With the X-Type standing as a rare exception, for the entirety of its history, Jaguar has meant rear-wheel drive. Want drive at all four corners? That's what its sister brand, Land Rover, has been for. But not everyone who wants luxury with foul weather prowess wants an SUV. In fact, a growing number of luxury sedan buyers look for power channeled to all four wheels, and Jaguar apparently thinks it can no longer afford to sit by and watch those buyers go to the likes of Audi (with its iconic Quattro models), BMW (with its xDrive offerings) and Mercedes-Benz (which offers 4Matic on several models).

As a result, a new story from Autocar indicates that Jaguar is preparing to launch all-wheel drive versions of the XF and /or XJ sedans. The move is targeted specifically at "the snowbelt of America," where Jaguar reportedly believes all-wheel-drive vehicles account for some 70 percent of sales.

The development of an all-wheel drive system is likely being conducted in conjunction with Land Rover, and is expected to arrive within the next two years. The project is being given a higher priority than the development of hybrid propulsion, since Jaguar estimates that its buyers are more willing to pony up for an extra set of driving wheels than a battery pack and a pair of electric motors.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a great idea, and it will definitely widen the appeal of its cars in areas where weather is a bit more unpredictable. It may even add some nice performance benefits if done properly!
      • 3 Years Ago
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        Since the majority of the luxury market is comprised of RWD cars, I'm pretty sure AWD has been about traction, not power delivery. If it were about power, then why is it that almost none of the highest-performing luxury cars offer AWD? Folks who live under the threat of snow or ice for half the year want to be able to get around with minimal effort or without having to have a second vehicle. Also, most of the new cars only lose about 1 MPG combined when fitted with AWD as opposed to RWD. or even FWD. They've come a long way already.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I appreciate a nice AWD system on most vehicles, but not Jaguar. Jaguar, instead, should work on bringing back the E-Type as a 911 competitor and should make its XK lighter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I sort of agree with you but the AWD system in the X-Type has a 40/60 F/RWD bias and it's nice. Turning off the traction control in the winter makes for cornering fun. I think if it was that or a 30/70 bias, I would be pretty happy with it... Perhaps a system that's adjustable? That could be good. 50/50 AWD (ie- No sliding fun) would be DOA for me. Personally, living in a climate that has snow, RWD-only rules out a Jaaaaag as a daily driver for me. Either AWD or having the most epic RWD traction control available would be a must.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wasn't the Jaquar S-Type of the mid 2000's awd? I swear the S-Type R 390hp supercharged V8 was awd. I am almost 100% positive. So yes, I'm pretty sure jaguar had awd as little as 5 years ago.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good move. Can't find a used Mercedes or BMW that isn't 4 wheel drive in Canada
      • 3 Years Ago
      makes a lot of sense. Virtually every MB or BMW sedan I see in Connecticut is all wheel drive these days, 4Matic or XDrive. I really think lack of all wheel drive holds back sales for luxury cars.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        The same was true in Maryland while I lived there. And you can add Infiniti and Lexus to that list as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      make sure the 2013 XFR is rwd, only base models can get awd just like the cadillac cts even though awd and fwd are the safest drivelines
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