Thunder cat: could Jaguar be planning an EV alongside its latest crossover?

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Jaguar's new aluminum platform could support several new cars, including an EV.
We’re not sold on the looks of the new Jaguar C-X17 crossover concept. Don’t get us wrong; it’s pretty good looking but we’re not sure why anyone would choose it over all the other luxury CUVs on the market, including its off-road capable cousin, the Range Rover Evoque.

Regardless of our feelings about the shapely wildcat crossover, the C-X17 is an important model for Jag, as it is underpinned by a new aluminum Jaguar platform called iQ[Al].

In the video below, Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum hints at four new models Jag could build off the new platform. We know one will be the aforementioned crossover, another will be a BMW 3 Series rivaling sedan, and the last is likely to be a new-gen XF.

And what of the fourth? If Callum’s “science fiction” quote is any hint, we think it’ll be an electrically-powered car of some sort – perhaps along the lines of the new BMW i3. We’re hoping it could be a plug-in hybrid sports car powered by the drivertrain found in the C-X75 prototype, which made over 850 horsepower from some electric motors and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. But we won’t hold our breath.

A luxury EV is much more likely, as such a vehicle will be required if Jaguar wishes to sell its wares in California. Plus, Jag has some ‘keeping up with the Jonses’ to do in the luxury world.

Either way, the secret fourth iQ[Al]-based car is many years off. Should anything surface anytime soon, however, we’ll be sure to bring it to you.

What would you like to see Jaguar build off its latest platform? Tell us in the comment section below.

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