Jaguar's growth depends on tapping high-volume segments like crossovers and SUVs. A luxury crossover like the 2016 Jaguar XQ seems like an obvious way to get there.
Lightweight chassis; fast and fuel-efficient turbocharged base engine; incomparable Jag style.
Aluminum-intensive construction could push starting price beyond competitors; Jag has never built a crossover before.
The 2016 Jaguar XQ is an all-new model.
After buying the brand from Ford, Jaguar's new owners have wasted no time revitalizing the iconic British marque. While reinforcing its traditional position in high-end luxury, the automaker has rolled out new classics like the XK and XF sedans and aimed at Porsche's sport coupe dominance with the new F-Type. Now with the 2016 Jaguar XQ, the brand turns its attention to the popular luxury crossover market.
Previewed in the Jaguar C-X17 concept, the XQ will square up against smaller crossovers like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. Jaguar hasn't confirmed the SUV for production, but we expect the XQ to materialize with a new aluminum platform that will find its way under every new model, starting with the forthcoming XS compact sedan and eventually the next XJ and XF replacement.
This new lightweight platform is flexible and modular enough to accommodate a midsize crossover. This would help the Jag with fuel economy, although the construction and materials costs could price the XQ above its competitors. Jaguar hopes economies of scale keep production costs low on the new aluminum architecture.
Expect a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the base engine and a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 option. An eight-speed transmission is almost a given, as is optional all-wheel drive. The C-X17 concept even touted torque-vectoring braking technology and a double-wishbone front suspension intended to emphasize the crossover's sporting credentials.
Look for Jaguar to launch its compact sport sedan first in 2014, and the XQ to follow about a year later. Check back for more information on the 2016 Jaguar XQ, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
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