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Jaguar Likely to Launch a Wave of New, Small Vehicles

Production version of C-X17, other offerings may follow.

by on Sep.17, 2013

Jaguar is looking to expand its base of buyers with models, like the C-X17 crossover concept.

Jaguar has confirmed plans to launch an all-new small sedan and shown a concept version of what could become its first-ever crossover/utility vehicle. But has learned that still other options based on the maker’s new, lightweight compact “architecture” could follow these to market.

That would help a company long stuck with a limited handful of products begin to compete more directly with the leaders in the luxury market, such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW, who are engaged in a major proliferation of model lines. More importantly, it would let Jaguar rapidly catch up in the fastest-growing segment of the global luxury automotive market.

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“We’re planning to use this architecture to span quite a range of products,” explained Jaguar Vehicle Line Director Kevin Stride. The goal is to spread those over a “breadth of segments…and sizes,” adds the long-time Jaguar engineer. (more…)

First Look: 2014 Audi SQ5 Performance Crossover

Audi’s most powerful V-6 yet.

by on Jan.08, 2013

The 2014 Audi SQ5 will get the most powerful version of the maker's 3.0-liter V-6 yet offered.

Some things are worth waiting for, or so one hopes in the case of the 2014 Audi SQ5 performance crossover making its debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week. It’s the long-awaited production version of the Q5 Custom Concept first revealed way back in 2009 – with some much-needed updates, of course.

Developed specifically for the U.S. and a handful of other markets, the new top-of-the-line version of the Q5 crossover is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 kmh – 0 to 62.5 mph for the metrically challenged – in just 5.3 seconds, with an Autobahn-ready top speed of 250 kmh (155 mph).

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If there’s any surprise, it’s the fact that Audi has waited until now rather than bringing over the diesel-powered SQ5.  Volkswagen’s luxury subsidiary has big plans to expand its diesel line-up but apparently didn’t think Americans are ready to accept the idea that oil-burners not only can deliver great mileage but also quite a punch off the line.