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pcread
03-16-2005, 03:34 AM
<I>'Jaguar is poised to give the green light to a shock new high-roof 'crossover' 4x4 that could replace the X-type' - that's how Autocar's world exclusive scoop opens this week. Following in the tracks of Mercedes' R-class and BMW's recently-announced 'SFC' vehicle, this new breed of Jag will combine 'the utility of an MPV with four-wheel-drive and the slick lines of an upmarket estate.' It could be on sale as early as 2007 - and you can read about it this week.<p>'US dealers are crying out for some kind of crossover,' explains news editor Hilton Holloway, 'but it won't be forced on the marque. For once, it is perfectly placed to meet market trends, having the components at its disposal to create a spacious, luxurious high-roof four-wheel-drive vehicle - with up to seven seats.'<br></I><br><A HREF="http://www.autocar.co.uk/news_article.asp?na_id=214292" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocar.co.uk/news_...14292</A><p>Looks suspiciously like the images posted by Autocar last year in their special about Jag's future. But if it's true, it's good news indeed.

bucket
03-16-2005, 05:43 AM
this car better be something special, as it already has two strikes against it.<p>1. it's late to the crossover game<br>2. its predecessor was a rebadged ford mondeo<p>hopefully jag can pull it off and volvo will no longer be the only PAG line making money.

bolita
03-16-2005, 07:22 AM
This concept may just work for Jaguar.<p>If the styling is good enough and exclusive enough IMO

Charger
03-16-2005, 01:50 PM
The pic of the X type is a chop of the ford concept<br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/3348720.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>source: autoweek.nl<p>and I think it looks betters as a Jag.

JBlair
03-16-2005, 01:53 PM
The sketch, however, appears to be genuine. Looks like Jag is considering a crossover folks.

pcread
03-16-2005, 02:05 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JBlair</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The sketch, however, appears to be genuine. Looks like Jag is considering a crossover folks.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The sketch was in Autocar late October last year. ( <A HREF="http://www.autocar.co.uk/popups/gallery.asp?NA=211643" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocar.co.uk/popup...11643</A> ) and it does bear a remarkable resemblance to an ALC crossed with the Ford SAV. Weird. The teardrop rear lights, the name on a strip, the 'U' in the rear bumper. <p>That was drawn by someone who had seen the ALC. And Autocar had it over 2 months before NAIAS. Kudos. Makes me look at the other pics in a whole new light. Especially the gold one. My favourite of the lot.

pcread
03-21-2005, 03:46 AM
Autocar have put more of the magazine article online: <br><A HREF="http://www.autocar.co.uk/news_article.asp?na_id=214333" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocar.co.uk/news_...14333</A><br>a snippet:<br><I>At the moment, the effort going into the last stages of the new XK programme and the all-new S-type means that Jaguars engineers have their hands full. But the urgent need to enter this new market niche and the vast engineering effort being expended by other members of the Ford family means that the Jaguar crossover project could be completed much more quickly than normal. Much of the development work on the various modules (such as the four-wheel-drive system) is already underway, if not already complete.<p>Despite all this, Autocar has uncovered evidence that Jaguar has had an eye on the crossover market for some time. A Lexus RX300 was photographed last year entering Jaguars research and development centre (left) and shows signs of carrying test equipment (note the sensor strapped to the roof). The RX300 is generally regarded as one of the first crossovers, as it combined a car chassis (its based on a Toyota Camry) with four-wheel drive, chunky styling and raised seating position.</I>

LSS_C6
03-22-2005, 04:34 AM
The X-Type is a jaguar that needs more emotion and a more agressive strategy to have a better comercial perfomance...let`s see how jaguar is going to understand this.