At next month’s 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show Jaguar is expected to make a landmark announcement
concerning its future lineup, which we know will be expanded with a new entry-level sedan and may also include a crossover SUV. A concept of the new sedan or possibly the SUV
is tipped to be unveiled in order to gauge opinions, but have both vehicles already been approved for production?
We know the sedan is in the works due to the sighting of various test mules
in Europe. However, Jaguar may soon start work on an SUV, too, as Autocar
is reporting that the production green light has been given and a launch date set for 2016.
The SUV, which may be called Q-Type or perhaps XQ, will target the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in the competitive small premium SUV segment. Jaguar is hoping to lure young families, who often look past the brand’s current lineup of powerful sedans and sports cars. A conventional five-door SUV body is likely to be adopted but being a Jag it will still be very sporty looking and sophisticated.
Underpinning the vehicle is said to be a shortened version of the aluminum Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) that debuted in the 2013 Range Rover SUV. The flexible platform will be used for a variety of Jaguar models including the new small sedan and next-generation versions of the XF, XJ and even the XK.
By utilizing the PLA, Jaguar’s SUV may end up being the lightest vehicle in its class. Matched with the automaker’s punchy 2.0-liter turbo engines, it may also end up being the most frugal as well, at least when non-hybrids are concerned. Diesel and V-6 engines should also be on offer.
With the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show’s
September 10 opening press day quickly approaching, we should have a better idea of Jaguar’s future plans very soon. Stay tuned for an update._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.