Jaguar developing five-door coupe

Jaguar developing five-door coupe

Jaguar RD-6 concept rq

Five-door coupes are the latest automotive trend and now it’s Jaguar that’s preparing to join the club. Reports are coming in that a compact hatch, similar to Audi’s new A5 Sportback, is in the works. Possibly an evolution of the R-D6 concept Jaguar first showed way back in 2003. It’s now being called the RD7, and will feature rear suicide doors and a side-hinged rear hatch.

As Jaguar’s X-Type is steadily being phased out overseas, the logic is that an entry-level model is required to compete in the compact premium segment. Apparently Jag is considering both a three-door and a five-door version of this future model, which would most likely be built on a slimmed down XF platform. Power is rumoured to come from a 2.7-litre diesel V6.

Whatever the final form of the RD7, it may be a fair wait before it’s seen in showrooms but cash coming in from the popular XF and the recently revealed full-size XJ might help speed things up a bit, too.

Jaguar RD-6 concept rq

Five-door coupes are the latest automotive trend and now it’s Jaguar that’s preparing to join the club. Reports are coming in that a compact hatch, similar to Audi’s new A5 Sportback, is in the works. Possibly an evolution of the R-D6 concept Jaguar first showed way back in 2003. It’s now being called the RD7, and will feature rear suicide doors and a side-hinged rear hatch.

As Jaguar’s X-Type is steadily being phased out overseas, the logic is that an entry-level model is required to compete in the compact premium segment. Apparently Jag is considering both a three-door and a five-door version of this future model, which would most likely be built on a slimmed down XF platform. Power is rumoured to come from a 2.7-litre diesel V6.

Whatever the final form of the RD7, it may be a fair wait before it’s seen in showrooms but cash coming in from the popular XF and the recently revealed full-size XJ might help speed things up a bit, too.

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