• Feb 6, 2008
As we've reported previously, Jaguar isn't waiting around to see how its future unfolds to move ahead with new product development. We've seen spy shots of the next flagship XJ sedan, and heard rumors of a new sportscar to rival the Porsche 911. Emerging reports now suggest that Jaguar executives have begun coordinating with their bosses-to-be at Tata over several intriguing new models.

Although Tata is not in a position to sign off on the development of new models at this point, it reportedly received the sportscar project with the most enthusiasm. While executives reportedly favor basing the Porsche rival off the XF's steel chassis, Coventry engineers are pushing to modify the XJ's aluminum platform; the engine bay would be able to accommodate both V6 and V8 engines. Jaguar also presented its hosts with plans to lop off two doors and a couple of inches of roofline from the new XF sedan to make a coupe version, although a convertible variant was ruled out. Lastly, and perhaps most dramatically, a plan was presented to lengthen the XK coupe and add two more doors to build its own rival for former corporate cousin Aston Martin's upcoming Rapide. This last development contradicts earlier reports that suggested the next XJ sedan would adopt the four-door-coupe approach, offering instead that the new XJ would include more interior space than the model it replaces.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Let's just open these developments and see what happens..
      • 6 Years Ago
      that may look like that, but Ford has to focus on it's core brands,

      there is no reason Lincoln has to be second class, once Jag is gone, they can turn Lincoln around like GM did with Caddy
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jaguar sure is putting a lot on their plate. I like how it's reported they "received the sports car project with the most enthusiasm". It would be great to see Jag get back to some of their old racing heritage and compete with Porsche and others on the track.

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      • 6 Years Ago

      Ford seems to be selling Jaguar at the wrong time. With all these potentially hot cars Jaguar could easily be a contender in the luxury segment again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's the point of a 2 door XF, when they have the XK. What's the point of an 4 door XK,when they have the XF. Seems like a waste of time and money, that could be invested elsewhere. No wonder there losing money.
      Chris
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford may be able to turn Lincoln around, but it will never be able to really compete with Cadillac.

      Because these days Lincoln is the type of luxury Mercury should be, so I don't think Lincoln will ever be able to really go head to head with Cadillac