Jaguar revealed the XE sedan in 2014 after a long string of teases that nearly drove us nuts. In the UK, the XE is ready for action, but folks in the U.S. have to wait until the 2017 Jaguar XE arrives. As we get nearer to the American release of the XE, our spy photographers caught a special version of the upcoming sedan in a parking lot. This model had a badge with an “E” on a light-blue background and no visible exhaust pipes. Our thoughts immediately turned to this being either a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid version of the XE.
With BMW already entrenched in the compact luxury hybrid sedan realm with the ActiveHybrid 3, and Mercedes about to dive in with the 2016 C350 Plug-In Hybrid, it was only a matter of time before Jag dipped its toes in. The question is, what type of hybrid is this? Is it a plug-in hybrid or a standard hybrid? Maybe it’s not a hybrid at all and is actually a full-electric version of the XE. I really don’t know.
We should start learning more as time goes on.
Continue reading to learn more about the Jaguar XE-E and what I think is under the hood.
The development of the Bugatti killer from Britain has entered a critical stage that decides whether Jaguar’s newly developed hybrid system and the C-X75 project as a whole deserves the green light or no.
For the past three months, Jaguar has been testing the hybrid system on a test bed and is now confident enough to install it on a rolling chassis to create a working prototype. Now the anticipation meter is back to its highest point after months of silence.
When it was first revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Jaguar C-X75 featured two turbines that looked like rockets attached. Since Jaguar was gunning for the top-spot in performance, the rockets did make sense. But, they weren’t there to launch the car down the road like a Wile E. Coyote contraption; they were actually a pair of gas turbines to power the car once charge for the four wheel-mounted electric motors had expired.
What looked promising when Jaguar bragged about was later scrapped when the Leaping Jag announced the production of the hypercar in 2011.
The gas turbine system was replaced with a hybrid system that combined a 1.6-liter boosted engine that produced more than 500 horsepower and four insanely powerful electric motors powered by a highly sophisticated liquid- and air-cooled battery pack.
So far, the tests conducted on the hybrid system have been a success in the test bed but the real nail-biting situation will arise when Jag installs the system into a chassis to make a functional prototype.
If Jaguar succeeds this phase, then hypercar fans, start clearing your bedroom posters for space...
When Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 concept two years ago at the Paris Auto Show, a lot of people wondered how far the Big Cat was going to go in the development of the concept. After all, Jaguar has had a long absence in the super car market and many had doubts on whether the automaker was serious about entering a market that already had plenty of sharks in it.
The latest word to come out of Motor Trend is that Jaguar isn’t only serious about the C-X75, but serious enough to actually build 5 prototypes of the concept for the purpose of ’testing and development.’ The end-game? Build 200 models of the plug-in hybrid supercar.
Bob Joyce, Jaguar Land Rover’s group engineering director, talked with Motor Trend to discuss the company’s plans for the C-X75. "The business wants to put this car into volume production but it has to meet all its targets for positioning and price," Joyce said.
With that condition in mind, Jaguar is setting some pretty lofty goals for the supercar, including some pretty exciting performance numbers like hitting 0-60 mph in under three seconds and 0-100 mph in under six seconds. Of equal importance, considering its plug-in hybrid set-up, is that the supercar should have an EV range of 37 miles and Euro CO2 numbers of less than 100 grams per kilometer.
So if anybody still had any doubts about Jaguar’s plans for the C-X75, no less than a member of Jag’s senior management has put all those questions to rest.
Jaguar and Land Rover showed up to the Goodwood Festival of Speed ready to tackle naysayers with an ultra-low carbon XJ_e plug-in hybrid engineering research project. The goals of these automakers was to demonstrate how an advanced parallel plug-in hybrid design can deliver reductions in CO2 emissions of over 70% without impacting the car’s performance.
The new XJ_e research vehicle is powered by an advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) system that combines an efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine, with a 92 HP generator and a 12.8kWh Lithium Ion battery pack. It offers an electric-only range of 25 miles, and, in hybrid mode, can travel up to 679 miles with a fuel consumption of 87mpg. This can all be achieved while still hitting the 0-60 mph mark in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
Bob Joyce, Engineering Director, JLR, commented: "The XJ_e investigates how a 5.0-litre V8 engine could be replaced by an advanced 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain to deliver similar performance and refinement, but with CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km. While the XJ_e is an experimental project, it highlights that JLR customers can expect some exciting low-carbon products in the future."
Jaguar unveiled the very cool C-X75 concept supercar at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and since then, we have heard all kinds of rumors about a possible production version. According to Inside Line, the development of the hybrid supercar is moving fast, but don’t expect to see the gas-turbine setup from the Concept to show its face in the production version. The Jaguar C-X75 is being developed in cooperation with Cosworth and the Williams F1 team. Williams will be responsible for developing the car’s carbon-fiber tub and bodywork, as well as its hybrid driveline. The power setup will include the four electric motors attached one to each axle and a supercharged 1.6L four-cylinder gasoline engine that develops 313 HP. Those cool microturbines aren’t entirely gone though. Jaguar has put them in the Jaguar and will more than likely be using it to create "an experimental car" for track use only.
Engineers did come across a few problems when modifying the concept to production form. The Williams team had to do some extensive aerodynamic work on the body of the vehicle to make sure it could produce enough downforce to travel upside down at 120 mph. The engineers calculated that the C-X75 needed 1.562 square meters of air intake - much more than the car’s front end had. These aerodynamic requirements changed the design a little, says Jaguar’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark, with the C-X75 "looking more like a sculpture than a car, and more beautiful."
The production C-X75 will be limited to only 250 units, each priced at $1.15 million, and will be unveiled sometime next year. No dates were provided for the release of the experimental track-only C-X75.
There are so many auto shows throughout the course of the year that it’s hard to keep up with all of the cool concepts brought to each one. Then again, some of these concepts are so outlandish that they will never see the light of production day anyway, leaving us with the feeling of being offered a delectable chocolate cake only to be reminded of our New Year’s weight loss resolution.
Even if production chances are slim for some, concepts hold a special place in all of our hearts because of the attention to detail automakers put into them. Automakers use these concepts to put out just how much they are capable of doing and quite possibly may do on their future models.
From three different, color coordinated layers of information to V12 engines with spectacular power outputs, concepts have a way of getting underneath our skin and staying there until the production model is attained. This year, our choices are unmistakable and in no particular order: the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept, the Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept, and the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept.
Hit the jump for details on each of these imaginative concepts.
Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 Concept car at the 2010 Paris Auto Show to show everyone that they had plenty of potential left to uncover as an automaker. And, although the concept was a huge success and served its purpose, Jaguar still needed to prove that this potential prevailed in more than just a design study. Now, under Tata’s influential arm, Jaguar is looking into building "a more accessible variation of the C-X75 concept" and will do so sometime between 2013 and 2015 with 250 units of the crazy cool production version of the C-X75. The production model will be sport-based and will be built in conjunction with the Williams F1 team.
“We were always determined that the Jaguar C-X75 would be as striking on the road as it was in concept form,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars. “This will be the finest looking and most innovative Jaguar ever produced. Even in the world of supercars, we can still produce the most beautiful.”
The production C-X75 will still carry the four electric motors attached one to each axle, but the oh-so-cool jets mounted on the concept will be taken out and replaced with a supercharged 1.6L gasoline engine. Yes, we know the jets would have been awesome to see in a production model, but the specs for the C-X75 won’t disappoint anyone. Plus, we may still get to see the jets in a later production version since Tata owns a big stake in Bladon Jets. For now, we’ll stick to the phenomenal elements of the future C-X75.
UPDATE 07/25/2012: At a press gathering at Jaguar’s test facility in Gaydon, England in July 2012, the company announced that the production version C-X75 would be like no other supercar. Its four-cylinder engine will feature a displacement of just 1.6 liter, but the output will go up to an impressive 500 HP at an amazing 10,000 rpm. In order to develop such an amazing output, the engine will be equipped with direct fuel injection, supercharging, and turbocharging.
The engine will be mated to a seven-speed single clutch transmission and will either send its power to the rear wheels, or will generate power for the lithium-ion battery pack. The supercar will offer two driving modes: all-electric and hybrid. In electric mode, it will deliver an autonomy of 37 miles and in hybrid mode, it will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 200 mph.
Hit the jump for the full details on the Jaguar C-X75.
Like a leaping cat joining in on the fun of hunting prey, the auto industry’s resident feline is getting ready to jump on the hybrid supercar market, and it’s got BMW in its sights.
Jaguar is preparing to challenge the standing big boy of the market, BMW AG, with a hybrid supercar and the BMW 3-Series with an entry level sedan. Ever since Tata took control of both Jaguar and Land Rover, the former has become aggressive in reinventing their company to become a little less stiff and a little more cutting edge.
"The company now revolves around the JLR unit and not the other way around," said Ashvin Chotai, Managing Director for Intelligence Automotive Asia. "The next challenge for both the brands is to keep the product pipeline going and exploring new product segments."
Tata Motors plans to invest 1.5 billion pounds, or $2.5 billion at the current rates, annually in the development of over 40 new vehicles or upgrades at Jaguar and LandRover over the next five years. From the looks of things, one of Tata Motors’ first orders of business is building a hybrid supercar for Jaguar that will roar into the industry, claws out and ready to pounce on the competition.
As previously reported, Jaguar has been working to develop a hybrid model in response to the growing awareness for the environment, and the growing profit that will surely follow. At a Low Carbon Vehicle event in Millbrook, Jaguar presented a British-engineered flywheel hybrid XF that is rumored to come with an increase of 80 HP and a 20% fuel improvement.
The prototype comes with the Flywheel Hybrid System for Premium Vehicles (FHSPV) and is the result of a collaboration between British engineering specialists Flybrid Systems, Torotrak, Xtrac, and Prodrive, with some input from Ricardo. The composite flywheel is driven through a Torotrak/Xtrac CVT gearbox and can reach 60,000 rpm. The power to the wheel is controlled through a computer.
Along with the flywheel technology, Jaguar is also testing a start/stop system to collect the lost energy and reuse it upon start up. This will allow for fuel economy savings of up to 20%.
Project’s engineer Daniel Loftus said at the event: "The FHSPV is really an engineering due diligence exercise. We need to look at mechanical flywheels and see how they compare with electric hybrids. And then see if they have a production future."
In order for the Jaguar to carry the hybrid system, which weighs in at only 65 kilos, the company had to do away with about a quarter of the spare wheel well. However, the good news is that the system will also be suitable for the bigger and heavier vehicles in Jaguar’s family.
This project talks the talk to a tune of about £3 million, with £2.2m coming from the government’s Technology Strategy Board. Now, we have to wait to see if it can walk the walk, so to say.
Running on a hybrid has become an increasingly frequent option for a lot of car owners these days and with auto makers being quick to realize that the nature of the industry is now evolving, more and more of them are now launching hybrids in favor of fuel guzzling vehicles. And according to a recent report, it looks like those cats from Jaguar are getting ready to pounce on the hybrid market real soon.
According to Car Magazine, Jaguar will launch a hybrid in 2013 or 2014. Details are still a little sketchy, but it looks like the company’s hybrid specs will carry a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine, a 35 kW (47 hp / 48 PS) electric motor, and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
On their end, Peter Richings, Jaguar and Land Rover’s chief hybrid engineer, has said that when the time comes that they begin the process of building hybrid vehicles, they’re going to be looking at fitting a hybridized transmission on just about any vehicle in the Jaguar fleet that doesn’t fall under the X-Type.
Of course, considering Jaguar is no longer making the X-type, it really doesn’t matter if the hybrid technology can work as easily in its setup. Unless, Jaguar is thinking of bringing the X-type back in the future.
Jaguar will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show the hybrid version of the new XJ luxury sedan. The new XJ Limo-Green hybrid will compete with the hybrid versions of the Mercedes Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series.
The concept was developed in cooperation to the British government, Lotus and Caparo. It is powered by a 195 hp and 295 lbs-ftof torque electric motor combined to a 1.2-liter gasoline engine developed by Lotus. On a single charge the Limo-Green can travel up to 30 miles.
According to Anthony Harper, head of research at Jaguar Land Rover: "The technology is still in its infancy and there is still a lot of work to do before we can even think of production. The components aren’t at the right cost or quality yet you would expect of a Jaguar product, but the technology is there."
Production version will follow in 2011.
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.
The latest cat seems to want to reduced it’s waste. When Jaguar unveils its next XJ, there will likely be a hybrid version following not too far behind. This comes after the Indian-owned, but British produced company received funding from the European Union to develop green technology.
The hybrid system is rumored to be the same kind of plug in electric vehicle with a combustion engine backup as seen in cars like the future Chevrolet Volt. Each electric charge should get the luxury green machine 30 miles, and the total fuel economy is planned to go as high as 57 mpg. The engineering work is being assisted by another Brit now owned by a former-colony, Lotus.
This is all part of a larger plan to reduce all of Jagaur and sibling Land Rover’s emissions by twenty-five percent by 2012. Other plans include alloy bodyshells across the Range Rover line, as well as the next generation XF.
Is Jaguar working on its new hybrid platform technology? According to spy photographers who caught this new XK, the car was not nearly making the same amount of noise usually heard from the throaty V8 sports car. Also, Jaguar is rumored to be hard at work on green technology.
When the car pictured here was researched at the U.K.’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing agency, it was listed as having CO2 emissions of 0 g/km. But that more likely just confirms that this is a prototype and may not necessarily point to a hybrid. Either way, the car’s front and rear bumpers are both different from those of the current XK.
So, is this a hybrid? Or just a facelift version?