Jaguar XE

Jaguar XE

You may already know that Jaguar is preparing for the launch of the XE in 2012. Next to the V6 and V8 engines, the XE chassis will also be offered with a gas sipping 3 cylinder gas/electric hybrid version, set up similarly to Chevrolet Chevrolet ’s upcoming Volt EV. The first concept version of this forward thinking hybrid sports car should make its Auto Show debut sometime in 2010; with this model Tata aims to compete directly with other electric roadsters builders like Tesla and Fisker.

Expect the 2011 XE Hybrid to be powered by a lithium ion battery pack, as opposed to today’s nickel based energy storage devices. The small displacement motor will act mainly to recharge the batteries which they will run off of most of the time, just like General Motors’ car of tomorrow. Good news for the petrol heads in the audience, the traditionally powered modern day E Type is expected to have Jaguar’s new 5.0 Litre V8 engine, making 385 HP, while a 510 HP supercharged version is expected to make an appearance under the range topping sport model.

This electrifying news comes after a report back in April that said Jaguar had an electric Jaguar XJ in the works for 2010, in which the now Indian owned company could benefit from a sizable sack of cash from the British Government.

Source: Autoweek.nl

We are really loving the news that comes out of Jaguar lately. Parent company CEO Ratan Tata really seems to get how to fight an economic slowdown. "I don’t believe we can afford to emerge from the recession as we are," he Autocar recently. "We need to emerge with something shiny and new, which is why we are re-prioritizing the roadster right now."

The new sports car is expected to be called the XE , and may be aimed as direct competitor for the Porsche 911. The car may not take too long to go from concept to production because Jaguar only has a limited supply of parts. That mean the XE will used a modified version of the platform already in use for the XF, XK and future XJ . The engine in use would also likely be either an naturally aspirated or supercharged version of the new 5.0-liter V8 that is in use throughout the Jaguar range (currently making between 385 and 510 hp). What will be exclusive to the new XE will be a new version of Jag’s sultry styling.

We haven’t gotten word yet on when we’ll see the new roadster from Jaguar. We do know that the new XJ is first in line, and that will likely be shown at Frankfurt in September.

Source: MotorTrend

Lotus doesn’t just make its own cars, its also an engineering firm. Lotus’ hands have given the Delorean its only redeeming quality (the handling), and even turned a Lada Riva into a track-ready racer for the guys at Top Gear. So it’s no surprise that Lotus would give its fellow countrymen at Jaguar the occasional turn of the wrench.

It’s now being reported that Jaguar is using Lotus’ resources in the development of the XE roadster. “They’re sending data to Lotus Engineering on Jaguar’s behalf,” said a well-placed source.

Jaguar is looking to use an aluminum chassis on the future XE. While Jaguar is familiar with using the lightweight alloy on the XJ , Lotus has become an expert at it (including giving Aston Martin a hand with the Vanquish ). This would also not be the first time the two companies have teamed up. Lotus was onboard last summer to help create the super sharp, U.K.-only Jaguar XKR-S .

Source: AutoCar

Last week the rumors of a future Jaguar supercar caught us by so much suprise, we had to use pics from a 2001 concept to come close to a vision of the car. Now AutoExpress has taken the modern look of Jaguar and applied it to the mid-engined coupe specs that are rumored to be on the Audi R8 fighter.

The new model should be called the XE and will be built on an all-new aluminum chassis. The car utilize the newly enlarged 5.0-liter V8 engine, which makes at least 510 hp in supercharged form (same one from the XFR ). This car could have the ability to make the 0 to 60 sprint in less than four seconds. Also if Jag wants to do a little minor engine tweaking, it may be able to get the same 225 mph speed out of this super-sleek cat as it did with the XFR at Bonneville.

Source: AutoExpress

Rumors about a 911 competitor from Jaguar have been circulating for quite a while now. Well, Jaguar is now one step closer when it trademarked the C-XE and C-XJ names. The C-XJ is the name of the concept version of the future generation XJ sedan. The C-XE should be the name of the a concept of a two-seat sports car called XE that is set to be revealed in 2012.

Jaguar may be looking to go further into the sports car market now that Ford is no longer in the picture. As a part of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, Jaguar Jaguar was stopped from making certain sports cars so it would not cannibalize sales from Aston Martin. Now that Jaguar is owned by Tata, it has no performance ceiling.

Source: Autoblog.it

Is not the first time your hear about a production version of the Jaguar F-Type Concept. But now, thanks to AutoCar, we can reveal the name of the production version: XE, a two-seat, £40k sports car that is currently in the design and planning stages and will be developed for a 2012 launch.

The future sportscar, codenamed Project X700 will be built on either XF or the XK platform and will be a serious competition for the Porsche 911.

More about the Jaguar F-Type Concept.

Source: AutoCar

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