Each future Jaguar will get an all-wheel drive version

Article by Christian A., on December 4, 2012

Global brand director Adrian Hallmark said that each future Jaguar will be built with all-wheel drive capability integrated into the architecture. Hallmark attended the launch of the XF and XJ 3.0 V6 all-wheel drive models, which is Jaguar's first. He said that all models will benefit from having this option available.

Before now, the XF and XJ had only ever been engineered as rear-wheel drive cars. However, Jaguar decided to take action on the market demands for all-wheel drive cars from the US snow belt states and Canada in the development of the new 3.0-litre V6 engine. Because of the disparity between the engineering costs and the return on investment, there will not be another Jaguar engine that will be coupled with all-wheel drive technology.

This will also be why the all-wheel drive technology won’t be built engineered for right-hand drive and offered in the UK, a market that has a very low demand for V6 petrol saloon cars with all-wheel drive. However, Jaguar can plan and create an all-wheel drive technology right from the start for its future models. Hallmark said that for now, Jaguar will have to prioritize and so it can’t presently offer the full range of engines, models and drivetrains.

Each future Jaguar will have a sweeping line mirrored by a feature line that runs from the side vent. The sweeping line, together with a "lightcatcher" surface detailing that’s found above the car’s sill, will firmly establish a sense of speed. Also, this lightcatcher detailing enables the surface of the door to wrap around the car’s side and create a fuselage effect.

Moreover, the car’s second "heartline" will swell out, forming its muscular rear haunch before it dramatically sweeps around the rear. Its tail’s clean and sleek lines will be made possible partly by an active rear spoiler, which deploys at speed in order to lessen aerodynamic lift. When the F-Type reaches 60 miles per hour then lowers to fit flush as speed drops under 40 miles per hour, the spoiler will rise. Among other discreet aerodynamic aids are the front splitter and the sculpted rear valance.

Meanwhile, the car’s headlights will run vertically instead of horizontally, and this will lead the eye naturally up as well as along the fender crease. The Jaguar F-Type’s design language has been facilitated by technology. The car’s compact xenon unit will need only one projector, while its J-Blade LED running lights will emphasize the heartline’s design as it runs through the lamp.

In addition, the car’s grille will lean a bit forward so as to create a sense of motion when it is stationary. Also, the clamshell hood’s lower edge will form the side vent’s top portion, whereas the mesh for the grille as well as the side vents carries a hexagonal design, giving greater depth and form.

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