More details on Jaguar’s upcoming crossover

Going forward, Jaguar plans on using aluminum bodies on all their vehicles, like they currently do in the XJ and XK. Come 2015 that line up will include Jaguars very first crossover SUV.

With no complete design yet anything is possible, and Jaguar doesn’t plan on replicating any existing vehicles. The aluminum body is already going to set this crossover apart, and other parts are beginning development around it. A 4WD system is taking shape, along with an eight-speed automatic. A number of fueling options will also begin to stand out from high-performance to a full-hybrid.

Engine possibilities include a four-cylinder 2.2 liter, a turbocharged version borrowed from the Evoque, or it may go for a larger displacement with a 3.0 liter V6. Taking it even further with the option of the F-Types’ 3.7 liter, a supercharger is feasible there as well.

With a market targeted for America, China and Russia, Jaguar’s idea is to drastically boost sales to fund development of its new platform. Taking yearly sales from its current 50,000 units to the goal of 200,000 will be no easy task. Jaguar is banking on its crossover to help hit the mark.

The Jaguar SUV is due sometime in 4 years and will take on the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML and Audi Q7.

– By: Alexandra Koken

Source: TopGear