Jaguar To Launch SUV Model Apart From Land Rover, Expected To Create 1,300 UK Jobs

By Kamal Nayan - 12 Jan '15 00:10AM

Jaguar is going to launch a sport utility vehicle, other than existing Land Rover line of SUVs, the company confirmed. The launch of the new line of SUVs would generate around 1,300 new jobs in UK.

Jaguar will start production of the new line of SUVs at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands.

The new five-seater SUV will be based on Jaguar's C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept. It is also expected that the new SUV by Jaguar will reflect the design from Jaguar XE - the newest and smallest car in the line up.

Jaguar C-X17 concept car was first showcased at the Frankfurt motor show in 2013 and is slated to go on sales next year.

Jaguar, owned by India's Tata Motors, said it has chosen UK because it was committed to building cars "crafted with that special British flair," BBC reported.

"The UK's automotive industry is thriving with a new car rolling off the production line every 20 seconds, and increasing levels of investment that's helping to secure local jobs," Business secretary Vince Cable said.

 "Land Rover is all about capabity -- the ultimate off-road vehicle...We also think there is a market for people who maybe who do not need this ultimate capability," said Joe Eberhardt, CEO of Jaguar/Land Rover in the U.S., according to USA Today.

Jaguar has already invested £1.5bn in the Solihull plant which employs 9,450 employees.

Jaguar in total, employs more than 30,000 people in the UK.

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