Jaguar currently has 20% of overall yearly sales of Jaguar Land Rover. New models that are planned to appear in a short period of time are meant to correct this ratio.
The British manufacturer plans to complement its model range with three relatively affordable compact cars designed to compete with such models as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. And this plan is to be fulfilled by the end of 2015. We have already heard about two models from this new trio earlier. One of them is a D segment sedan unofficially known as XS, and the second model is the compact crossover, formally called Q-Type. While the two models have previously appeared in public, third one is an absolute mystery, as it has never been shown nor is there any information about it on the Internet.
XS traveler, the X-Type model, has been released not only as a sedan, but as an SUV as well. Interestingly enough, X-Type once was a very successful and very unsuccessful at the same time. It was produced since 2001 until 2009 only and in absolute car sales rating has surpassed any other Jaguar model. In its best year, 2003, there were 50.000 of X-Types sold. It is not surprising, given its relative affordability. But even such sales were twice lower than projected by company’s managers. Worst than that, they continued to fall for several years in a row. That’s the main reason X-Type was taken off the assembly line earlier than anticipated by the original plan.
It now turns out that the company is working on an SUV version for XS model. This decision is the most logical Jaguar has made recently. It’s also logical in recent light of the company’s desire to enhance its model range and capture more market niches in the future. All three models will be based on the same body, which will be made from aluminum. A great range of engines is also expected, including four-and six-cylinder ones. Jaguar managers also think that this idea of making the brand more affordable will be appreciated by potential buyers as much as by investors.