• Jul 13, 2010
With the all the news coming out of Jaguar, it's obvious its Indian parents are intent on making the leaping cat a credible competitor to the world's luxury automakers. To wit: not only has Jag green-lit the XE – a next-generation XK-based competitor to the Porsche Boxster – it ready to take the fight to the BMW 3 Series in the form of a reborn X-Type.

While the previous Mondeo-based X-Type fared poorly during its run, Tata Motor's chief executive, Carl-Peter Forster, told Automobilwoche that in order for the British brand to compete on a global scale, a smaller sedan is a requirement. To that end, a new sedan is under development to slot in below the XF, likely utilizing a new aluminum architecture based on its next-generation sedan.

In addition to X-Type replacement and the new, smaller coupe – rumored to arrive in 2012 – Forster says that work is underway on a long-wheelbase version of the XF for the Chinese market and a wagon version of Jag's mid-size sedan is slated for sale in Europe (XFR estate, anyone?).

On the Land Rover front, the recently revealed Evoque is the first of three new products to debut in the next five years, including an all-new Freelander with seating for seven and a revised Defender which is set to arrive in 2015.

[Source: Automobilwoche]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking forward to it....so is the ATS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just saw an XF today and that thing looks like its from the FUUUUTUUURE!!!!

      Its really nice. I licked the windshield....
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as it's RWD, I'm fine. I think Jaguar has nailed the design language, so I'm not concerned about that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hells yea I love my xtype sport. I can't lie I got it for the looks the design was great but for a 40k (fully loaded) it was missing key features like no seat memory and no reverse tilting mirror. As long as they stay away from that damn jatco tranny it should be ok. I would complain about the power but Audi proves 210hp is enough in everyday driving on an awd car
      Kumail
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like Jaguar's new design language, hopefully it translates well to the new X type, it could really get them back in the game.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        Agreed. Obviously, make it RWD, but Jag's resurgence will continue. I wonder what the final name will be. Oh, and - people are going to hate me for this, but - if Jag made a crossover, it would sell too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        @Future-Car
        Yes people will hate you for that and it really makes no sense when you have your off-road brother Land Rover. Why rob sales? OR even worse rebadge and go the GM route? I sold my Jag and replaced with an LR3 and have been very happy with both vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        Between the new design language and the new aluminum architecture they are working on, this new X-Type has the potential that the former X-Type never had a hope of producing. If you are going to get into the entry luxury sedan market and go up against giants like the 3-Series, C-Class and A4 you simply must have a car that is, from the ground up, designed to be in that market. The CD132 platform was never going to be able to hold a candle in that class.

        Good moves Jaguar and a round of applause to Tata for giving Jaguar the finances and freedom it desperately needed to return the marque to its glory.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Tata Motor's chairman, Carl-Peter Forster"

      You meant MD and CEO, didn't you? Chairman is always going to be Ratan Tata (at the least until he retires).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog didn't tell the whole story. Not only has the X-Type replacement been given the green light, its development is reputedly already at a fairly advanced stage. In addition, the F-Type/XE roadster has been given the nod as well, as has the XF estate and a LWB XF saloon for the Chinese market. Things are looking decidedly encouraging at Jaguar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like they did after all ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like that tail light design...reminds me of the Maserati 3200 GT

      As seen here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maserati_3200_GT
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, I like the tail lights too. Nice catch on the maserati, though I think they are more cohesive with the car and are more aesthetically pleasing in the sketch. That being a said, it's a sketch.

        For some reason, looking at this sketch all I can think of besides, "looks nice", is "Jaguar Rapide."
      • 4 Years Ago
      plausible just don't nickle and dime people like the last x type did and you'll have a fighter on your hands
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's gotta tell you something about the 3-series that EVERY car maker for many years now considers it the target to aim at.... and yet time and again, almost all of them don't live up to the hype of being a "3-series fighter."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, I knew it sold well, but not that well.
        Then again, in Europe you can actually get a 3-series (and other BMWs and Mercedes) that aren't overloaded with useless options that do nothing but jack up the price. Good luck ever finding even a base model on a dealer lot around here... and even the "base" one still has stuff that is considered optional in the EU.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 3-series remains the best in class and for good reason, it is constantly being perfected. Not only that, it sells in huge numbers in Europe especially. In the UK for example, it frequently outsells the Mondeo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      After seeing my Mom show off her new Jag-XF, I'm eagerly awaiting this 3-Series killer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a former X-Type Sport 5MT owner, I can tell you the car wasn't nearly as bad as people made it out to be. In fact, at its launch, it was very competitive with the 330i back in 2002.
      In sport trim, which is what I owned, it was definitely one of the best looking cars in that segment.

      And now for the bad..It was unreliable, ate transfer cases like no tomorrow, the auto trans from JATCO was junk (see Land Rover Freelander as well) and it reeked of electrical gremlins after a few years of ownership.

      But man when it WORKED, it drove like a dream. The AWD had a 40/60 split so it felt like a RWD car. The manual tranny was pretty good as well.
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