2003 Jaguar RD6 ConceptEnlarge Photo
Jaguar's transfer to new ownership last year had many, from customers to dealers to industry analysts, worried about what might come of it. But Tata Motors' ownership has so far proven reassuring in its commitment to the Jaguar brand, with the stunning new XJ looking promising and confirmation of a new XE roadster generating even more buzz.
As hard as it is to believe that a company like Jaguar, which is still operating deeply in the red (to the tune of several hundred millions of dollars), is set to launch two brand new models, there’s word on the street that a new five-door coupe may also be in the works.
The proliferation of not-quite-hatchbacks and not-wagons epitomized by the BMW 5-series GT and Audi A5 Sportback is about to grow, according to a new report. Based on the RD6 concept car from 2003 (pictured), the new Jaguar is going under the codename of RD7 and could be in production by 2014.
To keep development costs down, the RD7 would share much in common with the XF, including its steel architecture and powertrain lineup. It won’t be just another XF variant, however, as the car is expected to be an entry-level model--essentially, a successor to the poor-selling X-Type.
Unfortunately, Jaguar lacks the funding necessary to launch both the RD7 and XE so unless there’s a significant improvement in the company’s financial situation, the chances of both cars being developed is slim.