Conventional wisdom – ignoring for a moment that conventional wisdom would seemingly dictate that such a vehicle wouldn't exist at all – tells us that Jaguar cannot afford to develop a brand new platform for a crossover vehicle. And why would they? After all, corporate kissing cousin Land Rover specializes in utility vehicles and just introduced its first CUV, the Evoque. Just base the Jag on the Rover... open and shut, right?

According to a report from Top Gear in the UK, wrong.

The blokes from across the pond say that Jaguar is hard at work on a new aluminum-intensive platform for a planned two-seat roadster and coupe, which will be joined shortly thereafter by a small premium hatchback. We concur that all those are likely. But, breaking from previous rumors, TG seems to think that Jaguar will use that same rear-wheel-drive architecture for its crossover.

If true, expect an all-aluminum body (as seen on the current XK and XJ) for light weight and a range of gasoline and, at least in Europe, diesel engines. All-wheel drive would undoubtedly be an option, but don't expect even a modicum of off-road intent. So, will it happen? Our Magic 8 Ball is a bit murky...

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yuuck, is there no end to these blasted crossovers? And every manufacturer feels they have to make one to tap some apparently infinite pot of profits?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The end will come when the next generation of successful parents see crossovers as uncool mom-mobiles, and move to a different body style so they don't live up to their intense fear of becoming their mothers. It happened to minivans, and it sort of happened to SUVs (though that was also partially an efficiency thing.) I'm hoping for a station wagon comeback myself, seems like it could work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is actually great news! I was afraid Jag was going to simply rebadge the Evoque, which itself is basically an LR2 in Victoria Beckham clothing. BTW, the impression that Jag is doing this alone is in error. Jag is sharing it's aluminum construction technology with LR for the next Ranger Rover (which should lose about a 1000 lbs) and LR is helping develop the AWD system for the XJ.
      Alphonso Carioti
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, this will work out just fine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cheesy reality TV show stars will have a new chariot of choice, and thier idiot floowers will go bankrupt following suit. GBA!