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According to the CEO, the rumors of a new, baby Jaguar will come to an end at the upcoming 2012 New York International Auto Show when a formal announcement will be made. In addition, Speth confirmed that the Jaguar C-X75 project is still on the plate. To debunk some rumors, Speth confirmed that the new coupe will not be called the “XE”, but wouldn’t reveal to Motor Trend what the name will be.
In the same interview, Speth elaborated that the C-X75 is still under development, but since it is a high-end, low-volume vehicle, it won’t be ready anytime soon. The C-X75 is expected to pack an all-new, high-tech drivetrain. The market will also see at least four more new products from Jaguar in the near future in addition to the new coupe and XF Sportbrake. The British automaker hinted at the Geneva Motor Show that they’ll be more variant models similar to the Sportbrake than actual all-new vehicles.
Lastly, Jaguar elaborated on its engine development hoping to build a new, dedicated factory just for small powerplants. Both Jaguar and Land Rover hope to bring engine production in-house rather than having to purchase engines from other automakers such as Ford. It appears that the British automakers are working on their own four- and six-cylinder engines in both gas and diesel versions. And of course, like all other automakers are right now, Jaguar will tap into hybrid powertrains, it’s just unsure how big of a role hybrids will play in Jaguar’s lineup.
GALLERY: Jaguar XF Sportbrake
[Source: Motor Trend]
Jaguar will look to introduce as many as three all new models in the next three years according to a new report that highlights the brand’s product plans until 2023.
By 2014 Jaguar is set to double its product range to include the current XK, XJ and XF, but also a new 3 Series rival, a smaller sports car and a crossover. Scheduled to arrive in 2012, the new sports car (rumored to be called the XE) will come first, but not before the introduction of a much-needed facelift for the XK, as well as a restyle for the XF and the introduction of a wagon version of the luxury sedan.
2012 will bring a mid-cycle update for the XJ along with a new XK, with 2014 marking an important expansion for Jaguar with the introduction of two models, the small luxury sports sedan and a crossover which is likely to share the same underpinnings.
Beyond that point things get far less certain, although a new XF is tipped for 2015. Sadly, the XF will no longer get a coupe variant, however, the XJ will, with an XJ Coupe set for 2017 to rival the likes of the Bentley Continental GT and the Mercedes CL.
Jaguar‘s upcoming entry-level sports car will first be shown in concept form at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show in March of next year. According to InsideLine, the car will not be called the F-Type, but rather the XE.
Based on a version of the all-new aluminum structure for the next generation XK, the smaller Jag will be noticeably more affordable as well, allowing Jag to increase sports car sales considerably as it fights to become a self-sustaining unit within the larger Tata Motors family.
We expect a new lineup of engines to debut with the XE as well, possibly with turbocharged units that deliver not only performance but also fuel economy.