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Like a scorned prom date, Jaguar has turned down the B99 concept that Bertone showed at Geneva this month, rejecting the Italian design studio’s vision of a possible X-Type replacement.
“We appreciate the fact that Jaguar is interesting enough for people to do a concept around,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s global brand director. “It is just not for us.”
Jaguar certainly has the right to believe that they are interesting, given the rumors that they had commissioned Bertone for the sleek purple car—and considering how terrible the X-Type was. They will bring out a small car in 2013 or 2014 themselves, said Hallmark, to go against the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4: “We have concepts all over the place. A lot of work has been done.”
Hopefully the new small car will take in Bertone’s styling cues without becoming slavishly retro like, well, Jaguar’s previous lineup. A racing edition wouldn’t hurt, either.
[Source: Automotive News]
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.
With recent news of several new models joining a the Jaguar lineup, CEO Carl-Peter Forster has shed some new light on the company’s expansion plans – with a little creative interpretation from the folks at AutoExpress. According to a new report, the F-Type will take Jaguar down-market in the sports car segment, competing with the Porsche Boxster. Priced significantly lower than the current XK line, Jaguar could increase sports car sales considerably. The project is already part-way started with Forster admitting that designer Ian Callum has already begun the clay modeling stage.
Equally exciting is renewed ambition for Jaguar to create a new X-Type model – one that doesn’t devalue the brand, but rather works as a proper stepping stone to bring younger buyers into the Jaguar fold. Inspiration for the X-Type could come from the R-D6 concept (above), with coupe-like styling along the lines of the Mercedes CLS.
Also planned is a new wagon model, likely off the XF platform – but that’s not all. At a press conference last week Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) chairman Ralf Speth commented that the XF has been a sales success, but that more models are needed in that family. This might be a clear hint that Jaguar is planning an XF Coupe (and possibly even a convertible). The cars would clearly target the Mercedes E-Class Coupe, which has already attracted enough attention that Infiniti has decided to build a rival M Coupe.
All these new models are thanks to a major investment by parent company Tata Motors, which has decided to put £1 billion into JLR each year for the next five years. And JLR doesn’t seem to be squandering the opportunity, instead using the cash infusion to design, engineer and build more high-volume models that will allow the automaker to become self-sustaining.