Many of you folks know that the Bentley SUV already received the green light for production, while the Lamborghini SUV will arrive in 2017. These moves made by the Volkswagen Group and the sales registered by SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne are pressing other carmakers to enter this segment. The latest carmaker set to enter the SUV segment is Rolls-Royce.
According to Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, the British carmaker owned by Bmw Group is intensively thinking about entering the SUV segment. If we will see an SUV from Rolls-Royces, this will definitely cost more than the Bentley SUV, which would be priced at around 180,000 euros ($240,000). The cheapest car currently found on the Rolls-Royce lineup is the Ghost and costs about 250,000 euros.
Still, Rolls-Royce is not the only manufacturer which is entering the SUV market, as Maserati will introduce the Levante in 2015, while Jaguar showed the C-X17 Concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Rolls-Royce CEO Mueller-Oetvoes also admitted that the SUV segment is very interesting and it has been incredibly stable during the crisis.
The very first vehicle that will be underpinned by Jaguar’s new iQ[Al] architecture will be a premium sedan that will compete in the C/D segment. Set to be the first aluminum monocoque product in the segment, this new premium sedan will be sold around the world starting 2015.
The new vehicles underpinned by the iQ[Al] platform will be powered by a lineup of engines with varying capacities and output, but all of them are able to deliver great performance and boasts of the latest fuel-efficient technologies. The lineup will include the new high-output petrol and diesel engines set to be produced at Jaguar Land Rover's new engine site in the United Kingdom. The lineup will also include a V6 petrol engine that powers the F-Type, allowing the Jaguar vehicles– with its lightweight architecture – to lead their class in terms of specific power output. Thanks to these specs, Jaguar should be able to offer different vehicle varieties that offer incredible performance, with top speeds of more than 300 km/h (186 mph) and carbon dioxide emissions level of 100 grams per kilometer.
Greatly exemplifying the diversity of vehicles that could be underpinned by the new iQ[Al] architecture is the Jaguar C-X17 four-seater sports crossover concept. It features a sporty design marked by sleek lines, modern luxury, improved levels of flexibility as well as an assured driving position. With Jaguar’s Director of Design Ian Callum overseeing the design process for the C-X17, it is undeniable that the concept – with its proportions, form and lines – is a true Jaguar.
Jaguar gave the new C-X17 the ability to offer sedan car-like handling and refined on-road dynamics, as made possible by its low height and optimal center of gravity, as well as by the employment of state-of-the-art technologies like Torque Vectoring by Braking. This technology allows the C-X17 to cleverly employ its brake system for balancing the distribution of torque to the wheels when tackling a corner, thereby reducing understeer while maximizing grip.