These are the latest spy shots of Jaguar’s upcoming crossover based on the
first shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The prototype has been designed to resemble a model from sister company Land Rover, but the low and wide stance, rectangular grille, and positioning of the lights confirm that this is a Jaguar in the making. Previous shots showed the new Jaguar while it was in the test mule stage.
The vehicle will take on the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in the premium small crossover segment but will be set apart by brilliant dynamics and fuel efficiency made possible by an advanced lightweight aluminum architecture. First previewed in the C-X17 concept, this new architecture, code-named iQ[Al], will be utilized first by Jaguar’s XE 3-Series
rival and go on to spawn at least three additional models by 2018
. Other models will include the next-generation XF
, a coupe or wagon based on the XE, and this 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.
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. We think the latter will be used for the new crossover to help distinguish it from the automaker’s sedan lineup.
Power in the Q-Type will come from a range of four-cylinder engines Jaguar is calling the Ingenium family. The Ingenium engines will come in gasoline and diesel flavors, and will feature in other models from the automaker’s lineup such as the XE. Jaguar has also designed its iQ[Al] platform to be able to accommodate its 3.0-liter V-6 already offered in the F-Type sports car, so expect this option too.
An eight-speed automatic should be standard, with drive going to either the rear wheels or all four.
Look for a reveal of the Q-Type in late 2015, with sales to commence the following year. And stay tuned for updates in the meantime.
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