Jaguar F-Type, Range Rover Make US Debut: 2012 LA Auto Show

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Jaguar Land Rover brought its two new key models to bow the night before the show: the F-Type sports car and 2013 Range Rover SUV.

Both are important cars to their brands and represent significant chance. In Jaguar’s case, the F-Type is the first two-seat sports car since the E-Type saw production end in 1974. Meanwhile, Land Rover’s popular Range Rover luxury SUV get substantial improvements for the 2013 model year including 700 lbs in weight savings thanks to aluminum suspension components and a new aluminum architecture. Both cars got their global debut during the Paris Motor Show last September, but this is the first time either visited North America.

Pricing for the new sports car starts at $69,000 for the base V6 model and can run past $100,000 for the V8 S version which makes 488 hp and 460 lb-ft for a 4.3-second 0-60 sprint. It will also be offered exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Jaguar confirmed earlier this year that it would offer the car as a convertibel first, but that a coupe version would also be sold in the future.

Meanwhile, the biggest news for the 2013 Range Rover comes because of the aforementioned weight savings. By migrating to aluminum underpinnings, Land Rover predicts the Range Rover will return 22 percent better fuel savings while retaining the same 5.0-liter V8. The SUV will also get an eight-speed automatic this year to help achieve those fuel savings.

GALLERY: 2014 Jaguar F-Type

GALLERY: 2013 Range Rover

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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