As part of a radical change in product plans, Jaguar is developing an on-demand four-wheel drive system for one of its current products although it hasn't yet defined which model and powertrain combination.
"Seventy percent of our U.S. sales are in the snow belt," said Jaguar's global brand director, Adrian Hallmark, "and we're missing out on a lot of sales because we currently don't offer an all-wheel drive option."
The package is currently being defined, said Hallmark who also added that the system would contain "no or very few" components from it's sister brand, Land Rover.
Hallmark revealed that over the past 10 months, Jaguar product strategy had changed markedly, "all things are being discussed."
While the current , and will continue to be the foundations of Jaguar's product line-up there will be a steady stream of new cars over the coming years. This could include an RS version of the XF packing a 550 bhp version of the supercharged V-8 and a super luxury variant of the XJ that would be positioned price-wise just below as well as a wagon version of the XF.
Hallmark also believes that Jaguar can move into the SUV/crossover sector without stepping on Land Rover/Range Rover's toes, but before that happens, look for hybrid Jaguars to appear first.
Jaguar doesn't want to go head to head with BMW, explained Hallmark but it will develop a new smaller, cheaper car to slot in below the XF price range that will have a new four-cylinder power unit and platform, although it's unlikely to appear for another three years. Sources within Jaguar have suggested that the sub-XF car won't be a conventional three-box wagon but have "a fifth door."
Speculation continues over a second Jaguar sports car with sources saying it's "not Boxster sized" as previously thought and that a concept might appear as early as next year.