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Jaguar SUV Tests at the Ring

New crossover will be benchmarked against the Porsche Macan.

With months of winter testing under its belt, Jaguar’s upcoming SUV has swapped the snowy streets of Sweden for the hot asphalt of the Nurburgring. Spied wearing the Evoque body borrowed from Land Rover, Jaguar’s new “sports crossover” will have some serious performance. The British carmaker will benchmark it against the Porsche Macan, widely regarded as the best-handling SUV currently on the market. Jaguar aims to sell 200,000 units per year by attracting younger buyers, woman and those with young families.

Based on a slightly smaller variant of the aluminum monocoque used for the Ranger Rover and RR Sport, the production-spec C-X17 will be powered by JLR’s four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, with a top spec model to hit 186 mph when combined with twin turbos. Jaguar plans to roll out the SUV sometime in 2016.

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