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.