Jaguar Land Rover dealers have big decisions ahead regarding their stores. The two iconic British brands are expanding their offerings so much that many facilities won't be big enough to handle the increased volume of sales and service, says Andy Vine, chairman of the Jaguar Land Rover Retailer Cabinet.
JLR has not confirmed it, but the next generation of the Land Rover Defender -- one of the original SUVs -- is expected to join the brand's North American lineup, probably as a 2019 model. That will give Land Rover dealers a Jeep Wrangler fighter and an offering in a segment from which the brand has been absent since 1997.
On the other end of Land Rover's lineup, the next-generation Range Rover is likely going to get much more expensive and opulent as it fends off challenges from the $230,000 Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce's new SUV. The upcoming new version of the Discovery, coming mid-2017, could eventually push into pricing territory occupied by the current Range Rover.
Vine, dealer principal at Land Rover Louisville and Jaguar Louisville in Kentucky, says Jaguar will continue to flesh out its lineup by adding powertrain enhancements and performance models. The new compact XE sedan, which got off to a slow start, will get a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine and all-wheel-drive combination this year. JLR dealers believe the XE will find its place in 2017, Vine says.
"Not only does it continue to be the only entry in its segment with aluminum architecture, but it also has class-leading fuel economy," he said. "This year, midyear, will start to get four-cylinder all-wheel-drive versions."