Speaking with CarAdvice at the reveal of the all-new 2015 Jaguar XE sedan in London, the chief programme engineer for the car, Nick Miller, said there’s more to come off the new modular architecture that underpins the all-new sedan.
“At this point we’re focusing on the sedan, and I guess you’d expect me to say that,” Miller said.
“As we’ve already shown with the architecture, we can make an SUV with it,” he said of Jaguar's concept SUV that debuted at the Frankfurt motor show in 2013, and was shown again at the Dubai motor show and a third time in five-seat guise at the Guangzhou show.
“That [concept model] kind of shows the book-ends that we can do with [the new architecture]. There’s quite a few stretches and pulls [that we can make to the body styles],” Miller said.
Miller didn’t rule out an XE wagon, and there’s undeniably some chance of an XE two-door coupe that could allow the brand to mirror model ranges like those seen from Audi with its A4 and A5 ranges, BMW with its 3 Series and 4 Series models, and the expected plethora of derivatives of the new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
“I’ll never say never for the future - we’re looking at all different styles for the future,” Miller said.
“We’ve already shown another derivative, an SUV, which is approximately this size. So, yeah, we’re looking at it,” he said.
“The body shop has been equipped to be flexible. We can put more than one body style in it. It’s not a problem. All the kit is there.
“We’ve equipped the shop to be able to do it, and in the future we’ll be able to show you other products off this architecture, but we’re not talking about it now,” Miller said.
When asked if the all-new SUV could bear the same name as the new sedan, Miller was frank.
“We haven’t decided on that,” he said.
Stay tuned for more on the production version of the C-X17 SUV and further model derivatives of the XE.