Now that Tesla has proven there’s a market for premium electric vehicles , more established manufacturers are scrambling to develop new platforms and drivetrains for electric cars. Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed it has a full-electric luxury car in the works , and Audi’s electric 2017 Audi Q6 E-Tron SUV is imminent. Now Jaguar Land Rover is getting in on the action with three new Concept_e research demonstrators that incorporate electric power.
Ford and what is now known as Jaguar Land Rover parted ways back in 2008, but it looks like the 2015 Ford F-150 could help open the door to more success for the British automaker here in the U.S. According to Automotive News, JLR CEO Ralf Speth said that JLR is looking to open a production facility here in the U.S., and the F-150’s heavy use of aluminum is expected to improve the supply and quality of the lightweight metal produced domestically. Most Jaguar and Land Rover models extensively use aluminum for chassis and body components.
This facility would likely produce between 30,000 and 40,000 units annually, and production would be for the local market rather than export. With that in mind, it makes sense that Speth confirmed that a U.S.-built Jaguar or Land Rover would be a “premium crossover.” There’s been a lot of news out of the JLR camp in regards to such utility vehicles, including the 2016 Discovery Sport, an upcoming convertible version of the Evoque and even Jaguar’s first-ever SUV, the F-Pace.
While Speth did not indicate where JLR is looking to build its new facility, the article suggested that Georgia – the state that recently landed the new North American headquarters of Mercedes-Benz – is currently a frontrunner.
Continue reading to learn more about JLR’s plans for a U.S. plant.
The brand-new, BMW 3 Series-fighting 2017 Jaguar XE will be built in China, making it the brand’s first model to be manufactured in the Asian country, Auto News reports. Speaking to Jaguar Land Rover global fleet director Ken Forbes, Automotive News Europe learned that the midsize premium sedan will be built alongside the Land Rover Evoque and land Rover Discovery Sport at the company’s assembly plant in Changshu. Although Jag declined to say when XE production would begin, since European sales of the XE start in May, the first sedans are expected to roll off the assembly line in the first half of 2015.
Jaguar’s decision — although not yet official — to make the XE the first China-built model isn’t surprising. According to JLR sales operations director Andy Goss, the XE is expected to help boost Chinese sales beyond the 20,000 units delivered throughout 2014. "Our spearhead vehicle for China is the XE and we think it could make significant inroads — it’s inevitable that’s going to be case," Goss said.
Even though the British automaker hasn’t confirmed whether it will build a long-wheelbase XE version, such a variant is very likely considering China’s demand for roomier interiors. Long-wheelbase versions of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are already popular in China and a stretched XE is obviously mandatory for the local market.
Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XE.
Things are looking more and more promising for Jaguar to bring a crossover utility into its lineup. The assurance comes from AutoGuide who interviewed Jaguar Land Rover North American marketing vice president Kim McCullough.
“[A] smaller crossover is an opportunity for the biggest growth. That’s the area that’s really exploding. Between that and the compact sedan segment, those are two big areas of white space for [Jaguar] that will provide the volume that’s so important as we look ahead,” McCullough said.
This comes after last year’s debut of the Jaguar C-X17 crossover concept. The beautifully designed vehicle was directly aimed at the BMW X5 and seemed all but ready to appear on dealer lots. Though we haven’t seen much of the C-X17 since its original showing at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, it appears Jaguar hasn’t forgotten about the project.
“We need to make sure that a business plan is in place that will allow for profitable, sustainable growth for the brand and that’s why filling some core white space opportunities will be critical,” McCullough continued.
With North America being Jaguar’s biggest sales region, it only makes sense to follow the current trend of the crossover craze. Adding such a vehicle will surely help Jaguar Land Rover meet its ambitious goal of selling 750,000 units per year by 2020. That’s a marked jump from the current 425,006 unites the automaker rolled out for 2013.
Also helping in the fight for growth will be Jags all-new XE sedan. The Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series fighter will hit showrooms for the 2016 model year, just as the current C-Class turns two years old and the 3 Series sits at five years old.
Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar’s future plans.
Jaguar’s got some really big plans for the future of the brand. Circle your calendars for 2017, fellas, because the Big Cat is expected to come out with a fresh, new look. Company insiders revealed Jag’s future plans to Edmunds, and if there’s any truth to what they’re saying, we can expect a game-changing design for the British automaker.
It’s hard not to get excited when people start throwing out words like "change" and "jolt," as if to say that we should all expect a dramatic new-look for Jag. But those were the words Edmunds’ sources used. Evidently, the arrival of the F-Type Roadster and the XE compact sedan didn’t “jolt” us enough.
The next-generation XJ was singled out as the model that will get the most changes out of Jag’s current lineup. That should give luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series, the Audi A8, and the Mercedes S-Class something to collectively worry about.
Although nothing has been confirmed yet, there’s also talk that a production model of the C-X17 crossover is being planned. In the event that it gets the production thumbs up, a production Jaguar crossover could receive an aluminum body and, more importantly, an engine range similar to what the XE has. Speaking of new models, Jaguar’s also discussing the possibility of a new “white-space” model range; a replacement for the recently departed XK, and a smaller model that could compete with the likes of the Mercedes CLA-Class and the Audi A3 sedan.
In other words, Jaguar’s planning to turn the auto world upside down, which is probably what Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, and Tom Hiddleston all talked about in those “British Villains” commercials earlier this year.
Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar’s future plans.
Things at Jaguar Land Rover have just gotten more interesting. The British car company has just announced its own skunk works department, called Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. The new division is charged with making high performance and ultra luxury editions of standard production Jaguar and Land Rover products on a bespoke, individual level.
Much like BMW Individual, Special Operations will build vehicles to specifications outside the normal assembly line ordering guide. Customers can order their choice of colors, interior amenities, trim packages, and add-on accessories. The shop will also handle the company’s limited-edition collectables that run with small production numbers.
Even more, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will work on vehicle restorations and servicing with parts gathered through salvage or recreation of specialized historic parts. The Heritage Team already has their first major project lined up. You may recall the six lightweight E-Types we reported Jaguar is building from parts left over from the 1960s.
The operation will be led by John Edwards and overseen by Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive. Paul Newsome, formerly of Williams Advanced Engineering, is heading up the team of designers and engineers under Edwards. In the media statement after the jump, Speth says the new Special Operations division was created in an effort to “reinforce the global reputation of both Jaguar and Land Rover in building exciting and desirable products.”
The Special Operations division will be located in the company’s new Technical Center, located in the West Midlands area of the UK, just outside the corporate headquarters and will employ some 150 team members.
Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations Division.
Initially earmarked for just North America, the track-focused, street-legal Jaguar XKR-S GT will now also be offered in the UK, albeit in limited quantities.
The irony of a British sports car only being offered in the U.S. and Canada notwithstanding, this latest development should be music to the ears of people in the UK, a lot of whom probably scratched their heads after Jaguar made the initial announcement the new sports car was only available across the pond.
But according to a release from Jaguar, the automaker had a change of heart, or at the very least, a change in priorities after strong demand from its homeland spurred the company to build and send 10 models of the XKR-S GT to the UK.
Strong demand has been the primary reason for Jaguar’s decision to not only send some models to the UK, but increase its total volume from the initial offering of 30 units - 25 in the US and five in Canada - to up to 50 units.
Each of these models will run £135,000 ($205,362) on the road, which, given the exclusivity of the sports car, appears to be money well-spent for anybody lucky enough to score one of the 10 models staying in the UK.
Click past the jump to read about the Jaguar XKR-S GT
You could say that the writing was on the wall longer than most of us were willing to accept it.
After all, it was an ambitious project to begin with, one that would undoubtedly cost Jaguar a ton of money. Sure, we were teased that the C-X75 supercar could end up being a production car, but in the end, that was all it was: a tease. Just as late as yesterday, reports were pointing toward the C-X75 heading into the next testing phase, but it apparently got the axe before it could hit that phase.
That much was made clear by Jaguar’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark after confirming to Autocar UK what a lot of us assumed would happen: production of the C-X75 has been scrapped. Jaguar made the decision to stop production in large part because of the current economic crisis gripping the world today. With the unpredictability of the economy, it didn’t seem like the smartest of business move to push forward with a million-dollar supercar given the unpredictability of the economy.
"We feel we could make the car work, but looking at the global austerity measures in place now, it seems the wrong time to launch an £800,000 to £1 million supercar," Hallmark told Autocar.
It’s a disappointing but, ultimately, understandable decision. It’s a decision that Jaguar had to make to protect its bottom line. We can’t fault them for that. In the meantime, the five existing prototypes of the C-X75 will not go to waste. Three are expected to hit auction blocks soon while one will be sent to a future Jaguar museum. As for the last model, Jaguar’s keeping that for testing and (possibly) further development of the supercar.
Hallmark also said that the technologies developed into designing the C-X75 will be used by the company in developing future models, including the supercar’s hybrid technology, which the company said could eventually find its way on a three-cylinder engine in order to give it the power equivalent to a six-cylinder engine.
It’s a sad day for everybody looking forward to the C-X75. But you can’t fight an unpredictable global economy and Jaguar is doing the right thing axing production of the supercar. Let’s just hope that they don’t lock up the C-X75 for good and throw away the key.
Phew, talk about a quick change of direction…
The new Jaguar F-Type generated a ton of buzz even before it was officially unveiled in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. It is scheduled to go on sale in 2013, but even though its release is still months away, Jaguar has already received a total of 2,000 orders for the F-Type — about a third of the 6,000 to 7,000 units Jaguar plans to develop next year.
According to Jaguar, this will not propel the company back to its impressive 140,000 units it sold in 2007, but it will certainly help it to achieve its future sales target of 10,000 F-Types sold annually by 2014.
In the U.S. market, prices for the F-Type Roadster will range from $69,000 for the base model to upwards of $92,000 for the V8 S version. The F-Type Roadster will have a choice of two engines: a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, which delivers 340 to 380 horsepower, or a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 495 horsepower.
Like the actual jaguars that rely on four legs to mobilize, automaker Jaguar has introduced all-wheel-drive versions of their XJ and XF models in selected markets, alongside stars Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan, and figure skater Johnny Weir. The ironic thing is that the UK - Jaguar’s homeland - isn’t expected to be one of these markets as strong competition from other automakers has limited the company from increasing its 5% share of the luxury saloon market.
In any case, the XJ and XF models will retain all of their technical specs with the exception of some significant changes to the drive system, which will now use an all-wheel-drive system that will split torque equally between the front and rear wheels. Most of its power, though, will still be directed to the rear wheels in standard conditions in order to maximize the car’s overall efficiency.
In addition, the ’AWD’-badged XJ and XF models will also get the treat of receiving the company’s new 3.0-liter supercharged engine with 335 horsepower on tap and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine, according to Jaguar, will see an increase in efficiency - about 5% - from the current 5.0-liter V8s that are fitted into the current model. The more efficient powertrain will also see an improved mileage of 29 miles to the gallon. Finally, the car’s suspension set-up will also be tinkered with in order to retain the same driving feel as that of its rear-wheel-drive counterparts.
With the UK out of the question, Jaguar is looking at other markets to bring the ’AWD’ XF and XJ models, including North America, Russia, China and Continental Europe.
We’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the new Jaguar F-Type, which is due for unveiling at the Paris Auto show on September 29th through October 14th. Sightings of the F-Type have been plentiful, but it is heavily disguised in an F-Laden wrap, leaving just enough to the imagination to have us intrigued.
Well, Jaguar decided to toss us a little teaser in the form of a video, which you can see above, roughly a month before the car’s unveiling. The video has the F-Type on center stage and Jag engineer, Ian Hoban, playing a supporting role as the narrator. He proceeds to remind the world of something that has gotten lost lately: what a true sports car is. It’s not a big bundle of muscle, it is a manageable car with high power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio. It’s also responsive, and handles and brakes on demand.
Hoban claims that the F-Type will live up to what the definition of a true sports car really is. The F-Type will meet this sports car definition using a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 or a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine – the latter engine already exists in Jaguar’s lineup. Power will head to the rear wheels via a shift-happy 8-speed transmission. The F-Type will also help save a little fuel, as it will boast start-and-stop technology.
The video really gives us a good listen to the throaty pitch that the new F-Type will deliver. We gotta say that so far, we are rather impressed by it. The guise that it wears, however, seems to show us a fairly bland and pretty typical Jaguar body. We’ll see what the final result in next month and then make a final judgment on it. Until then, thanks for the ear candy, Jaguar!
Click past the jump to read Jaguar’s press release.
We recently took a closer look at the replacement of V-8s with supercharged and turbocharged 6-cylinders, and we determined that the V-8 is a thing of the past, for the most part. We also made it clear that top-live cars will continue offering V-8 options, but we also anticipated that standard V-8s would slowly disappear in these models too. Well, it looks as if Jaguar received that memo, as it is axing the standard V-8 in the XF sedan.
Taking its place at the base of the XF lineup is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is a Ford design, that pumps out 240 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. The changes don’t stop there on the 2013 XF, as Jaguar is also adding in an optional 3.0-liter V-6 with a supercharger that punches out 340 ponies and 332 pound-feet of torque. The XF will still have its trio of V-8 engines available as options, so if you are looking for a little more oomph you can opt for one of the V-8s, which crank out between 385 and 510 horsepower.
These two new engines expand Jaguar’s competition against the likes of the BMW 528i and the Audi A6 2.0T. The BMW 528i’s base 2.0-liter boosted 4-banger cranks out the same horsepower as the upcoming 4-cylinder XF, but in the torque game, the 528i comes up about 9 foot-pounds higher than the XF. The A6 2.0T, on the other hand, matches the XF’s 240 ponies but falls flat in torque, as it gives up a full 40 foot-pounds to the XF.
This new 6-cylinder in the XF also gives Audi’s A6 3.0T and BMW’s 535i a run for their money. The Audi comes in 30 horsepower and 22 pound-feet short of the XF, while the BMW comes in giving up 40 horsepower and 32 pound-feet to the XF.
So needless to say, Jaguar means serious business now, as it has an engine for the XF to compete with, and even crush, the competition. That’s something we haven’t seen from Jaguar in a long time. It’s good to see Jag back to its old form.