Before the C-X16 Concept ever made it to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with an aim "to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology," there were already rumors circulating that Jaguar was working on a new XE model. Recently, an XE prototype was caught testing with a design language similar to that of the C-X16, cementing the idea that the concept was just a starting off point to gauge interest in the new sports car.
The XE prototype was seen with a soft top, as opposed to the retractable hard top that was first thought to be featured. This, as well as the rest of the design language, falls in line with all of the latest Jaguar models, but advances with the look of the C-X16. The XE will be available in Coupe and Roadster models. They 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. As for the engine lineup, the XE will feature a range of V6 engines, and a V8 for the top R version.
Expect the new XE model to be launched sometime next year as a direct competitor for models like the Porsche 911 .
The Jaguar C-X16 Concept may be catching the eyes of many at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but over in the European Alps, Jaguar engineers are working the kinks out of the production version of this concept: the Jaguar XE . The XE will be debuting sometime next year and will be offered in both coupe and roadster versions, with the roadster debuting ahead of the coupe. After both of those models come out, a GT3 version for the coupe will also show its face. Maybe we’ll get lucky and get R and R-S versions as well.
Either way, the new Jaguar XE will be built on the same platform as the current XK sports car and will be powered by a 3.0 liter V6 made entirely of aluminum and delivering some 380 HP. Jaguar has promised that the XE will be a true two-seater sportscar with plans to hunt down models like the Porsche 911 .
Lofty goals aside, the new Jaguar XE will fit in nicely with the Porsche clan by offering a price tag that falls somewhere between the Boxster , the Cayman , and the 911 .
The 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show is still over a month away, but automakers are beginning to feed information to the press to draw in visitors. One such semi-confirmed rumor is this: Jaguar is expected to show a new sports car concept in Frankfurt, and that car is said to form the highlight of Jaguar’s exhibit at the show. While Jaguar steadfastly refused to either confirm or deny rumors, it’s likely that the new car will be a smaller, less expensive alternative to the current Jaguar XK.
To grow sales, Jaguar has long wanted a car that could compete with the likes of the Porsche Boxster or the Infiniti G37 Convertible . If British auto magazine Autocar is correct, the car that Jaguar is showing at Frankfurt has been in development for quite some time, and “will blow the rest of the industry away” when it is revealed.
Rumored to be called the Jaguar XE , the car will likely use a V-6 engine with twin sequential turbochargers. Horsepower or performance numbers are anyone’s guess, but to make a big enough wave in the industry, the XE would need to cost less than the Porsche Boxster while providing noticeably better acceleration, braking and handling. That’s a tall order, especially when you’re comparing a front-engine, rear drive car to a mid-engine, rear drive car that’s known to be among the world’s best-handling.
Jaguar’s own official statement on the matter is typically British, with a company spokesman saying simply, “Jaguar has bold plans for the future, the next stage of which will be revealed at the Frankfurt show. We are likely to have a concept car to announce there.”
In other words, look for the revolutionary new Jaguar XE to debut in concept form at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show.
Jaguar ’s long rumored XE model is finally making its way towards production as confirmed with the newest spy shots of the small roadster. First thought to be dropped due to struggling sales, the XE project has been seen spot testing with almost zero camouflage, and we like what we see.
The retractable hard top that was first thought to featured on the XE is obviously vacant, and a soft top can be found in its place. This, as well as the rest of the design language, 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. As for the engine lineup, the XE will feature a range of V6 engines, and a V8 for the top R version.
Expect the new XE model to be launched sometime next year as a direct competitor for models like the Porsche 911 .
UPDATE 09/19/2011: The production version of the Jaguar C-X16 concept has been caught testing in the European Alps. The production version, rumored to be called XE will be offered in both roadster and coupe versions, with the coupe also getting a GT3 version.
UPDATE 10/24/2011: 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.
While talking about the company’s future plans, Karl-Peter Forster and Ralph Speth confirmed that the XE sports roadster will make its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show . This is exactly 50 years after the debut of the XKE which it is reputed to be the spiritual successor. Jaguar will unveil it as a roadster first, but a coupe version will follow.
The 2013 Jaguar 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. Fans of high performance don’t fret, because Jaguar is also preparing an R version of the XE.
As announced previously Jaguar is preparing to reveal a successor for the E-Type. Called XE, the new model will be a competitor for models like Mercedes SLK and Porsche Boxster and will make its official debut in 2010 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The German magazine AutoBild reports that the 2011 XE Roadster will "continue the new design line with a fierce look and a distinctive front grille."
The XE will be built on an all-new aluminum platform and will be powered by a V8 petrol engine with 385hp in naturally aspired version and 510 hp in the supercharged version.
At any point in the future where you see yourself in front of a 2013 Jaguar XE , you should know that it was well worth the wait.
Despite the fact that it’s still a few years from now, the new Jaguar compact sports car is poised to take the XE line to new and unprecedented heights. With a lightweight, 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s capable of churning out as much as 450 horsepower, Jaguar is wasting no time in preparing the world for the new two-plus seater 2013 XE.
Together with the new XK, Jaguar is set to release a canvas top roadster of the XE, which will then be followed by a coupe version, allowing for prospective buyers to choose what style of the XE they prefer.
As it stands, the company is expected to release 60,000 units of both the
2013 XE and the XK, an optimistic number for a company that struggled to make any kind of dent on car sales this year.
After struggling with sales for the better part of the 2009, Jaguar is pegging 2013 as a big year for them and releasing a preview of what’s in store for customers is a sign that the Tata-owned luxury brand is hell bent on returning to its rightful place on top of any car enthusiast’s wish list.
Judging from the way the car looks – and the rumored engine it’s
supposed to come in – the 2013 XE just may be the car Jaguar is looking for to jumpstart its fledgling brand.
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.
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 ’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.
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.