Now that the classic English sports car Jaguar is in the hands of Indian entrepreneur Ratan Tata, the automaker’s future is looking pretty promising. With an all-new Jaguar XE on the way to compete with other compact sports cars like the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, things should get even better. The new XE is part of Jaguar’s plan to increase production to 100,000 units per year by 2015. This is an ambitious plan that also includes the all new 2010 XJ sedan and XJC coupe, a facelift for the four door sports car XF in 2011, an XE roadster for 2013 and new XF and XK models for 2014, and respectively 2015. But the best news will come next year when the automaker announces a new super car.
The 2013 Jaguar XE will be powered by a V6 that putts out a maximum output of 275 HP in naturally aspirated form and makes closer to 350 HP with the help of a supercharger. Reports also suggest that the upcoming XE will also be made as a hybrid variant. The gas/electric vehicle will use a much more efficient lithium ion battery pack, as opposed to today’s nickel based energy storage devices. Fans of high performance don’t fret, because Jaguar is also preparing a R version of the XE.