The British firm surprises with a burly looking creature wheel drive: the Jaguar SUV. If you thought there were no more holes in the SUV segment, or thought their chances of ending growth in so-called mini SUV, you were wrong.
Logic suggests that measures of Jaguar SUV try tracing the three of the SUVs ‘premium’ most successful: the BMW X5, Mercedes ML, or even the Volkswagen Touareg (comparative BMW X5, Mercedes ML and Volkswagen Touareg). But the thinking minds of the British brand will choose to ‘sneak’ this new SUV in the gap, at least from his point of view-among compact SUVs and big guys I mentioned in the previous lines, ie around 4.7 meters in length. Within the luxury models on the market, the only one also chooses this strategy is the Range Rover Sport, with 4.78 meters. What a coincidence that Jaguar and Land Rover have a relationship so smooth! Right?
Of course, the platform of the SUV Jaguar alone will not be developed because of the high costs that would entail. We must find synergies. To make the project feasible you must read the following acronym: PLA or lightweight ‘premium’. This term refers to a new array that share several modular lightweight Jaguar models, much like what he did in his day with his Audi MLP or modular longitudinal platform, which extended from tourism as the Audi A4, to the powerful Audi Q7.
As for the design of new Jaguar SUV, the charge would be, of course, Ian Callum, which counts among its creations with the XK, XF and XJ. Its main stylistic features will be a generously sized hood and rear drop coupe style to give dynamism to the whole, adding, of course, a touch of elegance typical of the brand’s models. In this regard, XK lines are present in both the front and rear.
Its interior can hold up to five occupants, but probably there is an option of two individual seats in the rear seats to satisfy the most demanding customers. Jaguar also consider the possibility of offering a longer version of this model can accommodate a third row of seats.
For the mechanical new model will inherit some of the existing mechanical group, as the 2.0 turbo petrol with 240 bhp that equipped the Evoque and the three-liter turbodiesel with outputs of 211 and 256 hp, which equips the Range Rover Sport. Both engines will be associated to an eight-speed automatic ZF signed.
In principle, the Jaguar SUV ride a four-wheel drive system similar to that used by the Range Rover Sport, across center differential, but there is also the opportunity to communicate with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch riding the Evoque and Freelander. All will depend on the final weight of the assembly. What is clear is that this model is clearly focused on the road, so you can forget because of differential locks and reductive. Air suspension?? Since it is aimed at use offroad will opt for self-leveling rear suspension.
In 2014 will kick off this new venture of Jaguar. Then we will see if he can gain a foothold.