In a recent statement, Tata Motors CEO Carl-Peter Forster confirmed that Jaguar is indeed working on a replacement for the X-Type and the long-awaited "F-Type" roadster. Production version of the F-Type will be called XE and, as previously reported , will be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Both models will be offered in several variations. Forster also announced that Jaguar is currently testing an estate version for the XF luxury sedan.
All he said about the X-Type replacement is that it will be built on a new generation medium-size rear-drive aluminum platform, that will also be used for the XE and the replacement for today’s XF.
The XE will be built on an all-new aluminum platform and will be powered by a V8 petrol engine with 385hp in a naturally aspired version and 510 hp in the supercharged version. Reports also suggest that the upcoming XE will 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.