These are the best pictures yet of the new Jaguar SUV, due in 2016.
The SUV will be Jaguar’s first, and was previewed by the C-X17 concept car from the Frankfurt motor show.
Under the adapted XF bodywork on this early engineering mule is Jaguar’s new architecture, whose title iQ[Al] stands for ‘intelligent aluminium architecture’. It underpinned the C-X17 and will first be used on a BMW 3-series-rivalling saloon due in 2015.
Jaguar bosses say the architecture is both modular and scalable and enables flexible, high-volume production that can produce competitive interior packaging and allows a great deal of design freedom.
As well as a saloon and an SUV, estate and coupé models are also set to be spun off the architecture, which can accommodate different wheelbase lengths, track widths and heights.
The production SUV is set to be smaller than the 4.72metre-long C-X17, something backed up by how big the XF body looks in proportion to the chassis.