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.