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More Details: Jag's Crossover

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On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 12:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

More Details: Jag's Crossover

Nearly every sports and luxury automaker either offers a crossover or is in the process of developing one, no matter how loudly purists doth protest. It's just a fact of the modern automotive market; an unfortunate fact, but a fact just the same.

You might have thought that Jaguar would be one of the few luxury automakers that lay off the crossover craze, because of its affiliation with Land Rover. You know, because crossovers and SUVs are kind of Land Rover's thing. It's only thing. But, that hasn't deterred Jaguar from developing a crossover all its own.

Unlike Land Rovers, which feature a mix of steel and aluminum body construction, Jaguar will be saving weight by going all aluminum. It expects to cut about 450 to 650 lbs. off the total weight of its SUVs, thanks to the aluminum construction and accompanying lighter powertrain and brake systems.

The crossover will get four-wheel drive. Jaguar is currently developing a 4WD system for use in the XJ to help it compete with other European luxury cars, so it will simply utilize that system for the crossover as well.

Engine-wise, the Jaguar CUV will get a mix of gas, diesel, and possibly hybrid options. Shifting will be handled by an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you're still wondering why Jaguar is developing a crossover, it's to help rake in development money to be distributed around the rest of its line. You see, Jaguar has ambitious expansion plans for the next few years, which include a new coupe and a small sedan. And, in order to pay for the development of an all-new rear-wheel platform that will be necessary for those cars, Jaguar is looking to a crossover to help increase its annual sales some fourfold to 200,000 units per year.

The Jag crossover is expected for 2015 or so.


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