Jaguar needs BMW 3 Series rival

* Executive saloon needed more than SUV * Aluminium construction, rear- and four-wheel drive * Estate, coupe and cabriolet versions expected...

Jaguar needs BMW 3 Series rival

Jaguar needs a BMW 3 Series-rivalling small saloon sooner than a new SUV, company boss Adrian Hallmark has told What Car?.

Hallmark said: 'A crossover is not a priority from an economic point of view, the global saloon market is still bigger.'

The company's US dealers are thought to be keen on an entry-level Jaguar to boost sales and attract new customers to the brand. Such a car would also make the company far more attractive to executive-car buyers in Europe.

Like all future Jaguar saloons, the 3 Series rival is likely to be constructed from aluminium, and be available in both rear- and four-wheel-drive variants.

It is also likely to spawn a family of new models to ape BMW's line-up, including a small estate, coupe and cabriolet.

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By Chas Hallett