2011 Jaguar XFR

If you love Jaguar cars but will never buy one because you live in a state with brutal winters, you’re in luck. Jaguar will offer an all-wheel drive option on its XF and XJ sedans within the next three years, Car and Driver reports.

Shoppers in the market for a luxury large car with optional all-wheel drive can choose from cars like the Infiniti M, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series. All-wheel drive adds to the price of any car, and the rear-wheel drive Jaguar XF and XJ will likely see a price bump of several thousand dollars when all-wheel drive is added.

2011 Jaguar XJL

Jaguar’s Global Brand Director Adrian Hallmark told Car and Driver that it’s expensive to add all-wheel drive to a car, “but it has to be done” to be class-competitive. Luxury car shoppers located in northern states with snowy winters and icy roads know that all-wheel drive is almost necessary to navigate slippery roads.

“With a significant portion of Jaguar customers based on the East Coast, Jaguar needs to offer AWD for customers in the snowbelt,” AutoGuide reports.

Plus, optional all-wheel drive could help Jaguar sell more vehicles.

“While the XJ is doing well against the other vehicles in the segment, there is still room for improvement, and the XF hasn’t done well since its 2008 launch,” egmCarTech reports. “The addition of all-wheel drive should help boost sales numbers and improve ratios against brands like BMW and Audi.”

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