Jaguar

Jaguar is a premium automaker whose historic resonance is matched by few others. What we today know as Jaguar Cars started out in 1922 as the Swallow Sidecar Company, which later became S.S. Cars Limited. The name Jaguar was first used in September 1935, although not for the entire company, but rather for a specific sports saloon model on sale back then; the company's name was officially changed to Jaguar in 1945, as per famed chairman Sir William Lyons' decision - he remarked that “Unlike the S. S. name, Jaguar is distinctive and cannot be connected or confused with any similar foreign name." The Coventry, UK-based automaker really made a name for itself after the Second World War with the now iconic XK120, Mark 2, Mark VII, the oh-so famous and widely acclaimed E-Type and more recently the XJ220 supercar (among others). Over the years, it was owned by the British Motor Corporation, then it was independent for a while, and in 1999 it officially became part of the Ford Motor Company. This lasted until 2007, when the Blue Oval announced its intention to sell Jaguar (as well as Land Rover which it also owned at the time) and this happened in 2008. The company that bought it then, India's Tata Motors, still owns both Jaguar and Land Rover to this day. Under Tata ownership, Jaguar got a new lease of life and the company started performing better than before - the cars developed under Ford's ownership didn't represent Jaguar's happiest hour (the front-wheel drive Ford Mondeo-based X-Type or the 1999 S-Type that hasn't really aged very well at all stand testament to that). With Tata at Jaguar's helm, the company went through a major transformation, ditching its traditionalist approach in search of a new modern direction, one it vowed to pursue without losing its ethos or negating its rich heritage.

2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Jaguar XE

The 2020 Jaguar XE is the facelift version of the compact sedan that the British company unveiled in 2015. Aimed at premium four-door cars like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4, the XE is the spiritual successor of the X-Type, discontinued in 2009. The 2020 Jaguar XE features a sportier exterior, a revised interior with new technology, and provides better value in certain trims.

Launched in 2015, the XE was starting to fall behind the competition. The BMW 3 Series is brand-new for 2019, while the Audi A4 is a bit newer. With Mercedes-Benz having upgraded the C-Class for 2018, the XE remained the oldest of the four, so this facelift was more than necessary. Sportier than before, the XE now offers extra standard equipment and notably more technology. The engine lineup remains unchanged aside from a revised diesel mill that complies with upcoming emission restrictions.

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2020 Jaguar XE Shows New Face and Changes Diesel Lineup Ahead of Geneva Debut

2020 Jaguar XE Shows New Face and Changes Diesel Lineup Ahead of Geneva Debut

It’s not an all-new model, but it’s so much better than the outgoing model

Jaguar knew that while it did get the driving experience right in its XE baby executive sedan, there were many other areas that could have been significantly improved. Now that the time has come for the XE’s midlife cycle refresh, the automaker has addressed these concerns and now promises its smallest three-box model is far more well-rounded and just better overall.

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2020 Mercedes CLA vs 2019 Jaguar XE

2020 Mercedes CLA vs 2019 Jaguar XE

’British finesse’ versus ’German quality’ and other cliches going head to head

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA aims to hit above its weight on a regular basis, eyeing compact sedans that are usually the prey of the bigger C-Class. It only makes sense, then, to compare it with Jaguar’s own luxury compact sedan that wants a piece of the C-Class’ and 3-Series’ market, namely the XE. Can Jaguar hold its own against the latest coupe sedan with the three-pointed star on the nose?

Right off the bat, we have to point out that Jaguar will introduce a facelift to the XE at some point this year that will not only include a more aggressive look but also address some of the issues inside the cabin like the lesser materials used on the current version. However, as the revamped XE isn’t here yet, we’ll only talk about the one that’s on the market today that looks and feels about the same as it did back in 2016 when it was introduced. Let’s see if the four-year gap between these two cars is visible.

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1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 2+2

1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 2+2

The E-Type that gets the least amount of love

The Jaguar E-Type Series 3 is the ugly duckling of the E-Type family as well as the swansong of the legendary car. It was produced between 1971 and 1975 and came with further body modifications that make it less desirable today than an early S1 example. The S3 you see here was restored and subtly upgraded by E-Type UK, one of the top Jaguar E-Type specialists in the world.

By the dawn of the ’70s, the E-Type was very much like an aging rock star. It’s past its best days but still soldiering on with the same party tricks that made it a hit when it first appeared on the scene. However, the 4.2-liter, inline-six, XK engine was finally showing its age thanks to a string of tougher emission regulations that gradually lowered the power output. Jaguar needed to perform a heart transplant on their legendary sports car and decided their best bet would be the V-12 engine that was originally designed for the XJ sedan. The result wasn’t the much-hyped F-Type (as pundits at the time suggested the new Jag sports car would be called) but the E-Type S3.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Jaguar F-Type Checkered Flag Limited Edition Coupe

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Jaguar F-Type Checkered Flag Limited Edition Coupe

There’s no denying that the Jaguar F-Type is one hell of a sports coupe, but Checkered Flag Limited Edition model comes to celebrate Jaguars 70th anniversary, and it does so in elegant fashion. Based atop the R-Dynamic trim, Jaguar decked it out even further by throwing in a black roof, tons of badging, and an exclusive pair of 20-inch wheels that look, well, amazing. Three body colors are available, and the options don’t stop there. You can actually choose between the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or the 3.0-liter V-6. That means you can have either 296 ponies screaming under the hood or 380 ponies. Those translate to a 5.4-second sprint to 60 mph or a 4.9-second sprint to the same benchmark, respectively. The larger engine will also get you to a heart-palpitating 171 mph. With all of this in mind, we thought we’d help honor Jag’s 70th anniversary by making this limited edition our wallpaper of the day. Check out our favorite shot of this limited-edition beaut or slide on down to the gallery for more great options.

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2019 Jaguar F-TYPE Checkered Flag Limited Edition Coupe

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE Checkered Flag Limited Edition Coupe

The Big Cat brings out its special edition claws to celebrate its 70th anniversary

Jaguar is rolling out the special-edition goods with the arrival of the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition. Based on the coupé and convertible versions of the Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic trim, the Chequered Flag Limited Edition is a celebration of the Big Cat’s history and lineage of sports cars that earnestly began with the arrival of the XK 120 back in 1948. In keeping with a number of past Jaguar F-TYPE special editions, the Chequered Flag Limited Edition mostly comes with exclusive cosmetic touches inside and out. It features a black roof, a new set of exclusive wheels, and enough badges to drive home the point that this is an exclusive 380-horsepower kitty that pays homage to its heritage. The Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag Edition is available in the U.S. market at a starting price of $71,900.

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Santa's Exotic and Luxurious Sleighs

Santa’s Exotic and Luxurious Sleighs

Moving in Style

Nobody really knows how often Santa upgrades his sleigh, but what if he wanted to shop for a new model altogether? Well, over the past five or six years, publications like Car Magazine have challenged automakers to design a new sleigh for Santa. Automakers like Bentley, Land Rover, and even Vauxhall have designed new sleighs for Santa in the past, so needless to say, Santa has had a lot to choose from.

I don’t recall seeing any designs last year, and have only seen one this year. But, when you consider the long list of available sleighs at his disposal, there are still at least a few on standby, just waiting to be plucked from some secret, magical garage that is undoubtedly located somewhere at the North Pole.

Since we haven’t seen too many fresh designs for the 2015, I decided to revisit a few of the sleighs created in the years past. Most of the sleighs are exotic, or out of this world – and one even looks like a fighter jet – but why wouldn’t Santa take advantage of all the latest technology? You may have seen one or two of the designs in the past, but it’s always fun to revisit things like this during the holidays. Which of the following sleighs do you think Santa is going to use this year?

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Throwback: Jaguar-Designed "F-Sleigh" For Santa

Throwback: Jaguar-Designed "F-Sleigh" For Santa

Because Santa Needs Style

Santa Claus has a pretty unenviable job, even if it means he only has to work for one day out of the entire year. Can you imagine being dormant for 364 days in preparation for that one day where you have to go to millions of miles to drop off presents to the world’s children? It’s a daunting task that I wouldn’t want on my plate. But, Santa’s a real trooper, and if there’s a way a company like Jaguar Land Rover can help good ol’ Saint Nick, it’s going to take the opportunity to do so.

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Men In Black International Gives the Lexus RC F and Jaguar XJ6 Some Much-Needed Screen Time

Men In Black International Gives the Lexus RC F and Jaguar XJ6 Some Much-Needed Screen Time

I love the franchise, but car being used as a gun-rack is absolutely ridiculous

Before I start getting butthurt messages from MIB fans, let me make it clear – this write-up focuses only on the eight seconds of the 165-second long trailer; the eight seconds where the creativity of the scene writers will make you pull out a gun from the car’s muffler and shoot yourself. Don’t get the pun? Well, finish reading the article and you will.

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Cars That We Can't Wait to See in 2019

Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019

There are so many that we just don’t know what to do

What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.

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The Jaguar I-Pace fails emergency braking test

The Jaguar I-Pace fails emergency braking test

The test was organized by a Norwegian publication and the Jag was last out of 25 cars

The Jaguar I-Pace is the first all-electric SUV from the legendary British manufacturer and, while it is filled with high-end technology to the brim, it seems to fall short in one important area: accident prevention. More precisely, it seems that the car’s automatic emergency braking system, or AEB, only hits the brakes when the car is running at an extremely low speed.

Norwegian publication Dinside 20 år gathered 29 cars (four others didn’t have AEB systems at all) to test their ability to stop at speed if an obstacle appears in front of them and the person behind the wheel does absolutely nothing. The publication tested all 25 cars that did have this safety feature which should, on paper, apply the brakes when it determines that the driver won’t take any sort of evasive action. However, the system inside the Jaguar I-Pace proved lackluster which is all the more intriguing considering the fact that it worked fine on the E-Pace.

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Series Elite Launches One-Make Race Series For "Mature" Drivers

Series Elite Launches One-Make Race Series For "Mature" Drivers

All you have to do is be rich and old to join in on the new one-make series

Are you of the opinion that there’s entirely too much young blood in motorsport? Are you tired of seeing 16-year-olds drive with audacious precision, incredible consistency and pace and humiliate the old and experienced? Well, now, the old have a place of their own: the Series Elite one-make championship for drivers over 50 years of age.

Jaguar is barely getting the I-Pace eTrophy series off the ground, one that’s supposed to give Formula E race-goers a little more bang for their buck. At the same time, a private initiative called Series Elite is trying to increase Jaguar’s footprint in racing by launching its own championship using Jaguar XE SV Project 8 cars. It’s supposed to be a series centered around wealthy gentleman drivers who are at least 50 years old and want to bang door handles in Jaguar’s most extreme sedan to date.

Series Elite expects to have a grid of 20 "mature drivers", as they put it, by the time the series kicks off next May. The 20 XE SV Project 8s that will be put to work by the 20 well-to-be adrenaline junkies are set to be slightly modified for track use but Series Elite stated that they can be turned back to the road legal specification quite quickly.

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What is the Cheapest Jaguar?

The cheapest Jaguar you can buy right now in the US is the XE sedan, available from $36,995. It’s Jaguar’s rival for the BMW 3 Series and what it brings to the table are razor sharp handling (among the best-in-class), sleek, sporty exterior design and a surprisingly comfortable ride. Its biggest downfall was always the cramped interior, though, which, before the recent facelift, didn’t feel especially premium - it had a low rent feel compared to premium rivals. This has been addressed with the recent refresh, but there’s nothing Jaguar could do about the mildly claustrophobic feel that occupants get inside.

What is the Sportiest Jaguar?

The sportiest series production Jaguar currently on sale has to be the F-Type. As its name suggests, its makers intended for it to be the spiritual successor to the highly acclaimed E-Type of the 1960s. It is a traditional coupe, with its longitudinally-positioned engine sending its power to the rear wheels (or to all four, depending on which version you go for). It is available as either a coupe or a convertible, powered by four-, six- or eight-cylinder engines, so it caters to a wide range of potential buyers. Jaguar also builds some limited series models that are sportier than the standard F-Tye, though, like the F-Type Project 7 (only 250 made) or the bonkers XE SV Project 8 (just 300 will be made), which is the most powerful road-going Jaguar ever (more powerful than the XJ220 supercar of the 1990s).

What is the Most Popular Jaguar?

Given that SUVs and crossovers are hugely popular these days, you’d think that the most popular Jaguar model is a high-rider. And you’d be right, because it’s the F-Pace, the larger of the company’s two available SUV models. Its sales peak was in 2017, when a total of 76,350 units were sold worldwide. The XE and XF sedans are also fairly popular too, selling 30,000 to 40,000 units per year each. Jaguar’s smallest SUV, the E-Pace, sold 42,186 units in 2018, its first full year on sale. The company’s first all-electric vehicle, the i-Pace sold just over 5,000 units in 2018 (also its first full year on sale).

What is the Most Expensive Jaguar?

Believe it or not, the most expensive Jaguar you can currently buy new is an all-electric version of the classic E-Type (called E-Type Zero). The price is quite astronomical, though - close to $1.1-million. The second most expensive new Jag is the XE SV Project 8, an extreme track-focused version of the XE with 592 horsepower which will set you back from $189,000. Aside from these two rather special vehicles, the most expensive regular production car is the top-spec version of the XJ. Called the XJR575, it packs 575 horsepower and has a starting price of just over $123,000.

What is the Fastest Jaguar?

The fastest Jaguar on sale right now is the XE SV Project 8. Its supercharged V-8 puts out 592 horsepower, has a claimed sprint time from naught to 60 mph of 3.3 seconds and its top speed is 200 mph (322 km/h). It’s not the fastest road-going Jaguar ever, though, as that distinction will probably remain with the early-to-mid 1990s Jaguar XJ220, a proper mid-engined supercar whose top speed was recorded at 212.3 mph (341.7 km/h). It’s unlikely that another production Jag (that we know of) will ever come close to beating it, especially since the automaker’s last attempt at making a supercar, the C-X75, failed. It was a vehicle with a top speed of 220 mph (354 km/h), but it was killed close to the end of its development cycle with no sign that anything similar might be undertaken in the near future.

Are Jaguar Cars Reliable?

Jaguar reliability is a mixed bag, so owner experiences do vary quite dramatically. There are many quite vocal current (and now former) Jaguar owners who express their dissatisfaction on forums, and even though most say the cars themselves aren’t inherently bad (they praise them for being beautiful and very good to drive); they report very frequent problems with their car - opinions seem to be mostly negative, although there are still plenty of owners out there who are generally pleased with their purchase. Main problems reported by owners have to do with the drivetrain, electronics as well as frequent squeaks, rattles and leaks.