Watch Out Tesla - the Jaguar XJ Will Go All-Electric in 2019!
The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968. In that time, it has soldiered on as the company’s resident flagship. Generation after generation of XJs have filled our streets, but a new report claims that Jag is looking to reinvent the next-generation XJ into something it has never been in its 50-year existence: an electric car.
Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Sets Nurburgring Record for Sedans
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the fastest production sedan on the Nurburgring track. Jaguar unveiled today that the XE SV Project 8, its high-performance four-door based on the compact XE, has set a new record on the German track known as the "Green Hell." The British sedan lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife course in 7:21.23 minutes, a whopping 11 seconds quicker than the previous record holder, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV.
2018 Jaguar XJR575
The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968 and has been Jaguar’s prized flagship for the last 47 years. Over the years, it has seen three generational shifts, if you don’t count the various series’ produced within each generation. The current and fourth generation has been around since 2009, so it’s getting a little long in the tooth. It still looks good, though, and is fairly modern, with an update taking place for 2017 that brought some new technology, a revised exterior look, and a number of new trim levels to choose from. Jaguar has chosen to forgo the generational shift just yet, but for 2018, the XJ does get a new update in the form of a brand new trim level that brings a 5.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet – enough to get the new XJR575 up to its top speed of 186 mph in just 44 seconds while the sprint to 60 mph takes just 4.4 seconds, making the XJR575 the fasted and most powerful road-going production Jaguar to date.
Along with the new trim level, the XJ line also gets some new intelligent safety features and technology that includes a 10-inch touchscreen display, new infotainment operating system, forward traffic detection, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, and drive condition monitoring. That seems like a lot of new stuff to infuse into a model that’s creeping up on 10 years old, but you’ve got to hand it to Jaguar for designing a model that’s capable of lasting this long and upgradeable enough to remain relevant in a constantly evolving market. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a good look and Jaguar’s newest, fastest, and best XJ model to date.
Update 9/6/2017: Jaguar has decided to offer the XJR575 here in the U.S. and it starts out at $122,400. But, there’s quite a few options to choose from and some decisions to make, so check out the pricing section below to learn all about those and see what a fully-speced XJR575 will cost you outside of a divorce, of course.
Could Jaguar Have A Mystery Unveiling Planned At Goodwood?
Count Jaguar in as one of the many automakers that will be in attendance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s not exactly ground-breaking news though, is it? Well, it appears that Jag isn’t coming to Lord March’s estate empty-handed as rumors are circulating that the company is coming with a new version of its XJ sedan.
Now, this isn’t actually a rumor in the traditional sense because Jaguar itself announced such plans. What’s been left in the dark is what kind of version of the XJ this mysterious model is going to be. The only thing Jag hinted at is that it will be a new “derivative” of the luxury sedan and that it will use the Festival of Speed’s famous Hill Climb event to complete its final testing phase. Other than that, we’re left to our own imaginative devices to speculate on what derivative of the XJ this model is going to be. Could it be a new performance-oriented XJR? Maybe something out of Jag’s SVO division to sit alongside the XE SV Project 8? There’s also the possibility that with the current generation XJ nearing its life cycle, Jag might be developing this mystery XJ as a last hurrah of sorts - like perhaps an ultra luxurious final edition model? There are plenty of different directions that this mysterious XJ could go so predicting what it’s bringing to the table at Goodwood will likely amount to nothing. We’ll know the answer soon enough.
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2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8
When Jaguar unveiled the XE back in 2015, rumors of a high-performance version surfaced almost immediately. With the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division having already launched a couple of cars, it was only natural to assume that Jaguar would develop an XE SVR to go against the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63. However, the SVR has yet to make it into production, just as Jaguar has yet to launch a V-8-powered version of the car. But, the wait will be over come 2017, as the British firm has just confirmed that the XE has gained a supercharged V-8 under the "SV Project 8" badge.
If "Project 8" sounds familiar it’s because it’s the second limited-edition vehicle from SVO, following the F-Type Project 7 from 2014. The really big news here is that Project 8 is significantly more powerful than Project 7. With output close to 600 horsepower, the beefed-up sedan is officially the most powerful Jaguar ever made. The company also promises "supercar performance and dynamics in a four-door sedan," which makes Project 8 as exciting as they get. An official debut is scheduled at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 30, but Jaguar has already released spec sheets and photos.
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2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Unveiled
Jaguar just dropped details on its latest SVO-tuned monster, the XE SV Project 8, an eight-cylinder, AWD, four-door cruise missile jam-packed with go-fast stuff. As a reminder, SVO stands for Special Vehicle Operation, which is Jag’s skunk works division. The Project 8 follows in the footsteps of the F-Type Project 7 from 2014, and is definitely a worthy second act.
Here are the specs. Carbon fiber and aluminum are everywhere, with composites for the hood and bumpers. The body gets flared wheel arches and 20-inch aluminum wheels in the corners, while the aero is very much track-ready, with an adjustable front splitter, adjustable rear spoiler, flat underbody, and rear diffuser. Under the hood is a 592-horse supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 featuring a Titanium Variable Active exhaust. Top speed is rated at 200 mph, while 0-to-60 mph is done in 3.3 seconds, making Project 8 the quickest Jag ever produced. The suspension gets a manually adjustable ride height, while multiple Driveline Dynamics settings help fine tune your set-up for track duty. Throwing the anchor are carbon ceramic brakes, plus there are silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings, which are similar to what’s used in Formula 1. The cabin gets a four-seater layout in the U.S., while elsewhere, the Project 8 gets race buckets and a harness bar. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is set to make its first public debut later this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Sales will be worldwide, although production is set at just 300 units total.
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What’s The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?
At its most basic, a sport sedan should be a happy balance between two competing philosophies. The “sport” half of the equation should make it engaging, both in the way it drives, and the way it looks. A sport sedan should issue a dose of adrenaline when the hammer is down, and be a willing dance partner in the corners. It’s also gotta draw attention, turning heads as it goes, making its owner pause momentarily after exiting and locking the doors. Then there’s the “sedan” bit. A sport sedan isn’t supposed to be stripped down and basic – practicality and comfort are paramount. Often used as a daily driver, backside coddling should be there in abundance, complementing the car’s speed potential, rather than taking away from it. All told, it’s a big ask, but this segment has plenty of contenders vying for the title of best. In this comparison, we look at six of the top entries and sort them out, from first to last.
Listed in alphabetical order, this comparison will take a look at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We’ve evaluated each in terms of exterior aesthetics, interior comfort and technology, powertrain and drivetrain specs, and chassis and handling. We’ve also included a glut of info in chart and graph form to help you make a quick comparison. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best sporty luxury sedan you can get for less than $50,000.
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2018 Jaguar XF
The Jaguar XF was first introduced in 2007 as a replacement for the Jaguar S-Type and has been a fairly successful model, with 202,678 models sold between 2009 and 2016. In 2015, the XF went through a generational shift that didn’t change its overall design too drastically but did bring about the use of aluminum, allowing Jag to shed more than 400 pounds compared to the first-gen model. The second-gen model is offered with a wide variation of engines that include diesel and gasoline models, depending on the market. The 2.0-liter diesel engine gave buyers the option of a six-speed manual transmission, but going with the larger diesel or any of the gasoline drinkers sticks you with an automatic. An AWD system is available with some drivetrain configurations, and power output ranged anywhere between 161 and 375 ponies.
It’s only been two years since the second-gen XF rolled into showrooms, and for 2017, the U.S. model was updated to include a diesel engine for the first time. No other notable changes came with the 2017 model year, but 2018 might be a different story if these spy shots are any indication. The prototype you see here is wearing extensive camo for some reason and, while it’s hard to spot any real changes, there are a few. It’s way too early for Jag to be testing a third-gen model, so it looks like we may see a serious design update in the near future. For now, let’s take a better look at these spy shots and talk a little more about it.
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Jaguar XE Wishing You Happy New Year In A Cool Way: Video
Introduced in 2015 as a spiritual successor to the ill-fated X-Type, the Jaguar XE has had a rather quiet presence on the premium compact market up until now. Maybe it’s because Jaguar isn’t as visible as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi nowadays or maybe there’s no SVR model yet to put the XE into the spotlight, but the British sedan is in need of a better marketing campaign. It remains to be seen whether Jaguar will give the XE the attention it deserves, but in the meantime the compact sedan was used in the company’s latest commercial for the holiday season.
Launched just in time for New Year’s Day, the 30-second ad shows a red Jaguar XE drifting on wet tarmac in a parking lot until it creates a "2017" pattern on the ground. However, instead of burnt rubber from the tires, the numbers are red and white trails "left" behind by the taillights and quarter windows. Granted, there’s a lot of computer-generated graphics in this vid, but it’s a cool way to wish enthusiasts a happy new year.
Not to mention that drifting is a very fun way to spend New Year’s Day, especially in a V-6-powered Jag. However, I wouldn’t recommend doing it in a parking lot this time of year and I’m definitely against getting behind the steering wheel after having a glass or two. So, make sure you enjoy New Year’s the proper way and stay out of trouble. Happy New Year!
The Jaguar XF 20d Offers Better Economy and a Lower Price with Decent Performance
The Jaguar XF has been widely loved since its debut back in 2007 and the Frankfurt Motor Show. By the time 2015 came around, Jaguar finally decided to usher in a new-gen model, and it was one of the best moves the brand ever made. So much so, that the Jaguar XF took the credit for nearly 29 percent of Jaguar’s global sales in the first half of the year. For 2017, Jaguar decided to kick things up a notch and offer the XF with a 2.0-liter diesel engine and all-wheel drive. Even better yet, that diesel engine is available as an entry-level model.
So, big deal, right? There are a lot of cars that come with diesel powertrains and we already covered all you ever wanted to know about it earlier this year in our review. But, back then we didn’t know the pricing or the fuel economy, and let me just say, it’s good enough that you’re seriously going to consider going for it if you’re in the market for a new Jaguar. See, the entry-level XF and its 180 horsepower start out the range at just $48,445. That’s just over $3,000 cheaper than the cheapest, gasoline-powered model in the range. Even better yet, this baby gets 42 mpg on the highway and 31 in the city. To make sure I paint a clear enough picture, the gasoline-powered V-6 achieves just 29 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.
Of course, you’ve got to take the good with the bad, as the diesel is considerably slower than the base V-6 model. The diesel chugs its way to 60 mph in eight seconds, which isn’t bad, but it’s pretty far away from the 5.2-second sprint that the gasoline-drinking V-6 can make. Of course, when you consider an extra 150 miles to a tank of gas and the extra $3,000 you save at the time of purchase, it more than makes up for the performance – unless you’re really worrying about how fast you can hit 60. But, if that’s the case, maybe you should look at a more high-performance model anyway.
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The XF first broke cover at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, eventually making its way to dealerships in March 2008. It was quite successful, becoming Jag’s most-awarded car. Now, however, nearly eight years later, the British automaker felt as though the sporty luxury sedan is overdue for a change, and as such, the marque recently introduced the 2016 model year at the 2015 New York Auto Show.
Although its design is heavily based on the previous model, the new XF is actually a much more comprehensive update. The car is significantly lighter now thanks to Jag’s new commitment to constructing the entirety of its lineup from aluminum bodies, and it’s quicker than its predecessor as well. And although some of the new drivetrain components launched in 2014 might not make it stateside, the new XF has plenty of new features to brag about. Keep reading for the full details.
Updated 07/11/2016: Jaguar dropped a new video in which it wants to explain why the XF is the perfect car to "chase" storms. Hit "play" to watch storm chaser ‘Tornado Tim’ Baker driving the Jaguar XF through America’s Midwest in search of a tornado.
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