Jaguar adds all wheel drive to XF and XJ
Jaguar will launch all wheel drive versions of the XF and XJ saloons in selective markets worldwide starting with the 2013 model year, including most of Europe.
All wheel drive versions will be offered with the 340hp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, and North America, Russia, China and Continental Europe are expected to be the biggest markets. Three quarters of the AWD models, which will be built alongside the two wheel drive versions at Castle Bromwich in the UK, will be sold in the United States.
The carmaker said the additional models will give it 80% coverage of the luxury saloon market – four times what it had previously and allowing the XF and XJ to compete with Audi's long-established quattro cars and the growing BMW xDrive range.
But, it added, all wheel drive accounted for less than 5% of the UK luxury saloon market, so for the short term they will not be offered to British buyers.
Adrian Hallmark, global brand director, Jaguar, said: ‘Jaguar has revitalised its core range and is now undertaking an intensive programme of introducing new models, strategic powertrain and technologies to reinvigorate the Jaguar brand around the world.
‘The new AWD products are another example of how we are taking the Jaguar business forward by thinking globally and targeting specific market opportunities by addressing specific regional requirements.’