• Jul 24, 2010
Tata Motors chief executive Carl-Peter Forster has acknowledged that Jaguar needs a smaller, higher-volume vehicle and it appears that just such a car is already under development. Unlike the less-than-stellar X-Type which was based on the second-generation Ford Mondeo, the new car should actually be a real Jaguar.
Jaguar is reportedly working on a new modular aluminum platform that would be shared between the new smaller car, the mid-sized XF and the next-generation XK. In renderings posted by AutoExpress at least, the baby Jag bears a strong resemblance to the XF but with curvier rear haunches and XJ-style taillamps. Of course, what the real thing will ultimately look like is anyone's guess.

Power will likely come from downsized and boosted four-cylinder gas and diesel engines, with the current 3.0-liter diesel V6 as a range-topper. Also look for a hybrid to enter the mix. All of this will help Jaguar meet the new EU CO2 emissions limits once the new smaller Jaguar debuts, which could happen as soon as soon as 2012.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      There's nothing wrong with a Ford Mondeo, except maybe Tony Blair's demise. That doesn't justify the X-Type. It just means Ford could have done better to make it less Mondeo like. If Audi can turn a Passat into an S4 (with many, many tweaks), Ford could have done so too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A mini XF? Now that's what I'm talking about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they go all Aluminum they better do something about corrosion from the elements here in the North. While it is widely accepted that Aluminun does not rust like steel, it DOES corrode. I remember well the aluminum bumper mounts on mid to late Oldsmobiles that made all the rear bumpers fall off after about 6 years in "salt country". The electrolisis and corrosion of the bumper mounts made a joke of the bumpers. I used a pressure treated 2x6 for a rear bumper to pass inspection. I expect most new owners will not use them in winter, but sooner or later the next owner will see the problems. Yea, the manufacturer won't care because the sale was alread old. But, I never bought another Oldsmobile, and hope my little non-purchase helped push Olds into the grave.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still wish they wouldve made the xtype R a used one Now would only be like 10-12k right now
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is anyone surprised???
      • 4 Years Ago
      i hope they find the resources to put a goddamn manual in especially since its gonna be a brand new design
        • 4 Years Ago
        In 15 years, I'll very surprised if you can even find a car with a "manual" transmission using a clutch pedal. Even Ferrari has given up on them. The new "semi-manuals" "manumatics" and DSG's offer more consistent results, longer life and most importantly for the manufacturer, better MPG ratings for CAFE standards, especially in the highway measurements. Look at most car's MPG rating that offer a choice, and the auto version typically adds 1 to 2 miles more. When trying to meet the ever rising standard, every MPG helps, especially when it's your high volume sellers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Everyone else may give up on manuals, but europeans never will. They are driver-involvement > numbers. Always have been. And Jag has always done things their own way, for better or worse. There will be a manual model, even if it's for Euro-sale only.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mid 70's Olds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well Duders...perhaps. But,... experience will trump enthusiasm in most instances. This is where the old "dude" looks at the young wide eyed failure and says "Yea, I knew that would happen..."
        • 4 Years Ago
        you are blind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder what alpha designations Jag has patented/registered? There's no way in HELL they'll call it the X-Type again. But it will have an X designation and so far, they are only using F, J, K, with E and C or D committed to future projects.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make a car with its own identity. Not just a scaled down XJ for heaven's sake. Put the 5.0L supercharged engine in it and offer a 6spd. Aluminium chassis too.

      Now that will kick some C63 and M3 ass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure they'll produce an xfr variant of the new x-type after they have the mass production models shipped.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm happy to see Jag making proper autos again. I hadn't driven one in years because they were such hot garbage in my mind until the XF came out. Once I got my hands on the XFR, I became very enthusiastic about them again.

      Lets hope this new mini XF gets to production and they make an R model so I can double my current Jag lineup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...less-than-stellar..."
      Best X-type review ever?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aluminum? I'm all for it!
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