UK misses out on all-wheel drive Jaguar XJ and XF models

Jaguar recently announced All-Wheel-Drive variants of the XJ and XF models will be produced, but these won’t be available within the UK market.

Only to be offered where ‘consumer demand is highest’ the All-Wheel-Drive models will be available to customers in North America, Russia, China and continental Europe. They are to be powered by Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged 340PS petrol engine.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar, said: “Jaguar has revitalised its core range and is now undertaking an intensive programme of introducing new models, strategic powertrain and technologies to reinvigorate the Jaguar brand around the world.

“The new AWD products are another example of how we are taking the Jaguar business forward by thinking globally and targeting specific market opportunities by addressing specific regional requirements.”

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 says with AWD occupying less than five percent of the UK luxury saloon market, the AWD XF and XJ will not be offered in the UK for 2013 Model Year.

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