Jaguar/Land Rover prognostications come out of woodwork

With the sale of Jaguar and Land Rover really, truly official, it hasn't taken long for every automotive news outlet to come out with its own take on the future of both storied marques.

Autoweek distilled Jaguar and Land Rover's product offerings over the next eight years into about 800 words, beginning with the 2009 Jaguar XFR and XKR. According to its sources, both of these high-performance cats will be powered by all-new 5.0-liter, direct-injected V8s, with the naturally aspirated version producing 380 hp and the supercharged variant knocking on the 500 hp ceiling. Jag is expected to fit the new ZF seven-speed automatic 'box to both models, while the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will get a mild facelift and benefit from the duo of upgraded powerplants.

Come 2010, the Jag XJ will get an XF-inspired facelift, but will still maintain its regal lines and luxo-cruiser status. The X-type will finally meet its timely demise, while the LR3 will get a nip and a tuck along with the aforementioned 380-hp, 5.0-liter DI V8. By 2011, the LRX will make its production debut, with a possible hybrid version coming later in its lifecycle, along with a seven-seat variant in 2012. That same year, Tata is hoping to release a successor to the F-Type. Based off either the XF or XK platform, the two-seat sports car may finally realize the concept that we saw back in 2000. After that, it's all about refreshes and new variations, including an XF coupe, a new Range Rover that will be chock full of luxuries and carrying a hefty price tag ($200k?!), along with all-new versions of the XF, XJ, Range Rover, and finally, a seriously revised Defender that could underpin the next LR3.

AutoCar's take on the future of Jag and LR is a similar story, with less prognostication about products and more about business practices and platform sharing. You can read all three articles by following the source links below.

[Sources: Autoweek, AutoCar (1) (2)]

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