• Sep 30, 2009
2003 Jaguar R-D6 Concept

We're not exactly sure when this trend will end, but it now looks like Jaguar is preparing to join the five-door coupe club. Inside Line is reporting that a compact hatch, similar to Audi's new A5 Sportback, is in the works. An evolution of the R-D6 concept first shown back way in 2003, it is being called the RD7, and will feature rear suicide doors and an E-Type aping side-hinged rear hatch. Now that's one heritage element that would definitely look cool, but might not be too practical – we'll have to reserve judgment until we see the final product.

As Jaguar's X-Type is finally being phased out overseas, the logic is that the Gaydon firm needs an entry-level model to compete in the compact premium segment. Apparently Jag is considering both a three-door and a five-door version of this X-Type replacement, which would most likely be built on a slimmed down XF platform. Power is rumored to come from a 2.7-liter diesel V6.

Whatever the final form of the RD7, we'll have to wait a while to see it in showrooms. Next up for Jaguar is the spiritual successor to the XK-E, which is expected some time in 2011, the 50th anniversary of the original E-Type. Cash coming in from the popular XF and the recently revealed full-size XJ might help speed things up a bit, too.


[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      who did this!!!?
      :Q
      • 5 Years Ago
      Blegh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I second that...though it does bring a song to mind...my humps, my humps...

        Plus, coupe? Shooting brake, hatchback maybe. It's closer to station wagon than coupe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is probably my favorite concept car in a long, long time... (excepting the recent Audi A7 study that wasn't even done by Audi) I'm all for a premium, rear wheel drive, performance oriented shooting brake style sports car- especially if they have the balls to actually produce it with suicide doors. Though in form it may be similar to an A3, the A3 is a snoozer to look at. This has the sex appeal that a Jag should have. I dig it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would you want or expect the trend to end. It's a logical design direction. Why design a car the put a "trunk" on the ass? A separate box with the aperture restricted by a fixed piece of glass? NO! This is the way of the future people. This and diesel engine in the USA. Way to think out side your grandpa's leSabre.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that's ugly. Perfect for Europe though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that looks HOT. Who said that fuel efficient cars need to be ugly and boring?
        • 5 Years Ago
        you are all nuts, wagons, 5-door coupes, whatever they want to call them are awesome. Great aerodynamics, good weight balance, excellent interior capacity. I could go on for days. The best car I ever owned was a Subaru Legacy GT wagon and I am saving up for a Mazda Speed3. Fun to drive, great every day utility.

        The Jaguar RD6 was a gorgeous concept and I think it could make for an excellent competitor in the entry segment as it will have a distinctiveness that the other luxury marques won't have at the table. Sadly with just a diesel v6 as an engine option, I doubt it'll come state-side but i'll be sending my letters of interest to Jaguar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lmfaooo
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jaguar
        • 5 Years Ago
        The fact that you just called a station wagon beautiful deserves a slap across your face. People! Don't be fooled by the Germans!!! Five doors equals stationwagon!!! Ooooogly!
        • 5 Years Ago
        go to Insideline Website and check out the front of the car....

        LOL !!!! freaking ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This abomination is not only an assault on my aesthetic sense, it is an open-handed slap to the face of Jaguar's storied and iconic past. The luxury Yaris field is crowded with plenty of German cars that can get away with utility because no one expects style from the place that invented lederhosen, but the Brits are expected to show some Saville Row panache and a bit of class.

      Frankly, the XF and new XJ are also totally antithetical to the Jaguar ethos, and I'm not a bit surprised that Indian ownership has lead to a focus on outrageously overstylized pseudo-luxury opulance. The pre-facelift version of the last generation XJ was in every sense a proper and respectable Jaguar. Now instead of the stately and refined choice for the discerning premium buyer, Jaguar will be content to prance about like a Dior model wearing a $10,000 pair of hideous rhinestone encrusted jeans that will fall apart at the seams in two years, exactly one year after they are completely outdated and anachronistic in design.

      What a shameful display.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The XKR is a recent example of a Jag done right. Sleek roof, modern looking without looking trendy. But still too much wood and tire-sidewall for my taste. Just personal pref on that point though. But the XJ series is exactly what im talking about. What started as a modern design stagnated for the next 35 years. The people who love those cars are the ones opposed to Jag doing something modern.
        • 5 Years Ago
        >>it is an open-handed slap to the face of Jaguar's storied and iconic past.

        Jag has been slapping herself in the face since the 80s. Jags of the 60s were futuristic and sleek. Somewhere along the way they became stuffy British cars focused on looking old. Pack the interior with wood, who cares about handling, use high profile tires that look like they belong on a truck, and add 3 layers of chrome stripping around each window. Jag is finally getting back to what made Jag great. Performance luxury cars with British styling that look sleek and fast.... not old and stuffy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not sure I'd call the outgoing XKR "stuffy," nor the XJR or Super V8. I'd call them elegant, classically-styled cars with tremendous performance potential and lavish interior appointments. Not everyone in the M5 and S6 market wants to sit on a rock of a seat and stare at ten square feet of black rubberized plastic. You need to read some reviews or drive one of these cars before you go shooting your metaphorical mouth off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For those eccentrically minded enthusiasts romantically attached to pocket watch toting, tweed wearing Jag, buy an old Jag, shine it up, pour your self a pint of warm beer and admire your classic car. The reality is that Jag needs to sell cars to survive, and most people don't want to drive a grandfather clock like James May did in a TG episode a few seasons back. Rehashing old design language, getting lost in ones own passed glories, and adding an ipod dock, does not a good car make.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that 2003 concept looked very british. i doubt the new version will look anything like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      we need to come up with a new word to replace what used to be a coupe....i suggest due porte...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh. Where's the tail of the car?

      Once upon a time, Jaguar made a handsome car.

      This isn't it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah, I see. A dig a Mazda for aping their design.

      Ah, but Jaguar, you sillies, you weren't using it.

      And can you ever use it again, in updated form, without being accused of aping the RX-8?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish all automotive publications would simply ban the terms "four-door coupe" and "five-door coupe". No matter what an automotive manufacturer calls their car, the rags would just say "No!"
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