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Jaguar's off-road intentions

26 April 2005

What Car? has discovered Jaguar is developing a new off-road-style crossover car to challenge the likes of Volvo's XC90.

Jaguar's RD-6 concept gives clues to new crossover

Jaguar is developing a new off-road-style crossover car to challenge the likes of Volvo's XC90.

Land Rover revealed its sister company Jaguar’s plans at the launch of the Range Rover Sport. A well placed insider said a crossover from Land Rover was not on the cards as it would tread on the toes of models already in the pipeline from Jaguar.

While the new four-wheel-drive Jaguar will stop short of becoming the company’s first fully blown off-roader, it will certainly move the brand in this direction. Expect it to combine the look of a 4x4 with the practicality of an MPV and the driving experience of a conventional road-going car. The production car is likely to borrow some styling cues from the RD-6 concept car (pictured).

There is no official word on when the crossover car might appear, but it could be on sale by the end of next year. With X-type sales flagging in the US, the new Jaguar could cash in on American buyers’ appetite for sporty crossover models.

BMW is also readying a crossover estate/MPV, which uses the four-wheel-drive underpinnings from the next-generation X5 off-roader.

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