LOS ANGELES -- “In the past, all-wheel-drive has meant Audi and Quattro, but now it is something that the market expects,” said Jaguar global director Adrian Hallmark at the LA Auto Show. “In the snowbelt of America, [all-wheel-drive vehicles] account for 70% of sales, and overall it accounts for 30% of sales, so we are working on it and in the final stages of a decision. It is core to our future offering.”
The all-wheel-drive systems will likely be included in versions of the XF and/or XJ luxury sedans.
Jaguar’s competitors each have their own AWD systems to deal with difficult weather: Mercedes-Benz 4Matic, BMW xDrive, and Audi Quattro.
The development of an all-wheel-drive system is likely being conducted in conjunction with Land Rover and is expected to arrive within the next two years. The project is being given a higher priority than the development of hybrid propulsion, since Jaguar estimates that its buyers are more willing to spend for an extra set of driving wheels than a battery pack and a pair of electric motors.
SOURCE: Autocar; Autoblog