Jaguar 2015: Automaker to Add Compact Sedan and Crossover to Future Lineup

Jaguar's current lineup may be relatively small, but that could change by 2015. By then, Jaguar showrooms may not only include the F-Type, but possibly an entry-level sedan, a crossover to take on the Audi Q5, and much more.

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Since the X-Type departed from the U.S. lineup in the 2008 model year, Jaguar hasn’t had player in the highly competitivecompact luxury sedan segment. Expect a new baby Jag to reappear in showrooms by 2015, with the possibility of a coupe and wagon version to follow a year later, though don’t expect the U.S. return of an X-Type wagon. No word on whether the compact Jaguar will ride on a front- or rear-drive platform, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it were the former in an effort to keep costs down and meet upcoming CAFE standards.

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An all-new flagship XJ sedan should arrive in 2017. Rumors suggest that Jaguar will produce a coupe-like four-door variant to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLS, although such a Jaguar will likely be compared to the next-gen S-Class, which is also said to get a coupe-like four-door. A more suitable CLS fighter, then, would be an XF. The redesigned sedan is expected by 2014 or 2015 with a coupe arriving a year or two later. Like the XJ, the XF should make heavy use of aluminum to keep weight down. We’ve already seen photos of the upcoming XF wagon; with a coupe on the way, the new Jaguar could boast a full lineup like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.  The XK coupe and convertible will be replaced in 2014 and production of the C-X75 supercar should begin sometime next year.

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The long-rumored Jaguar crossover is still on the table and should launch sometime in 2015 or 2016. We expect the all-wheel-drive Jag to get a number of powertrain options, including four-cylinder gas and diesel engines, as well as a version of the new supercharged V-6 slated for the 2013 XF and XJ.

The Jag crossover should be similar in size to the Audi Q5, leaving the bigger SUV options to its British counterpart Land Rover. Land Rover is also revamping its lineup. In addition to an all-new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the automaker might make a smaller and less expensive variant of the upcoming Defender (in calendar-year 2015) to compete with the Mini Countryman. Land Rover is still deciding whether it will sell the next-generation Defender in the U.S.  Also up in the air is a top-down version of the small and sleek Evoque. Land Rover unveiled the Evoque convertible concept (shown above) earlier this year.

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