Jaguar has moved its Range Rover Evoque-bodied tests of the production C-X17 Concept from icy streets to the legendary Nürburgring, as work continues on the brand's first SUV.
As Jaguar prepares to introduce its first-ever utility vehicle, our spy shooters have captured this jacked-up XF mule out testing. While a production Jaguar crossover will surely resemble something closer to the recent C-X17 Concept, we can't help but think that the automaker could sell at least a few of these lifted, four-wheel-drive sedans.
Porsche's heart lives in the rear end of the 911. The heart of Mercedes-Benz resides more in the brand values of the Three-Pointed Star than any one model. Mini is defined by petite packages wrapped in giant amounts of sass. Since the end of the Series III XJ in 1992, however, what has represented the unique and irreducible definition of Jaguar?
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?