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Report: Jaguar readying five-door coupe

Further blurring the line between coupe, sedan and wagon, Jaguar is reportedly readying a five-door coupe. Designed in the same vein as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 5-Series GT, the compact hatch will replace the X-Type in the Jaguar lineup.

Codenamed RD7, the new model will be largely based on the RD6 concept (pictured), first shown in 2003. According to Edmunds, Jaguar was considering three and five-door models, but ultimately settled on the latter as it would be the volume seller.

The production vehicle will feature the sleek lines of a coupe and is also tipped to include suicide rear-doors. The rear hatch will swing open, which should allow for better use in situations with a low roof clearance.

Power for the production RD7 will come from a 2.7L diesel V6, but we wouldn't be surprised to see a range of gas and diesel powerplants. Thanks to its XF-based platform, the RD7 will feature rear-wheel drive, ensuring a sporty driving demeanor.

Although the entry-level premium segment is growing by the day - see Lexus' LF-Ch concept - the RD7 is still a ways off. Jaguar is concentrating on its new sports car first, pushing the RD7's launch back to at least 2013.