We’ve all been waiting for the production version of the Jaguar C-X16 concept unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but those waiting for it to be called the XE may be in for a surprise. Jaguar has recently filled a patent at the U.S. Patent Office for the "C-XE" moniker which is leading people to believe that the next sports car will use that name instead. It is also believed that the roadster version will be called the R-XE. The only problem is that the "R" letter in the Jaguar world usually refers to a high performance sports car.
The new C-XE sports car will be revealed in 2012 and will feature a design language that falls in line with all of the latest Jaguar models. The Roadster will be built on the same platform as the XK , so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same package from the XKR-S in the upcoming model.
The 2012 Jaguar C-XE will be powered by a range of V6 engines, and a V8 for the top R version. The hybrid powertrain from the C-X16 concept has also been rumored to be used for the production model.
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