It's hard not to be skeptical when we read a report in Automotive News like this one: "Work also is under way on a compact sedan, but that car is a few years away from production, Jaguar officials said."

It's been over six months since we last reported on Jaguar's 'XS' sport sedan, the would-be rival to the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. Unlike, say, the Cadillac ATS, we still have relatively little actual information about this new competitor in one of the most hotly contested luxury segments.

How Jaguar might be planning on plugging such a gaping hole in its product lineup remains to be seen, but the hope is that the new sedan might share components with the forthcoming sports car based on the Jaguar C-X16 concept from the Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept was fitted with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 making 376 horsepower, along with a hybrid battery pack to allow for an additional 94-hp boost.

However Jaguar plans to go at its competition, it will be an uphill battle, as the brand hasn't fared well in the segment in recent years. Its X-Type sedan was poorly received when it was launched under Ford ownership a decade ago. Since then, the entry luxury market has seen plenty of excellent sport sedans attempt to dethrone BMW, including models like the Infiniti G37.

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      The BMW 3 series seems to have a pretty solid reputation. Jaguar is going to have to be better by a wide margin if they want to overcome both the positive perception of the BMW and the negative perception of Jaguar quality. In other words, a tall order indeed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What I like about BMW is that everybody wants to fight them :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW has a solid history in the automotive business and I don't think Jaquar has the capability to top them at the moment or near future, just my opinion.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Contrary to what many think, the X-Type was NOT that bad of a car when it debuted. I owned one. I had a 2002 X-Type Sport 2.5L with the manual transmission and it was a hoot. It actually DROVE well, but the build quality was terrible. It was quite the looker with the Sport Package with body colored molding and no chrome trim. Problem was, Ford/Jag let it get stale and never quite fixed the issues it had. I had to replace a transfer case TWICE, but that did get fixed with the 05+ models. I currently own a '10 G37S 6MT Coupe and wouldn't mind another Jaguar to replace the G in the future if the next generation Infiniti G isn't up to snuff, but it needs to be reliable, RWD, great handling, a decent interior, and offer a manual transmission. I don't think that's too much to ask for $40k-ish.
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      We've heard this story many years ago, it was called X-Type...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The X-type failed because it wasn't a Jaguar. It was a rebodied Ford Mondeo, front wheel drive and all. Only a Ford accountant could have thought it had any chance of success. Car buyers, especially European buyers, aren't that stupid. The concept has been tried before with Cadillac Cimarron, and what a success story it was. Someone isn't learning from history. I hope they do now. It helps that Tata does not have the suitable platform to easily convert, so they're forced to develop something new from scratch this time.
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jag is going to keep this under wraps tight until it gets released. I doubt we'll even see many spy shots.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the C-X16 was perfect, the exterior proportions were just right for a Jaguar, it looked like a million bucks, and the powertrain would have been a nice, more environmentally-friendly M3-competing powerhouse
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Looks like I messed up a few things I was talking about the Jaguar B99's design, and the C-X16's powertrain.
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      That would be a feat indeed if they could build a car to truly compete with the 3 series. The 3 series has always been the 911 of the compact sports sedan world with little changes to an already solid car. I would love to see Jag do it but they might of bit off more than they can chew in this category in my humble opinion. I think the new XKR-S looks as good as any other car in its category and maybe even better. They are making some great looking cars right now....
        • 3 Years Ago
        "The 3 series has always been the 911 of the compact sports sedan world with little changes to an already solid car." I wouldn't go quite that far - The 3 Series of today is nothing at all like the little E21 of the 1970's or the E30 of the 80's... The current and next 3 sedan and coupe have far more in common - size, power and price-wise - with the E28 5 Series and E24 6 Series. Even the 1 Series is far larger, more powerful and more expensive than the old 3.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Jaguar enters this segment with a credible vehicle. The x-type wasn't a bad car, but it wasn't a credible Jaguar nor 3-series competitor.
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