All future Jaguar models will have the option of all-wheel drive, as this capability will be engineered into their architecture, said global brand director Adrian Hallmark.
“I can’t think of any model that wouldn’t benefit from not having the option of it,” said Hallmark at the launch of the XF and XJ 3.0 V6 all-wheel drive models, the first such models for Jaguar. Although the XF and the XJ have been developed as rear-wheel drive cars, Jaguar decided to respond to market demands from the U.S. and Canada for all-wheel drive cars, as these countries have regions where it snows a lot during winter.
Jaguar engineered the all-wheel drive system when it developed its new 3.0-liter V6 engine. For the moment, no other Jaguar engine will be offered with all-wheel drive technology due to the engineering costs versus return on investment. For the same reason, Jaguar’s all-wheel drive technology will not be offered for right-hand drive models in the UK, a market where demand for V6 petrol cars with all-wheel drive is small. However, on its future models, Jaguar will plan and engineer all-wheel drive technology from the beginning.
“At the moment, we can’t take the full grid of engines, models and drivetrains and tick every box and offer them all. We have to prioritise. In the future, we know what it takes to get all-wheel drive,” said Hallmark.