be priced from £28,000.
Jaguar XQ crossover
Based on the same compact PLA aluminium platform as the saloon, the (tentatively named) XQ crossover could be the model to finally break Jaguar away from its traditional image and into the lucrative affluent family niche. It will compete with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, but is expected to carve its own niche by combining very sleek styling and all-aluminium construction.
Currently the last JLR car based on the original Jaguar aluminium architecture that made its debut in 2003 beneath the X350-gen XJ. Moving it on to the full-size PLA platform used by the big Range Rover models should greatly improve economies of scale and reduce the car’s build cost. There’s no news yet on whether Ian Callum’s controversial styling will be reprised.
The current XK is based on Jag’s original aluminium platform fitted with large extruded side members to provide stiffness for the cabrio. It’s relatively slow-selling and is going to be a decade old when it’s replaced. The next XK is expected to be underpinned by a modified compact PLA platform.
XF Sportbrake’s recent launch was a clear indication that the current XF still has some time to serve. A second facelift is expected in 2014, when the car is likely to be re-engineered to take JLR’s new four-pot engines. The 2017 model will use the PLA platform and is likely to be made next to the new XJ at a revamped Castle Bromwich. Additional details are scarce at this stage.