Jaguar : X-Type replacement cleared for production
We’ve heard on the grapevine that the Jaguar board has signed off a new-age X-Type-replacing model. Given the current resurgence of Jaguar, underpinned by the success of the XF and new XJ, the arrival of a new entry level model will prove a useful fillip.
Talk of the ‘failure’ of the X-Type should be swept aside, as clearly this would be a case of the right product at the right time – and many commentators blame the original car’s disappointing sales Stateside being down to the car’s overtly retro styling…
According to Auto Express, Tata Motors’ Chief Executive, Carl-Peter Forster, has acknowledged that Jaguar needs a smaller, higher-volume vehicle. The new car is already under development and, according to Jaguar insiders, we can finally put paid to the rumours that a smaller car would carry the Rover name – such an exhumation is not even on the agenda.
Jaguar is reportedly working on a new modular aluminium platform that would be shared between the new smaller car, the mid-sized XF and the next-generation XK. In renderings posted by Auto Express at least, it’s clear that the baby Jaguar will continue the family theme instigated by the XF – as well as sharing themes with other X250 proposals.
The stylish new entry-level Jaguar will bolster JLR’s presence in the sector following the arrival of the impressive new Range Rover Evoque.
[Source: Auto Express]