Jaguar's long-rumored crossover won't be built on the same platform as the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, says the Australian site Car Advice. The future of the new CUV remains uncertain, but if Jaguar does dip its toes into the SUV/crossover pool, though, the new vehicle will likely be a car-based soft roader, lacking (or perhaps more appropriately, not needing) the off-road-engineered chops inherent in Land Rover's small CUV platform.

Jaguar product planner Steven De Ploey explained to Car Advice, "There's many groups around the world [platform sharing] - obviously Volkswagen Group is doing it all the time - but I think we have to be careful. He added, "Jaguar is something quite different... It's about capability, but very much on-road focused capability." That seems to gel with our suspicions that the XQ, as it's expected to be called, will share its platform with an upcoming small Jaguar sedan, the oft-rumored X-Type successor.

Still, we'd recommend taking any mention of a Jaguar crossover with a grain of salt. Based on many of the (quite compelling) statements made by De Ploey against a Jag crossover and previous statements made by Jag's design boss, Ian Callum, the case against a leaper-bearing crossover seems strong. If a high-rider were to arrive from Jaguar, though, the article insinuates that it'd be more in line with the BMW X6 or upcoming X4 - sort of a coupe-based crossover. Like we said, grain of salt. If a Jag crossover is going to arrive soon, the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show is the most likely locale for its debut. We'll find out in a few weeks.

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      Fat man
      • 1 Year Ago
      To me this is good news.........leave the off roading for range rover (even though most customer will never utilize it).......give the jag SUV that sporty nature.......jag has a nice range of engine too so......can't wait to see it seeing how jag's design have come along
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should just not build a crossover, they're Jaguar for the love of God.
        • 1 Year Ago
        The same thing was told when Porsche built the Cayenne. Guess what? they sell more of those than anything else.
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as it's sexy and brings the company cash- I think it's great. I'll be anxiously awaiting the X-Type successor. The X-Type Sport was a really nice car but unfortunately suffered from overly negative press. Jaaag shouldn't have given up on it by allowing such a long break... I mean, look at the 1st, 2nd & 3rd-Gen Infiniti G20/G37... Incredible progress over 15 years.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can see them wanting to compete with the smaller CUV offerings from MB, BMW, and Porsche. These vehicles never go off-road. But I'd prefer an XF sport brake, er station wagon. I just don't see a CUV fitting within Jaguar's brand. Just my opinion.
      • 1 Year Ago
      i cant see the point of this new Jaguar then?
      • 1 Year Ago
      with on board halon systems...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Or Jag can bring their station wagon to the States, add 4 more inches of ride height and 1000lbs heavier.... Boom, CUV
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is someone implying here that the Evoque is a real offroader? Why?
        • 1 Year Ago
        Despite the fact that most Evoque owners will never go off-road, the chassis and drivetrain are actually very capable in the thick. You can check one out for yourself at the Fairmont Le Ch√Ęteau Montebello Land Rover Experience in the Canadian wilderness. You'll find it's an excellent off-roader.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whoever's running Jag right now isn't right in the head. The main reason they're building an SUV/CUV is to cash in on that particular trend, but they need to maximize profits in order to cash in because volume will be relatively low. What's the best way of maximizing profits in such an endeavor? Why, by utilizing an existing platform of course. And guess what? It just so happens that a fine purveyor of SUVs/CUVs is owned by the same company as Jag AND has a ready-made platform (or two) available. So, thanks to economies of scale, not only would basing a Jag crossover on a Land Rover benefit Jag, it will also benefit LR, which benefits Tata. Personally, I hope they just add slightly jacked up AWD estate wagon models to every range and call it good.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who knows, if it's good looking it might give the Porsche and Bimmer CUVs a run for the money. Then Jaguar could afford to build the C-X75. With the Bladon micro-turbines. Just dreaming.
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