A big year for Jaguar beckons, given it will launch additional or revised versions within its existing XJ and F-Type range, and an all-important brand new model, the XE, which will rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in terms of size and price.
Jaguar F-Type update — May/June
Late in the second quarter of the year Jaguar will expand its F-Type coupe and convertible range with a new all-wheel-drive configuration and — on V6 models — the first-time option of a six-speed manual gearbox instead of the existing automatic.
Available on the F-Type S and the 405kW/680Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8 F-Type R, the coupe and convertible’s AWD system is paired exclusively with the company’s eight-speed auto.
Jaguar has also swapped out the current car’s hydraulic power steering setup for one that utilises electric assistance. As elsewhere, this change is aimed at improving the car’s fuel consumption.
Specific local information including price will emerge closer to launch. See the link above for more.
Jaguar XE — August
Set to arrive in August, pending global supply, this is the big one for Jaguar, and alongside the SUV it will launch in 2016, one-half of a big push into more substantive global volume targets.
Styled to resemble a smaller version of the current XF, the XE will give prospective C-Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 buyers a distinctly British (and Indian) option.
Power will come from all-new ‘Ingenium’ diesel engines with outputs of 120kW/380Nm and 132kW/430Nm. Ingenium petrol engines won’t be available right away, but are coming. Instead, the XE will feature the existing engine familiar from its larger XF and XJ siblings.
You can read a more detailed breakdown of the range here.
Jaguar XJ update — September
Jaguar’s flagship XJ sedan gets an upgrade in the third quarter of the year.
As our spy images showed, the stylistic tweaks appear to be minor, but enough to keep the rather bold design fresh against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.