New front-drive Jaguar small car with Mercedes A-Class in crosshair under consideration?

Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum has dropped a surprise at a round table media interview behind the scenes of 2015 New York Motor Show, that a fore-limb based mini-Jag could come out in the years to come.

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Callum’s love for superminis has a lot to do for the conception of a Jaguar small car.
The British luxury car maker hasn’t yet started sketching a kitten, the project is in initial stages, under various studies.

When it does materialise, we will be looking at a Mercedes A-Class rival, based on new Front Wheel Drive (FWD) architecture. The expected Jaguar small car will also compete with, in other words it could be competed by Audi A1, BMW 1-Series, Mini Cooper and the like.

As of now, Callum reckons Jaguar to be too small to chase after high volume sales and cut-throat pricing, but says a time will come when the company pulls the rope up and crouches its way into the ring to try and throw a punch at the top premium hatchback makers.

Jaguar XE Paris 2014
Jaguar XE

And he has confirmed that variant below the Jaguar XE will be Front Wheel Driven, just like the other cars in the segments. Given the necessity to develop a brand new platform for the purpose, it is clear that the Jaguar small car will take some years to popup, also considering that Jag has every reason to experiment the car with a new hybrid powertrain.

Via – Motoring Australia

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