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2018 Jaguar E-Pace

2018 Jaguar E-Pace

Jaguar’s Baby SUV is finally here, and we have to admit, it’s pretty nice

Jaguar went on record back in May of 2015, saying it wanted a baby crossover to slot in below the F-Pace. It took a couple of years, and a few teasers to get to this point, but we’re finally here, and Jaguar has delivered its promise in typical Jag fashion. Sporting a simple, yet perfectly defined body and a technologically advanced cabin that’s as plush as it is attractive, Jaguar has practically redefined the compact SUV segment. With tons of interior space for its size, a sophisticated suspension system that provides a smooth ride, and a range of 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel engines that deliver as little as 147 horsepower or as much as 295 horsepower. But, there’s one major Caveat, it’s set to start out around $38,600 in entry-level form, and that puts it a bit more expensive than models like the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA that it competes with.

With that in mind, you need to know that the E-Pace is a really big deal. It’s bigger brother; the F-Pace, has grown in sales by 44 percent through May of 2017, meaning that Jaguar’s design language and style philosophy is right in line with what the masses want. And, when you consider that luxury segment buyers are pretty picky, that’s saying a lot for a market that’s so crowded with SUVs at the current time. Needless to say, the E-Pace has a lot to live up to and, based on first impressions, I have to say this thing is going to be an amazing success, but we’ll talk more about that later. Does it have what it takes to put the X1 and GLA in their place, even with a significantly higher price tag? Well, let’s dive on in and take a good look to find out.

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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The British midsize wagon returns and it’s coming to America!

Introduced in 2007 to replace the ageing S-Type, the Jaguar XF was redesigned for the 2016 model year. The makeover brought an evolutionary restyling but turned the four-door sedan in a sportier proposition on the outside and a more luxurious vehicle on the inside. The XF also received new drivetrains, most notably the company’s recently launched 2.0-liter four-cylinder in both gasoline and diesel formats. The 3.0-liter V-6 was also carried over, but with significant upgrades. Unlike the first-generation model, the second-gen XF arrived without a wagon version. This changed for the 2018 model year when Jaguar launched a redesigned XF Sportbrake.

Making things that much better, it’s available in the U.S. too!

The Sportbrake’s return is a bit surprising, especially since Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, once predicted the death of the station wagon. But, while I’d like to know what made him change his mind, I’m actually glad that the Sportbrake is back in dealerships and especially in the U.S., where the midsize market was limited to just two models, with a couple more available in other niches. Sure, it’s still ridiculous, but with three different products in the premium market, we finally have some proper action going on.

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2018 Jaguar XF

2018 Jaguar XF

Seems a little early for a facelift, doesn’t it?

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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2018 Jaguar F-Pace R

2018 Jaguar F-Pace R

We caught Jaguar testing the most powerful F-Pace yet

Announced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and previewed by a concept car, the Jaguar F-Pace entered production in 2016 as the company’s first foray into the SUV market. Equipped with powerful, but efficient four-cylinder and V-6 engines, the F-Pace was received with great enthusiasm, helping Jaguar build on the success of the F-Type, the car that basically revived the brand as a top-level sports car manufacturer. Much like the F-Type, the F-Pace is scheduled to spawn several iterations, including R and SVR models. While the extreme SVR is still in its infancy, the F-Pace R is already well underway, with the first test model being spotted on public roads.

Thanks to our sneaky paparazzi, we have our first look at the upcoming R-badged SUV, which will make its global debut sometime in 2017. As with most prototypes, the SUV is wrapped in swirly camouflage, meaning that most of details that set it apart from the base model are hidden under wraps. Despite this, we know that we’re looking at the F-Pace R thanks to the exhaust note sounding a lot more aggressive than that of the V-6-powered, F-Pace S model.

Once it hits the market, the F-Type R will become Jaguar’s most powerful and aggressive-looking SUV, at least until the more extreme SVR is unleashed. Find out more about the company’s upcoming performance crossover in the speculative review below.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR Testing On The Nurburgring: Video

2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR Testing On The Nurburgring: Video

Watch out 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO and 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, there’s a Jaguar coming. There have been numerous reports of a high-powered Jaguar F-Type being developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team, and that car was recently captured by spy photographers while testing at the Nürburgring. Designed to be the range-topping performance model of the F-Type lineup, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR looks like it is going to be a serious track car, judging from this spy video.

Not much is known for certain about F-Type SVR, but it’s obvious that Jaguar is doing its best to put this car on the same stage as some of the top sports cars out there. Aside from the agile handling displayed in this video, the Jaguar F-Type SVR is rumored to have in excess of 600 horsepower coming from its supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. The extra power is sure obvious from the tailpipes as this car sounds even more menacing than today’s 2015 Jaguar F-Type R. The big question remains whether the SVR will feature a rear-drive layout or will offer all-wheel drive. Seeing as how the F-Type R is rear-drive only, that could very well be the case with the SVR model, but it would be awesome if Jag decided to go head-to-head with the GT-R NISMO with 600+ horses being fed to all four wheels.

To go along with the added power, the F-Type SVR is getting a few styling changes, including the new front fascia, quad exhaust outlets and the big rear spoiler. All of these upgrades have been exposed in previous spy shots, which also revealed that the SVR will most likely offer both coupe and convertible body styles.

JRL’s SVO team first came to light with the introduction of the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR, but the group will also be responsible for building the limited-production 2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 as well as the continuation 2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.

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Jaguar F-Pace Spied Inside And Out: Spy Shots

Jaguar F-Pace Spied Inside And Out: Spy Shots

As Jaguar’s first SUV, the F-Pace is a big deal for both the British company and car enthusiasts. Most purists hate it, but SUV enthusiasts not so interested in brand heritage have high hopes for a sporty and luxurious crossover. That said, it’s not surprising the F-Pace is getting a lot of attention ahead of its official debut later in 2015, and that our car paparazzi are following it around each time Jaguar takes it out for a spin. First spotted testing in cold Scandinavia back in February and later photographed while stretching its legs on the Nurburgring track, the F-Pace was spotted in the wild again, this time around parked alongside other Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.

But while the other cars surrounding the F-Pace are free of camouflage, the F-Pace is just like we saw it at the ’Ring: wrapped in a thick layer of black-and-white camo. It’s not all bad news though, as our paparazzi managed to snap a few shots of the interior. Yup, that’s a first, and it brings rather unexpected news. And it’s not the XF dashboard or the large 10.2-inch touchscreen of the infotainment system, but a gear shifter. Yes, it seems the F-Pace is getting a manual gearbox right from the start, which is surprising given it took Jaguar almost two years to offer one on the F-Type sports car.

This could mean Jaguar is pretty serious about the F-Pace’s sporty intentions, but I guess we will find out more about that as the crossover breaks cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Continue reading to learn more about Jaguar’s future F-Pace.

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Jaguar F-Pace Caught Testing At Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Jaguar F-Pace Caught Testing At Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Good news Jaguar fans. The latest spy shots of the 2016 Jaguar F-Pace show the high-riding Jaguar being tested at the Nürburgring, which is a promising sign for the British brand’s first crossover. Unfortunately, there is still heavy camouflage obscuring the styling of the F-Pace, but these images do reveal a couple of minor details.

The biggest change that has occurred from previous cold-weather test mules spotted in February, is this F-Pace is wearing lower-profile tires with what could be more production-intent wheels. As is usually the case with vehicle design translated from concept to production form, the tire/wheel packages on this prototype don’t do as good a job of filling the wheel wells as the ones on the 2014 Jaguar C-X17 Concept.

Taken from a higher vantage point, these spy shots give a slight glimpse of the size of the F-Pace’s sunroof, which extends almost all the way to the C-pillar. Perhaps the only change between the two recent set of spy shots is that this Nürburgring-lapping F-Pace wears a little less camo on the front fenders, indicating the presence of a fender vent – a Jaguar styling cue also found on the C-X17.

We shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to see the full design of the F-Pace, since the crossover is slated to make its big debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Jaguar F-Pace.

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Jaguar F-Type SVR Caught Around Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Jaguar F-Type SVR Caught Around Nurburgring: Spy Shots

In its short life, the Jaguar F-Type has proven to be a worthy adversary for the venerable Porsche 911, but so far, Jaguar’s offering has only tangled with the lower levels of the 911 range. That will change, though, when Jaguar Land Rover’s newly formed Special Vehicle Operations gets ahold of the sporty coupe/convertible to create the Jaguar F-Type SVR, which was spotted testing recently at the Nürburgring.

The spy shots show some key changes to the F-Type’s body for improved performance, including a good-sized splitter now positioned below the front fascia, and a massive rear spoiler. Still in the testing phase, expect the face of this SVR to get a lot more aggressive when it is officially debuted, but it doesn’t look like Jaguar is going over the top with its design. In fact, the only other change noticeable on this prototype is different wheels that expose the upsized carbon ceramic brakes.

Along with its aero body package, the Jaguar F-Type SVR should also get a bump in power output. It will use the same supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 as the current F-Type R, which is currently rated at 550 horsepower. Our source projects power to be somewhere in the 580-600 horsepower range, but with that in mind, Jaguar also has the new limited-production F-Type Project 7 that is rated at 575 horsepower.

As for the name, it has been rumored that Jaguar will replace its “R-S” models with an SVR model from its in-house tuning division.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR.

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Spy Shots: Jaguar C-X17 Caught Testing

Spy Shots: Jaguar C-X17 Caught Testing

Don’t let the Range Rover Evoque body hidden under wraps fool you folks, what you’re looking at is a prototype of the production model based on the C-X17 concept unveiled last year.

Scheduled to make its official debut in the second half of 2015, the C-X17 will become the first ever crossover SUV to sport a Jaguar badge and ride on the company’s upcoming modular platform that will also underpin the XE sedan and probably the Land Rover Discovery.

Being disguised as an Evoque, the mule doesn’t offer too many details for us to ogle at, especially at the front and around the back, but we can clearly see the vehicle is longer than the aforementioned Range Rover model. The rear bumper is another detail that suggest we’re looking at more than just a longer Evoque, as are the wider fenders and the rear windshield.

There’s no official info as to what kind of engines will be motivating the SUV, but we do know that Jaguar’s new range of four-cylinder units will make their way under the hood. Both gasoline and diesel options are on the table, with the range-topping gas model likely to get a couple of turbochargers attached to it for Porsche Macan-like performance.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see the manufacturer launch the new SUV in both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar C-X17.

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Video: Meet Jaguar's Future F-Type Four-Cylinder

Video: Meet Jaguar’s Future F-Type Four-Cylinder

Launched with three different powertrain choices, available as the V6, the V6 S and the V8 S (R for the Coupe) in U.S. showrooms, the brand-new Jaguar F-Type is already scheduled to receive a fourth version. Reportedly dubbed R-S, the new trim will be introduced on both the Coupe and the Roadster and will take the output of the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 up to around 550 horsepower. That’s about 50 horses more than the current range-topping model.

Word has it a lighter, Club Sport iteration is also be underway, meaning the lineup would expand to include nine models (five Coupes and four Roadsters). It may sound like a lot for a sports car of this nature, but it appears we have yet to see the end of it.

As a new video that surfaced the Internet recently suggests, the Brits are developing yet another F-Type. But this time they aren’t working on a more powerful V-8 version, but one that sports a turbocharged four-cylinder mill under the hood. Yes, that’s right, Jaguar is downsizing and switching forced induction units.

Watching the video you’ll notice that the Roadster in question wears an S badge, but don’t let that fool you, the car’s engine note is nowhere near a supercharged V-6.

Little is known about the unit powering the model spotted at Nurburgring, but we do know that Jaguar is getting ready to introduce a new range of four-cylinder engines that will find their way into the upcoming C-X17 crossover and future Land Rover SUVs.This could even be a modified version of the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0-liter engine, which produces 240 horsepower in the SUV, but likely can hit over 300 ponies with a little extra work.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type Roadster R-S

2015 Jaguar F-Type Roadster R-S

We knew the Jaguar F-Type Roadster would be a spectacular car the moment we saw it. We also knew things were about to get better as soon as rumors about about a coupe version surfaced.

It didn’t take too long for the F-Type Coupe to join the ranks of Jaguar, but, as the new model was settling in, the British were already working on a more powerful version, the F-Type R Coupe, as well as pondering a lightweight, Club Sport model.

If you thought Jaguar was paying too much attention to the Coupe while ignoring the Roadster, you had it all wrong. The Brits are indeed prepping a hotter version of the drop-top F-Type that could be offered with an R-S badge slapped to its sexy rear end.

That’s word from our trusty spy photographers, who have spotted a never-before-seen F-Type Roadster on steroids stretching its legs somewhere in the United Kingdom. Details are limited at the time of this writing, but the beefy front bumper and the larger rear spoiler are there to tell us that this ain’t no regular F-Type.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R-S.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Jaguar XJ Caught Next to the Current Model

Spy Shots: 2015 Jaguar XJ Caught Next to the Current Model

Sometimes when we get new spy shots, it can be a little difficult to really spot the changes compared to the new model. But then sometimes, an automaker parks a new model right next to the old one, so we can see exactly what is different. Jaguar was kind enough to do this with its upcoming XJ refresh, so we have a nice picture of exactly how the car is going to change. This is not our first look at new prototypes of the Jaguar XJ, but this is the best look we have at seeing how the new car is evolving the overall style.

The new XJ features a sharper grill outlines, with a more defined angle in the top corners. The grille itself sits more upright in the front fascia and looks to have a deeper recess near the bottom. It looks a lot like the teaser for the upcoming 2015 XE, so Jaguar may be preemptively moving the lineup towards that new corporate face. All of the front intakes have also been revised.

The rear gets much of the same treatment with just a bit of sharpening happening on most of the surfaces. The subtle crease in the bumper under the trunk lid now has a more defined profile, and the cutout for the license plate sees a squarer shape. The exhaust outlets are losing their distinctive trapezoidal exits for a more traditional oval shape.

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Spy Shots: Jaguar XE Caught Playing on an Ice Track

Well what do we have here? Just a few days after Jaguar officially announced its upcoming 3 Series competitor, the Jaguar XE, we have photos of its blasting around in the snow. With an aluminum-intensive construction, we expect the XE to be very quick and agile.

There are very few confirmed details, but we do know that the car will debut as a sedan with a wagon version coming later. There are also rumors of coupe and convertible versions in the works. If Jaguar hopes to truly compete with BMW, Audi and Mercedes, it makes sense it would expand the XE’s body styles.

Engine choices will start with four-cylinder mills, but it should expand to include high-performance models later. The supercharged V-6 from the F-Type is a likely choice for a performance model that will have about 380 horsepower. That is not quite enough power to really compete with the M3 or C63 AMG, so it’s not a stretch to imagine Jaguar would try to stuff its 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood as well.

Styling is also a bit of a mystery, but considering Ian Callum’s past, we expect the XE to be the prettiest car in the segment. Don’t worry about the odd hunchback shape in these photos, its a disguise. If you look carefully at the head-on shot, you can see a small shelf on the roof. This would be where the huge rear buttress pieces are mounted to the car. This is used to hide the true shape of the rear end. Expect a low, swooping rear window that is closer to the larger XF’s design.

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Spy Shots: Jaguar XJ Testing in the Snow

In November of last year, our spy photographers managed to catch the revised Jaguar XJ prototype testing in the wild. Now, the car was caught testing again, but this time out in the cold.

As you can see, the prototype is camouflaged only on the front and rear, meaning that these are the areas that will receive the updates. We expect to see new front and rear bumpers, new headlights and taillights, and likely a new grille. Jaguar will also offer an updated interior, some new technology and some new exterior colors.

There are no details on the engine lineup just yet, but we expect to see the same engines found in the current model. We do expect to see improvements in the output and fuel economy of the entire lineup.

We expect the revised Jaguar XJ to be revealed by the end of 2014.

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Spy Shots: First Jaguar XF Mule Testing at Nurbrugring

We’ve known for quite some time now that Jaguar has been hard at work on the next-gen XF. Despite the knowledge, this is the first time we’ve had the chance to catch a mule of the new XF — basically a current XF with the new drivetrain and chassis underneath — testing. Our spy photographers managed to catch this powertrain and chassis mule somewhere outside the Jaguar test center at Nürburgring.

The next XF will offer some major updates over the current model. First and foremost, it will move to a modular, aluminum platform that Jag is calling the iQ(Al) — the same platform also sees use under the BMW 3 Series. This change will make the new XF a lot lighter than the current model, which will make it more nimble and improve its fuel economy.

Under the hood, the engine lineup will range from a brand-new four-cylinder engine to a powerful V-8. The new platform is optimized for all-wheel drive, so we expect to see more AWD Jaguars in the future.

The new XF is expected to be revealed as a concept in 2015 with the production car to arrive in 2016.

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2016 Jaguar XQ-type

2016 Jaguar XQ-type

Details about the new Jaguar XQ-type midsize crossover are emerging from Coventry ahead of the $45,000 model’s expected debut next month in Frankfurt. Exclusive TopSpeed renderings offer a speculative glimpse at the styling of this make-or-break next generation of aluminum models.

Twinned with the XQ-type is the Q-type sedan, which will be the smallest models in Jaguar’s range outside of the F-type sports cars. The XQ-type aims for the sweet spot of the premium crossover market occupied by the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, each of which are formidable competition for Jaguar’s first American family SUV.

Fast-tracking the XQ-type’s ‘PLA’ code name aluminum chassis and body panels means this new compact benefits from both a nimble chassis and the best current and future components in the Jaguar Land Rover parts bin. Both the XF’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the supercharged V-6 are expected, with the latter to offer Jag’s new Instinctive AWD as seen on both the U.S.-market XF and XJ.

A sporty bias for The XQ-type offers enough space between this model and the Land Rover SUVs, and the XQ is even likely to run as a rear-drive model in base configurations.

The XQ’s performance will be closely benchmarked against its German rivals, with further R and R-S options on the table. The beauty of this chopped-length PLA architechture, which will also underpin the new XF and XK, is that even the compact models will be quite wide and should be able to fit the firm’s rorty supercharged V-8 under that shapely ’bonnet.’

Is this the dream Jag for sporty crossover shoppers? Click past the jump to stare into the future of the Jaguar XQ-type, which is a sure thing to be officially imported into the U.S. as a late 2015 or early 2016 model.

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