Jaguar confirms new crossover SUV

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Jaguar confirms new crossover SUV

In a move that will shock traditional Jaguar owners, the British marque has confirmed that it will be creating a funky crossover that will be aimed at young, affluent families.

Sources close to Autocar revealed that they had seen the new car at customer clinics held in the Midlands and have described the crossover as "stunning" and "unlike anything Jaguar has ever done before".

The weekly car magazine claims that the upcoming crossover will be a conventional five-door hatchback but with bold and impressive coupe styling similar to the Infiniti FX and once ground-breaking Porsche Cayenne.

Rumours also suggest that the SUV could be badged XQ and based on the same platform as Jaguar's other exciting upcoming model – a rival to the BMW 3-Series. Both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive are said to be in the pipeline with power coming from Jaguar's brand new four-cylinder 'Hotfire' engines that aim to drag CO2 levels down to the lowest level in its class.

More powerful four-cylinder diesel units and range-topping V6 petrol and diesel will also likely feature in the line-up. Also, the new PLA platform that will underpin a raft of new models from the premium manufacturer will be lighter than anything produced before, further increasing performance and fuel economy.

The striking SUV model is due to hit showrooms some time in 2016 and is likely to be produced at the company's Solihull site, which will be the first to use the new PLA platform.

The plant in Castle Bromwich will then follow suit, just in time for eagerly awaited new XJ and XF models to launch.