Reports revealed that Jaguar has a pending application for the names Q-Type and XQ with the Patent and Trademark Office of the European Union. Jaguar has not officially responded to the reports but sources say that either one of these nameplates (or maybe even both) will be applied for a premium crossover that will be competing against the BMW X1 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
Very few details are available as the crossover is still at a very early stage of development. According to Website Piston Heads, this vehicle may use the underpinnings of the Range Rover Evoque or it could be built on a new chassis that will also be used by Jaguar's upcoming 3-Series-fighting compact sedan.
As the Q-Type is targeted at the smaller end of the crossover segment, majority of the models will be available with a variety of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines with a displacement of around two liters. It’s also possible that there will be a top-of-the-line V6-powered version offered. Jaguar may even offer a gasoline-electric hybrid later in the production run.
Jaguar has yet to confirm if it’s working on a crossover but in Australia's Drive magazine’s interview with Steven de Ploey, the automaker's marketing director, it was disclosed that Jaguar will benefit as it will expand its presence in major markets worldwide. He added that a third of the global market is composed of crossovers. It’s also the one segment that is expanding all over the planet in all of the primary regions. It’s possible that Jaguar will introduce its first crossover in a major auto show within the next few years.