Report: Jaguar’s new SUV will get an aluminum body

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 27, 2011

Jaguar is taking on the very challenging task of introducing 40 new cars, variant and technologies in the near future. Jaguar is at its busiest periods as one of its projects is a rival for the BMW 3-Series, which will be considerably different from the old X-Type. It is also working on the production version of the C-X75 concept.

Top Gear magazine has sources that say that Jaguar will be using a very light and highly advanced aluminum body for this SUV/crossover, which will be fuel-efficient.

The crossover is set to be launched after about four years. It will be built using an aluminum body that is 200-300 kg (441-661 lbs) lighter than a conventional steel body. In addition, this model will be built on an aluminum chassis.

With these elements alone, it makes it very likely that this would be one of the lightest crossovers on the market. A variety of fuel-efficient engines will be offered.

The diesel options include the new 2.2-liter diesel and a 3.0-liter V6 that have two varying power ratings that would make it competitive against BMW and Mercedes.

The petrol options include a new 3.7-liter V6 or turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the Range Rover Evoque. The engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission as well as an all-wheel drive system.

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