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Jaguar Adding New Wagon…er…Sportbrake to Line-up

XF Sportbrake due in American showrooms for the first time.

by on Apr.26, 2017

An aerial view of the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

A rose by any other name? For most American motorists, the word, “wagon” carries with it a whiff of rotten eggs. So, most manufacturers either avoid the two-box body style entirely or hope to find a more pleasing alternative, such as Jaguar’s “Sportbrake.”

We’re getting a look at the next wagon, er, Sportbrake to come from the British automaker in a teaser released this week. It gives us an overhead image of the new model, as well as an outline painted onto the main court at the tennis mecca of Wimbledon.

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Whatever you wish to call it, expected to see the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake join the maker’s line-up in Europe a few months from now. And for those Americans who love a wagon, whatever it’s called, it’ll finally make its way to U.S. dealerships as well, this time around.

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Jaguar F-Pace Named World Car of the Year

Awards program also honors, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Toyota.

by on Apr.12, 2017

JLR CEO Ralf Speth (r) celebrates the win by the Jaguar F-Pace, named World Car of the Year.

The Jaguar F-Pace took double honors at this year’s New York International Auto Show, being named the World Car of the Year, while also taking the trophy for World Car Design.

The first utility vehicle ever designed by the British marque traditionally known for sleek sports cars, coupes and sedans, the F-Pace has been well received by both critics and consumers alike, almost immediately becoming the British maker’s best-selling model.

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“We really wanted to do something special for our customers,” declared a clearly emotional Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, as he came up for the second, and more significant, World Car award. Getting this award proves we’re on the right track.”

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Jaguar Looking to Draw F-Type Buyers with Four Models

The "F" stands for four cylinder!

by on Apr.12, 2017

The Jaguar F-Type gets a 4-cylinder engine for 2018, putting out 296 horsepower.

When it comes to high-priced vehicles, it’s all about options. Jaguar is now taking that to the extreme with its 2018 F-Type line-up offering a portfolio that provides choices ranging from Jaguar’s first 4-cylinder engine to a 575 horsepower tricked-out model.

In all, the maker is offering 24 derivatives that include the 296 hp Ingenium 4-cylnder entry-level model to the 200 mph all-wheel drive 575-hp V8-powered F-Type SVR with prices ranging from just under $60k to $125k when it hits the market later this year.

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“Introducing our advanced four-cylinder engine to the F-Type has created a vehicle with its own distinct character,” said Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line director, Jaguar F-Type. “Performance from an engine of this size is remarkable and is balanced with improved fuel efficiency and affordability, making the F-TYPE experience more accessible than ever before.” (more…)

Jaguar Rolls Out 10 Fully Restored E-Types

Project will hold to original specs, down to the spot-welds.

by on Mar.31, 2017

The first restored E-Type was shipped to California and has been in storage since 1983.

The Jaguar E-Type is more than just a legend. It’s been wildly popular with classic car collectors and now, as part of its “Reborn” program, Jaguar will fully restore 10 of its Series 1 E-Types for a handful of lucky aficionados.

All 10 of the Series 1 models were produced between 1961 and 1968, the very first to go through the restoration process rolling off the line in 1965. Jaguar promises each will be restored to factory spec – albeit for a price: they’ll start at around $355,000 – or more if you want some upgrades, such as a syncromesh transmission.

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“The E-Type is the most iconic sports car of all time, so we are delighted to be able to give new life to expertly selected examples for discerning customers around the world to own and enjoy,” said Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic. “The resources and information available to Jaguar Classic’s expert technicians are unrivalled, which results in the most authentic E-Type restorations possible.”

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Jaguar Teaming With Shell for In-Car Payment System

System offers increased security of financial information.

by on Feb.15, 2017

Jaguar and Shell teamed up to allow Jag – and Land Rover – owners to use the InControl to pay for gas without need for cash or a credit card on hand.

Today’s infotainment systems will tell you everything from how long it will take you get home to where the cheapest gas prices are located. Now, if you drive a Jaguar, it’ll even pay for the gas once you get there.

A new partnership between Jaguar and Shell allows drivers with the luxury brand’s InControl infotainment system to pay for gas without ever busting out a credit card or cash.

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“In a world where cash is no longer king, customers are increasingly using electronic payments and contactless cards,” said Peter Virk, Jaguar Land Rover’s director of Connected Car and Future Technology. (more…)

Electrifying Design

Autonomous and electric drive technologies will radically transform the way tomorrow’s car look, inside and out.

by on Feb.10, 2017

Double sliding doors make it easier than ever to climb in and out of the Chrysler Portal Concept.

You can call it a minivan, if you wish, but while the Portal shares the same, underlying platform as the Chrysler Pacifica minivan that debuted last year, they don’t have much else in common.

There are the four sliding doors, for example, and the unusually short nose. Though it’s a full 19 inches shorter than the Pacifica, the Portal boasts a larger interior. It also has a steering wheel that, with a touch of a button, folds into the instrument panel.

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The Portal is, for now, just a concept vehicle, but it hints at some of the dramatic changes reshaping the auto industry as manufacturers start to adopt electrified drivelines and prepare to introduce autonomous driving systems. Both those technologies will, in turn, give automotive designers an opportunity to radically shift the way tomorrow’s vehicle look and are laid out, says Ralph Gilles, the head of design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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Jaguar’s Legendary XKSS Comes Back to Life

"I had to build in those idiosyncracies."

by on Nov.21, 2016

Kevin Riches led the team that created the nine Jaguar XKSS continuation cars.

The fire moved quickly, and with devastating results, leaving little more than ashes and molten metal where Jaguar’s Brown’s Lane factory once stood.

The disaster that struck on February 12, 1957 nearly destroyed the British maker and ruined its plans to build 25 XKSS roadsters, basically a road-going version of the D-Type race car that had dominated Le Mans for much of the mid-decade. Only 16 had been completed, the remaining nine still in various stages of production.

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But nearly 60 years later, the remaining cars will finally be completed, thanks to the British marque’s Jaguar Classic division. It’s not the first time an automaker has tried to revive one of its historic models. There are a number of recreations and plenty of “restomods.” What Jaguar has come up with is an amazingly precise continuation, accurate down to the five different type of rivets used on the original 16 roadsters.

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I-Pace Just First Step in Jaguar Electrification Plans

As much as 40 to 50% of its models could soon be battery-based.

by on Nov.16, 2016

Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, estimates that as much as 50% of Jaguar Land Rover's sales will be battery electric vehicles.

It took only a matter of minutes for the first buyer to reserve one of the new Jaguar I-Pace battery-electric vehicles, clicking on the “I Want” button added to the British maker’s website following the debut of a concept version at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

That was reassuring news for Jaguar’s top management team which authorized the costly development project that will see the production version of the I-Pace roll into showrooms in 2018. And the electric SUV is likely to be only the first in a wave of new battery-based models for both Jaguar and its sibling Land Rover brand, according to CEO Ralf Speth.

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As much as “40 to 50%” of the Jaguar Land Rover line-up could use hybrid, plug-in or full battery-electric propulsion by 2020, Speth hinted during a conversation with a handful of journalists at the L.A. Auto Show. And while he declined to discuss specific plans, he acknowledged that the company did not develop the unique platform underpinning the I-Pace just for one product. (more…)

Jaguar I-Pace Concept Delivers Range, Performance

Production model set to reach showrooms by 2018.

by on Nov.15, 2016

The Jaguar I-Pace concept borrows from Tesla's design that pushes the battery packs into the floor to save space and improve handling.

Jaguar has been shaking things up since being sold to India’s Tata a few years back. The 2017 model-year brings the debut of the F-Pace, the British marque’s first sport-utility vehicle. And it won’t be the last, though the Jaguar I-Pace will push a very different boundary.

Making its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, the Jaguar concept is a thinly disguised version of its first battery-electric vehicle, a long-range, high-performance SUV set to reach showrooms in late 2018.

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The British marque isn’t simply stuffing batteries and electric motors into an existing platform, however. The Jaguar I-Pace Concept reveals a distinctive, cab-forward design meant to maximize the benefits of battery propulsion. That means neck-snapping acceleration as well as “class-above” passenger and cargo space. (more…)

First Drive: 2017 Jaguar XE

British marque ready to compete with best luxury offerings in its class.

by on Nov.01, 2016

The new 2017 Jaguar XE is ready to take on the standard bearers in the luxury segment.

Once something of an endangered species on the American road, Jaguar has made a comeback with a series of handsome new vehicles that have caught the attention of luxury buyers who are looking for something fashionably different.

Eager to expand its range, the British marque has made the new Jaguar XE capable of holding its own with the cars built by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Lexus.

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On the inside of the XE, Jaguar’s designers, mindful of the Audi’s finely crafted interiors, have given the XE a luxurious feel that is built around an array of carefully chosen materials and well-crafted features that are nicely combined to create a space that is at once functional and elegant. (more…)