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...