British luxury car marques Jaguar and Land Rover are wary of stepping onto each others’ shoes, so much so that Ralph Speth,the CEO of Jaguar-Land Rover announcing that the upcoming, C-X17 code-named Jaguar will not be sold as an SUV, but will instead be a crossover. Now, Jaguar has earned its spurs by selling luxury and sportscars while Land Rover has always been associated with SUVs, both tough-as-nails kinds and the luxury kinds. The Jaguar C-X17 is a crossover that is road oriented and that will mark the automaker’s foray into the lucrative luxury crossover segments, with a 2016 launch on the cards.
Ralph Speth, talking to AutocarUK, made the following observations about the 2016 Jaguar C-X17 luxury crossover,
A Jaguar SUV is not possible,” said Speth. “SUVs and 4x4s are for Land Rover. The Jaguar concept is far more road-orientated. It will need a different kind of name
The C-X17 crossover is based on Jaguar’s new, aluminium intensive iQ[AL] platform. The crossover will share its underpinnings with the upcoming XE luxury sedan, and will also share engines and transmissions. The crossover will use a new range of 4 cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines from the Ingenium range. These all-aluminium motors offer turbocharging and direct injection as standard fare, while their displacements are restricted to 2 liters in order to maintain a tight leash on tail pipe emissions and fuel consumption.
The Audi Q5, the BMW X3, the Volvo XC60 and the upcoming Mercedes Benz GLC luxury crossovers will be the competitors of the new Jaguar C-X17. Once the crossover crosses the bridge from concept to production, it is likely to arrive into India as well. SUVs and crossovers are preferred in India’s luxury segment, given these vehicles’ better ability of negotiating Indian roads. Local assembly of the Jaguar C-X17 in India is likely given the fact that the British luxury car maker has similar plans for the crossover’s platform mate, in this case the XE sedan.