War in premium compact sports utility vehicle segment begins in Frankfurt

Article by Anita Panait, on September 15, 2013

The premium compact sports utility vehicle segment could not get any more exciting and more competitive as luxury carmakers Jaguar and Lexus unveiled their latest offerings at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The British carmaker Jaguar unveiled at the show the C-X17 Concept, which is expected to provide a glimpse to an offering that targets the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

Once the C-X17 Concept transforms into a production model, Jaguar will have its first entry in the luxury SUV segment. On the other hand, the Lexus LF-NX Concept provides a preview of an SUV offering that will target the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Lexus has yet to bring in an entry in the premium compact SUV class.

The Audi Q3 was regarded as the best-selling premium compact SUV in Europe in the first half of 2013. It is followed by the BMW X1, X3 and Q5 as well as the Range Rover Evoque. 

Mercedes-Benz also unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show its GLA model that is also targeted against the X1 and Q3. The GLA will be Mercedes’ second entry in the segment after the GLK, which was seventh in European sales in the first half of 2013. The premium SUV class accounted for 213,886 sales in Europe in the first half of 2013 and is expected to post strong gains in 2014 and beyond.

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