2016 Jaguar crossover test mule spy shots
First previewed in the C-X17 concept, this new architecture, code-named iQ[Al], will be utilized first by Jaguar’s 3-Series rival and go on to spawn at least three additional models by 2018. Other models are likely to include a new ‘Sportbrake’ wagon based on the 3-Series rival, the next-generation XF, and this new crossover.
Derived from the Premium Lightweight Architecture that underpins the larger Range Rover SUV, the iQ[Al] is a scalable vehicle platform designed not only to be light but also extremely stiff. It’s also been designed to incorporate innovative efficiency technologies such as diesel, plug-in hybrid and even battery-powered electric powertrains.
Unfortunately, we still don’t have specifics on the engines that will feature in vehicles based on the iQ[Al] platform although Jaguar has been dropping hints. Expect base models to feature the automaker’s upcoming ‘hotfire’ four-cylinder engine, which will come in either gasoline or diesel flavors, though the latter may not make it to the U.S.
Jaguar’s 3.0-liter V-6 engine range is also likely, but don’t hold your breath waiting for a V-8 model since the British automaker is turning away from big engines. An eight-speed automatic should be standard, with drive going to either the rear wheels or all four.
Note, these spy shots show a test mule, which is not indicative of the final design. Look for the stunning lines of the C-X17 concept to transfer over in time for production. We’re expecting Jaguar’s new crossover to launch in late 2015, as a 2016 model.
What the vehicle will be called is still up in the air, though we know Jaguar has registered “XQ” and “Q-Type” with the European Union's trademark agency. Given the automaker’s naming cadence, the new crossover may be called the Q-Type while the XQ name is reserved for the upcoming 3-Series rival. The XS name has also been mooted for the sedan.