Compact is 'top priority' for Jaguar
Hallmark: “We have to get back into that segment.”
DETROIT -- Jaguar wants to re-enter the compact segment and is considering multiple body styles, said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar's global brand director.
Designs and shapes have been discussed, but nothing has been approved, Hallmark said. "We have to get back into that segment. I won't say whether it's with a sedan or another body style or more than one car."
Hallmark said Jaguar is working on smaller vehicles below the XF, which competes against the BMW 5 series and Mercedes-Benz E class.
"I guarantee you it is our top priority," he said at the Detroit auto show.
Jaguar's X-Type small sedan was discontinued in 2009.
Hallmark would not confirm reports that a compact crossover is in the works. But he said sibling brand Land Rover's specialization in crossovers and SUVs would not prevent Jaguar from adding such a vehicle. "Just because we are part of a family doesn't stop any one brand where there is room for growth," he said.
If Jaguar were to get a crossover or SUV, the vehicle likely would share a platform with Land Rover, he said. The brands are trying to reduce their number of platforms and share more engines.
"If we were to enter a crossover segment, then it would be more road-oriented rather than off-road," Hallmark said. "It would not be cut-and-paste. It would be using that core global competence."
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