News : Jaguar’s future plans
Diana T. Kurylko, Automotive News
JAGUAR is expected to add a sports car based on the C-X16 concept shown last month at the Frankfurt auto show. Executives said the car is nearly ready for production. Work also is under way on a compact saloon, but that car is a few years away from production, Jaguar officials said.
One of Jaguar’s disadvantages: Its main engine is the 5.0-litre V8 used in all three models — the XJ, XK and XF. New engines are in development but are unlikely to arrive for a few years. Tata Motors Ltd., which bought Jaguar from Ford Motor Co. three years ago, is investing $2.45bn combined annually in Jaguar and sibling division Land Rover over the next five years to develop new products, engines and production facilities.
Jaguar hasn’t offered a small saloon since it axed the X-Type after the 2008 model year. To get the volume it needs, Jaguar must offer a car priced under £30,000, so a sedan to compete with BMW’s 3 series is under development. Jaguar plans to launch the car with a V6, a four-cylinder turbo or both. A coupe also is being developed. The new compact saloon isn’t likely to arrive before 2014.
The C-X16 concept shown in Frankfurt hints at the production two-seat sports car expected as early as next year. The two-door coupe currently known as X152 and which is tipped to be called XT would compete with the Porsche Cayman. Jaguar calls the car “the spiritual successor to the E-type” that went on sale 50 years ago. The concept has a long hood and a short rear overhang. It is powered by a V6 engine with an unspecified displacement and a plug-in electric motor.
Redesigned a year ago, the sedan and its long-wheelbase XJL derivative aren’t likely to be freshened until 2013.
The saloon received a mild freshening this summer with a new bonnet, headlamps, grille and bumpers. The higher performance XFR received some sportier body pieces to set it apart from the base XF. Jaguar is working on a long-wheelbase version and estate known as XFW for Europe. The XF likely will be redesigned in 2015. A coupe version known as XFC is also in development.
A redesign of Jaguar’s oldest model is expected in 2013.
Jaguar plans a production version of the hybrid supercar concept shown at last year’s Paris auto show. Production begins in 2013 and ends in 2015. Only 250 cars will be built, priced between $1.2m and $1.5m. The car will have plug-in electric motors on the front and rear axles. Jaguar has not disclosed other powertrain details for the car, which is being developed with the Williams F1 racing team and will use a lightweight carbonfibre chassis. The car is expected to have a top speed of more than 320km/h (200mph) and accelerate from 0-100km/h (62mph) in less than 3 seconds.
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[Source: Automotive News]