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Jaguar Plans Bolder New Look


Just the Facts:
  • Car shoppers should expect a new Jaguar look to debut in 2017.
  • The upcoming Jaguar XF, which may debut for the 2016 model year, is on track to get a fuel-saving lightweight aluminum body structure.
  • A Jaguar crossover vehicle is still under consideration, but no small Jaguar is in the pipeline — for now.

LONDON — Car shoppers should expect a new Jaguar look to debut in 2017.

As Jaguar tinkers with its styling, buyers should anticipate that the rectangular grille developed for the current sedans will remain, "but everything else will change," said company insiders.

The next Jaguar XJ "will be a bit of a jolt, but will work for people," said a highly placed source.

The upcoming Jaguar XF, which may debut for the 2016 model year, is on track to get a fuel-saving lightweight aluminum body structure. The 2014 XF is steel-bodied. The XF may be the exception in the future-product portfolio, since it will get evolutionary styling.

Jaguar this month grabbed headlines with the debut of the 2016 Jaguar XE compact premium sedan.

The XE will arrive at U.S. Jaguar dealerships sometime in 2016.

It's also possible that the brand will introduce another new "white-space" model range and will also have decided how it will replace the GT-class XK coupe and convertible that have recently gone out of production.

A Jaguar crossover vehicle is still under consideration, but no small Jaguar is in the pipeline — for now.

The Jaguar C-X17 crossover, revealed as a concept model, remains under "close consideration," although it has not been given the green light. If approved, the Jaguar premium crossover will feature an aluminum body and an engine range shared with the new Jaguar XE.

In the longer term, Jaguar's advanced design and engineering departments have also explored the possibility of a smaller model that would sit beneath the XE and compete with the Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

However, insiders reveal that this plan has been abandoned, for the moment at least, because rear-drive hardware is not compatible with a body this small. Although Jaguar Land Rover makes a front-wheel-drive model in the form of the Range Rover Evoque (which is also four-wheel drive) its hardware is too costly for the market Jaguar wants to enter.

But if fast-growing Land Rover decides to offer a smaller model, that may provide the opportunity for Jaguar to offer a new entry-level model. With the economies of scale achieved by sharing inner hardware across both models, profit potential would be improved.

Edmunds says: A gradually reviving Jaguar is planning more models and bolder design as it attempts to become a serious alternative to BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

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