Jaguar has just launched all-wheel-drive options on its XF and XJ sedans, which it hopes will make the cars more desirable in areas where winter means heavy snowfall, icy roads and slippery conditions.

Part of the reason why it has taken Jaguar so long to offer an all-wheel-drive option is that its existing cars weren’t originally designed for such systems. This meant that extensive modification and testing was required to implement Jaguar's all-wheel-drive system.

And even now, the system has only been developed to work with left-hand-drive vehicles and a single engine type.

Jaguar won’t be making this mistake with its future models, and will be designing them from the outset to be compatible with all-wheel drive, according to the automaker’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark.

Speaking with Autocar, Hallmark said he couldn’t imagine any model in the Jaguar lineup not benefiting from the added traction of all-wheel drive.  

This means that we could see an all-wheel-drive option even offered on Jaguar’s future sports cars, a trend which many automakers with high-performance vehicles are following. Audi’s performance models all come standard with all-wheel drive, and even Mercedes-Benz's AMG is moving towards all-wheel drive as it chases higher engine output and acceleration times.  

The good news is that Jaguar’s all-wheel-drive system biases torque to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions for more dynamic handling. As conditions dictate, up to 50 percent of the available torque can be sent to the front wheels.