When Jaguar pulled the cover off the C-X16 concept last month at the Frankfurt Motor Show many wondered if it’d enter production. Those “ifs” have now turned into “whens” as Jaguar executives told Automotive News the car is nearing the production stage. Early signs point the sports car entering production as early as next year. The two-seater is expected to be the “spiritual successor to the E-Type” and compete directly against the Porsche Boxster. The concept shown off at Frankfurt had a V-6 engine of unknown size and a plug-in electric motor, but the production version is expected to run only on gasoline.
A compact sedan is also in the works for Jag, but Automotive News says it’s still a few years off. Jaguar’s last attempt at a smaller sedan was the Ford Mondeo-based Jaguar X-Type, which ended production after the 2008 model year. To be competitive against BMW and its 3 Series, Jaguar needs to hang a price tag less than $40,000 on the new sedan. A V-6 or a four-cylinder turbo (or both) are believed to drum up motivation for the new sedan. The compact sedan isn’t expected to hit the production line before 2014 and a coupe version is also being developed.
The main form of motivation for the three vehicles currently in Jaguar’s stable—the XJ, XK, and XF—is the 5.0-liter V-8 engine. New engines are in development but won’t be ready for a few years. Parent company Tata Motors Ltd. is investing $2.45 billion to develop new products, facilities, and engines over the next five years for both Jaguar and its sibling company, off-road giant Land Rover.
Jaguar also plans on putting a production version of the C-X75 supercar into production in 2013. Only 250 cars will be assembled over a two year span and will vary between $1.2-1.5 million. Jaguar is still mum on the supercar’s engine, but the car will have plug-in electric motors on both the front and rear axle. The chassis will be built of carbon-fiber and the car’s top speed is expected to exceed 200 mph. In super sports car fashion, the production version of the C-X75 is also expected to go from 0-60 mph in under three seconds.
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Source: Automotive News