Jaguar C-X17 crossover will not be called an SUV - Report

09/12/2014 - 13:47 | ,   | Paranjay Dutt

Expected to be launched in 2016.

With a well-established brand like Land Rover, JLR won't really want to have an SUV that doesn't carry that iconic name. So what happens to the Jaguar C-X17 based crossover that's being tested at the moment and is slated for a 2016 launch, you may ask. Well, Jaguar's plans of bringing out the SUV are concrete, but all that's going to happen without an 'SUV' moniker.

Jaguar C-X17 front three quarters at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The C-X17 based SUV will be powered by Jaguar's new Ingenium lineup of engines.

JLR's chief Ralf Speth, in an interview with Autocar, has said that the upcoming Jaguar C-X17 based production vehicle will not be an SUV. It will be "road-oriented", different from Land Rover's offerings but not a sports car either. All said and done, the crossover will be marketed under a different title and not an SUV.

To be powered by Jaguar's new Ingenium range of four cylinder engines (both petrol and diesel), the vehicle is based on the iQ platform that underpins the XE.

Jaguar C-X17 rear three quarters at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The crossover will be more road oriented, said JLR boss in an interview.

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It is expected to go on sale in 2016, and like the XE, it will be a volume oriented model. An earlier report suggests an expected base price of 33,000 pounds (an equivalent of about INR 32 lakh).

Competitors: BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes Benz GLC
Expected price: Around 33,000 pounds (around Rs 32 lakh)
Launch date: 2016 in Europe

[Source: Autocar]

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