Reports have emerged that Jaguar is set to unveil a prototype SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show that is scheduled for September this year. The SUV may be named either the Q-type or the XQ, both of which have been trademarked by Jaguar.
The car will likely be based on the Range Rover Evoque and will inherit design cues from the Jaguar XF and the recently launched F-Type. The F-Type has been referred to by the company as the model which will influence the next generation of products. Jaguar has also stated that they intend to stretch beyond the traditional segments that it currently delves in.
The technicalities of the car are still kept closed behind company walls, but it is highly likely that the Q-Type will be manufactured based on Jaguar’s new aluminium PLA platform. The SUV will possibly be powered by the same set of engine options found on the Evoque - a 2.20litre and a 3.0-litre oli burner. It will be interesting to know if the Q-Type will get the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that currently powers the base XJL and will also feature in the next generation Evoque.
When launched, the Q-Type/XQ will compete with the Q5 and the X3 and its premium sibling, the Evoque. With Jaguar recently stating its ambition to push its sales figures in the next three years, an entry into the SUV segment seems logical. More details of the same are expected to be revealed closer to the Frankfurt Motor Show, but if the recent renderings are anything to go by, the Q-Type will be one to look out for.