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Jaguar Hopes to Claw Back as it Unveils New XE Sedan

Maker promises an "attainable" price tag.

by on Sep.09, 2014

The new Jaguar XE makes its London debut.

Luxury automakers are fond of staging lavish debuts, complete with A-list celebrities, for their latest offerings. Jaguar clearly underscored the importance it’s placing on the debut of its new XE sedan with a series of previews staged all over the city of London last night.

The XE could prove to be one of the most important products ever for Jaguar, targeting one of the largest segments of the global luxury market – but also going up against some of the toughest competition possible, including the likes of the BMW 3-Series, the Audi A4 and an all-new version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Officially set for a public debut at the Paris Motor Show next month, the new Jaguar sports sedan is the maker’s first model developed entirely under the ownership of India’s Tata Motors. It relies on an “aluminum-intensive” that’s intended to improve performance while also maximizing fuel economy.


Jaguar Reveals Plans For New XE Compact Sedan

XE will go aluminum and introduce new "Ingenium" engine family.

by on Mar.04, 2014

Jaguar offers a first look at the upcoming XE sedan.

The long-awaited compact Jaguar sports sedan will be dubbed the XE, the British maker confirmed during a Geneva Motor Show news conference, adding that the next Jaguar model to migrate to an “aluminum-intensive” design.

The sedan will be a critical addition to the Jaguar line-up and will mark the beginning of the end of the maker’s ties to former parent Ford Motor Co., the XE to be the first model to be powered by Jaguar’s new Ingenium family of engines.

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While Jaguar offered just a hint of what’s coming during a Geneva preview, the maker’s CEO Ralf Speth confirmed a production version of the sedan will debut later this year.  The Jaguar XE will begin to roll out in 2015, though it won’t reach the critical U.S. market, long the maker’s largest, until 2016.


Jaguar/Land Rover Planning 40 New Models, Variants and Major Technology Introductions

British brands plan to shift from niche to mainstream.

by on May.03, 2011

A production version of the striking C-X75 concept would push the number of new Jaguar models and variants to 41.

It has been a roller-coaster ride for Jaguar over the last 15 years, but now part of the ambitious Indian Tata Motors, the British automaker has some ambitious plans in the work along with its sibling Land Rover brand.

Senior company officials tell that the two brands will jointly be launching a major product assault over the next five years with the goal of lifting Jaguar and Land Rover out of their low-volume niches and planting them much more firmly in the luxury mainstream.

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“We’ll be launching 40 new cars, derivatives and (major) technologies from Jaguar/Land Rover in the next five years,” said Adrian Hallmark, who joined Jaguar as its Global Brand Director last October.

The list of new programs breaks down into three categories: (more…)

Jaguar Disavows B99 – Leaves Future of Compact Replacement in the Air

“Not the right direction,” says senior U.S. exec.

by on Mar.14, 2011

Jaguar disavows the Bertone B99 concept.

Don’t expect to see the much-ballyhooed Jaguar B99 concept vehicle hit the assembly line anytime soon.  Make that ever.

Though the Bertone-designed prototype received plenty of attention even before it was formally unveiled at the recent Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar officials are forcefully disassociating themselves from the unabashedly retro design.  And that leaves plenty of uncertainty about if and when the British brand will come up with a replacement for its largely unloved X-Type to fill a big gap in the booming compact luxury car segment.

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The word, “bold,” was frequently used to describe the three-box design of the B99, which was meant to celebrate the long relationship between Bertone and Jaguar, which dated back to the XK150, from 1957.  The look was distinctly different from the wedgy shapes of recent Jag models, such as the XF and XK, and seemed almost aimed at reviving the classic shape of the old and long-running XJ sedan.


First Look: Jaguar B99

Bertone’s glimpse of the future for the British marque.

by on Feb.22, 2011

The Bertone-designed Jaguar B99 makes its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

There’s plenty to celebrate with the upcoming debut of the Jaguar B99, the Bertone-designed concept scheduled to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show marking the company’s 99th anniversary.

The deep red show car also provides a strong hint of what’s to come when Jaguar gets back into the small luxury car segment with a much-needed replacement for the mostly unloved X-Type sedan.

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Roughly 15 feet, nose-to-tail and slotting into the D-segment, the B99 might seem a conservative design, at first blush, with a wee bit of heritage carried over from the classic XJ.  But a closer look reveals some distinctive touches, notably the unusual barn doors – or rear suicide doors, if you so prefer.  They look large but are actually only about half the size of those up front.

The familiar grille of the mid-range XF is carried over, as is, of course, the Leaper hood ornament.  And, in keeping with Jaguar’s focus on light, fuel-efficient luxury cars, the B99 also opts for an aluminum body and chassis.


Is There A “Baby” Jaguar In The Works?

Luxury maker mum on X-Type replacement, “reports” abound.

by on Jul.22, 2010

Is Jaguar readying a replacement for the largely unloved X-Type?

It was, for a time, the best-selling Jaguar ever, but when the British marque decided to abandon the small sedan, few wept at the departure of a model that had seldom received favorable reviews.  Yet the question remains whether any luxury brand with even modest mainstream aspirations can survive without an offering in the compact segment – and there are growing indications that a new “Baby” Jag just might be headed for production.

The original X-Type suffered from the fact that it was a compromise design, sharing much of its underlying platform and componentry with the Mondeo, the mid-market compact produced by Jaguar’s former parent, Ford Motor Co.  Now that the British maker – and its sibling Land Rover – are owned by India’s Tata Motors, a future Baby Jaguar would almost certainly feature an entirely unique platform, or a heavily modified version of the chassis used by the larger and more expensive Jaguar XF.

The British maker has confirmed that it plans to increase its line-up in a bid to boost what are admittedly marginal sales.  The all-new 2011 XJ marks the start of that campaign, but despite its hefty price tag, a luxury maker can rarely survive solely on large premium models.  In today’s highline market, mid- and compact products are the high-demand offerings, the BMW 3-Series proving the point.


A compact sports car, smaller than the current XK, is under development, Jaguar officials confirm.  But beyond that, the maker is being unusually cagey about future products.  In an interview with earlier this year, Jaguar’s managing director Mike O’Driscoll said there were no plans for a new Baby sedan, though his carefully worded comments didn’t rule out the possibility of changes to that strategy.

And since the hiring of former Opel boss Carl-Peter Forster as Tata’s chief executive, insiders say many changes are, indeed, being made.