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Callum Confirms Jaguar Crossover In The Works, Says SUVs Are For Land Rover

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A Jaguar SUV? That's not Jag's bag, baby. Or so says Ian Callum, noting that a crossover is in the works, but the big off-roaders will be left to sister brand Land Rover.

That's no real surprise to us, however, as we've been reporting on a coming crossover from Jaguar--designed by Callum--for well over a year now.

The likelihood of a true SUV--meaning something tall, large, and off-roadable--has always been low at Jaguar, given the close ties to Land Rover, which "produces the best SUVs in the world," Callum told Cars UK at the Geneva Motor Show.

Callum also played a bit coy when asked if he'd already penned a design for the upcoming cat-brand crossover. An earlier report pegged Callum as the author of the crossover's shape, however, and it would only make sense given his masterful re-working of the modern face of Jaguar's sedans.

Beyond a Callum design, the Jaguar crossover is expected to get an all-aluminum body to save up to 660 pounds against a conventional steel body. All-wheel drive, relatively compact sizing, and a good on-road demeanor are also expected to be part of the recipe. An eight-speed transmission will route the power, while gasoline and hybrid options are likely for the U.S., though a diesel will probably land in Europe as well.

We do have something of a wait before we'll see it, however, as the Jaguar crossover isn't expected until 2015 or thereabouts.
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  1. expect it to sit on a stretched Evoque platform with a similar style of raised rear haunces but more curvaceous to fit in with the current excellent style that Jag is producing. Fingers crossed it resembles the XF more so than the XJ, especially the rear end treatment !
     
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