Jaguar will broaden its appeal to buyers in northern climes by offering all-wheel drive for the XJ luxury sedan. According to Autocar, the system should debut in less than two years, possibly arriving concurrent with a redesign of the XJ.
Currently, all Jaguar models on sale come only with rear-wheel drive. While that’s sure to please enthusiasts and traditionalists, Jaguar sells large numbers of cars to customers in the snowier states in the U.S. Competitors like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz offer all-wheel drive on their luxury sedans, so it would make sense for Jaguar to follow suit.
Autocar also confirms that Jaguar is working on developing a smaller sedan to slot below the XF in its range. We’ve been expecting a compact Jag sedan to fight those cars for some time now. Earlier this year, Jaguar Global Brand Director Adrian Hallmark told us he wanted to develop a “smaller sedan” that would be “more affordable to younger buyers.” The car will likely employ Jaguar’s Premium Lightweight Architecture aluminum-based chassis.
The new car will debut around 2013, and could spawn other models, like a coupe, station wagon, or a shooting brake. It will succeed the X-Type as a competitor to the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4. The X-Type was killed off after 2008.