We expect the Jaguar X-Type to be making an appearance in an episode of AMC's Walking Dead, since the sedan that died two years ago simply will not, well, die. Or rather, its successor won't die. Autocar has a detailed report on the work being done to engineer a new entry-level Jaguar, and it is hypothesized that we'll see it in 2015.

Summer of 2010 was full of news about an X-Type heir to combat the 3 Series that would be wrapped around a modular aluminum platform. That, however, appears to run contrary to Autocar's assessment that "The car's closest conceptual rivals in the showroom are expected to be the upcoming Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLC small saloons." What's more, the mag asserts it will be motivated by not just 1.8- and 2.0-liter four cylinders, but also a 1.5-liter three-cylinder.

That latter engine would probably be a go-to in markets like India and China where Jaguar wants to make an even bigger mark, and not slated for U.S. sale. But combined with the revelation that the new sedan will be front-wheel drive, it's clear that even in the U.S. we can forget about any 3 Series comparos and instead look at this as a frugal baby Jag for young social climbers and CAFE mongers.

Oh, and it won't be cheap: £22,000 was given as an estimate. As a base price, that puts it about halfway between the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Whatever's coming, it should be interesting.


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      Tstag
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think there is some confusion about what Jag is planning but my understanding is that Jag are planning several models which Include an A3 rival and a BMW 3 series rival. The next XF will grow slightly and Jags new 3 series rival will start at 29000 GBP. The A3 rival will start at about 22000 GBP. Jags plan is not to compete on volume but on prestige so I'd expect better quality materials than you get in anything from Germany. It's a cunning move because Jag will then aim to sit aloof from BMW and co.....
      JasonERF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Firstly, the X was unfairly panned for reasons that Ze Germans have gotten away with for years. Secondly, I LOVE my X! http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonerf/5957828189/in/set-72157627116531441 (i've probably posted it it too many of these rumour threads, lol) I bought it because it was different and a great deal. I get asked about it so often I've lost count. Lastly, Jaguar: GET ON WITH IT AND MAKE THIS CAR!!!!!! Infiniti didn't give up with the first 2 G20's! Acura plodded forward with 2 TL/Vigor generations before getting it right (then ruining it). Just make it gorgeous, fast and great quality and I'm sold.
        • 3 Years Ago
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          JasonERF
          • 3 Years Ago
          Uh, precisely my point. "Infiniti didn't give up on the first G20's" As in, the G35/37 predecessor. They stuck with the G line and made it better. This isn't difficult to grasp.
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always had a soft spot for the X-Type ever since I was a youngin in high school. I hope it comes back to the market with a vengeance. Also I would love to see an X-Type R.
      Jamie Stark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually the 3 series rival/X-type replacement is already on the cards and will likely be called the XS. However, it will be marketed closer to the A5 sportback and forthcoming 4-series, and will be based on a variation of Jag's aluminum RWD platform that will also likely underpin the XE roadster. The FWD car however, is a different (smaller than the x-type) car that will sit below the XS and will be likely based on Land Rover's FWD Evoque platform. This will be more of a 1-series competitor, albeit with 4 doors and FWD, which will indeed bring it into competition with the forthcoming CLC and A3 sedan.
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          Victor W. Werke
          • 3 Years Ago
          Indeed! I am highly impressed by her vivid grasp of the technical as well as strategic knowledge of Jaguar's future products. In fact I will state that (IMHO) in this regard she is far more impressive than the likes of the pretentious Ladette "car lover" Vicky Butler-Henderson!
          Jamie Stark
          • 3 Years Ago
          I'm flattered, but I think we could do without the male chauvinism. It is the 21st century...
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      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why should it die? Jaguar needs a successful, entry-level volume model. Jaguar prices are not high enough to sustain it at their current volumes.
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