Early this year, Jaguar filed a trademark application for the name “XQ” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, hinting that its crossover model is on the way.
Though the British automaker hasn’t confirmed that a crossover is in the works, the Jaguar Land Rover has been hinting at entering higher-volume segments to help boost its sales. And since Land Rover has the SUV market taken care of, Jaguar would be a perfect brand to take on the crossover segment.
As for platforms, the XQ could be built on a larger variant of the new platform being developed for the 2015 Jaguar XS. That platform would allow the use of a rear-wheel-drive platform to incorporate all-wheel drive. More likely however is the use of the new all-aluminum D7u platform that underpins the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
The crossover will follow the 2015 Jaguar XS as a 2016 model, so now it’s just a matter of waiting to see what Jaguar has up its sleeves for the crossover segment.
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