Jaguar has been considering a new entry-level model to challenge the Audi A3 and Mercedes A / CLA Class but a new report is indicating a production model is at least several years off. In an interview with The Motor Report, Jaguar Australia managing director Matthew Wiesner said the "trend toward small cars in premium brands is very strong and premium brands are doing well in that space." However, the executive conceded all-new entry-level model is "definitely not" in the company's current product cycle.

Jaguar has been considering a new entry-level model to challenge the Audi A3 and Mercedes A / CLA Class but a new report is indicating a production model is at least several years off.

In an interview with The Motor Report, Jaguar Australia managing director Matthew Wiesner said the "trend toward small cars in premium brands is very strong and premium brands are doing well in that space."  However, the executive conceded an all-new entry-level model is "definitely not" going to happen in the company's current product cycle.

While the model won't arrive before the end of the decade, it's still a possibility as Wiesner said the company still has gaps in its lineup and he'd love to see them filled.

Jaguar Land Rover's iQ[Al] platform could be shrunken down to accommodate a model that slots beneath the XE, but the resulting car would likely be expensive and have a cramped interior.  This could force the company to build the car on a front-wheel-drive platform but Wiesner contends any such model would need to look and drive like a proper Jaguar. As he explained, "Can a front-wheel platform live up to that ethos?  I don’t know... that’s a decision for the guys in the United Kingdom to make."

Source: The Motor Report

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