Jaguar has revealed its plans to beat Big Freeze in snowbound North America and icy Russia – with new all-wheel drive versions of its XF and XJ models.
The resurgent luxury car manufacturer has unveiled the latest saloons from the drawing board at its Castle Bromwich factory in the shape of new XF and XJs aimed at tackling severe cold climates.
The All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) versions of the new saloons will be available in selected markets from 2013 Model Year as part of a huge expansion programme, which will see more than 1,100 new jobs created by Jaguar.
North America, Russia, China and continental Europe will account for the majority of sales for the new AWD models which are powered by Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged 340PS petrol engine.
The luxury carmaker put the vehicles on display in Manhattan, where Andy Goss, President of Jaguar Land Rover in North America said: “The cars will be perfectly set up for the extremes of weather that can hit this part of the world.
“When it snows here, it snows. We need to have products that are technically capable of coping with extreme weather conditions.”
The United States is the world’s leading market for AWD sales and initially more than three quarters of the AWD models produced at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich factory in the UK from October 2012 will be sold in the US.
Jaguar Land Rover announced last month that a host of new Jaguars are set to be built at Castle Bromwich, with the first vehicle the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which goes into production later this year.
The Sportbrake will be the first Jaguar estate car since the X-Type. It was originally built at the firm’s Halewood plant on Merseyside between 2008 and 2009.
Meanwhile, other models in the pipeline at Castle Bromwich include the revised 2013 XF and XJ ranges, featuring new engines and transmissions.
Jaguar saw sales soar to more than 29,000 vehicles in the first six months of 2012, a 19 per cent increase on 2011.