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 |  Jul 13 2010, 8:39 AM

In a recent interview with a German automotive trade publication, Jaguar CEO Carl-Peter Forster confirmed production plans for a new small roadster model, as well as a rival to BMW’s 3 Series sports sedan.

Previous reports have suggested a new convertible sports car, known under the names F-Type, E-Type and XE Concept, will debut at the Geneva Auto Show next year as a rival to Porsche’s Boxster.

A small luxury sedan will also come to production, slotting in underneath the XF and competing with cars ranging from the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, Lexus IS and Infiniti G. It is unlikely to wear the X Type badge of its predecessor.

Forster commented that in order for the vehicles to be successful they would have to be offered in “several variations” perhaps hinting that the next X Type could be offered as a wagon, as well as both a coupe and convertible.

In addition, Jaguar will also look to introduce an XF estate (wagon) as well as a long wheelbase version of the car for the Chinese market.

The introduction of both a small roadster model and 3 Series rival is seen as a move towards more volume-based production as Jaguar looks to become a self-sustaining entity within the Tata empire.

[Source: AutoCar]