Jaguar’s future product line-up will grow to encompass an SUV and a 3-series rival

Jaguar’s future product line-up will grow to encompass an SUV, as well as a completely new kind of model to rival the BMW 3-series, Autocar has learned.

Speaking on the eve of the Geneva motor show, the firm’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark also confirmed the image-building C-X16 sports car was close to being signed off for production, and the C-X75 hypercar would boast Bugatti Veyron performance from 0-100mph, an all-electric range to exceed the Chevrolet Volt, and Toyota Prius level of CO2 emissions.

Hallmark said there would first be six significant products launched within the next two years based on the current line-up, including new engines, facelifts of existing cars and new variants altogether. These are likely to include an XFR-S model, a facelift for the Jaguar XJ, more premium versions of the Jaguar XK and a four-cylinder diesel option for the XJ.

Once Jaguar has refined its current range, it will then turn its attentions to its current model line-up. The C-X16 is likely to come to market first. It will be positioned between the Porsche Cayman R and Porsche 911 Carrera on price in its base form, and its range will include a full line-up of models such as hardcore GT3 versions.

Once Jaguar has its “image” car, as Hallmark describes it, the firm is likely to turn its attentions to the BMW 3-series. “We can offer a different proposition in that class,” said Hallmark, “that costs more and is worth more but it is more than worth the extra outlay.”

This model would significantly boost Jaguar volumes in its traditional core markets – UK, US and Europe – but its worldwide expansion will come with the launch of a new SUV, which will share its mechanicals with a Land Rover model.

“It will lead to more geographical growth,” said Hallmark. “We have the technology in the group and can use it, so why shouldn’t we? It’s not a top priority and as a group we already dominate the SUV segment, but we can do something different from Land Rover and not harm sales.”

The C-X75 hypercar will top the future Jaguar line-up off. Around 250 will be built, each costing £700,000 plus taxes. Aerodynamic design work on the car is largely now completely, having undergone extensive work in the Williams F1 wind tunnel. The final design is now being refined under the direction of Jaguar design chief Ian Callum.

The C-X75’s Cosworth-developed twin-turbo four-cylinder engine’s development is also at an advanced stage, and it has a claimed specific output of a huge 313bhp per litre. It will be mated to an advanced electric motor with 13 moving parts, and a battery pack with an all-electric range of 60km. CO2 emissions will be “well below 99g/km”, added Hallmark, although the C-X75 is believed to be at least three years from production.

Mark Tisshaw

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5 March 2012

Considering how hideous the new Bentley SUV is, Jaguar should clean-up in the sporty luxury off-road market. And with the new Range Rover coming on sale soon, JLR's dominance of the 4x4 market will undoubtedly continue.

5 March 2012

I agree, though I do have reservations about the planned engine for the ultimate jag - 4 cylinders and $1,000.000?? sonorous lightweight high revving V12 yes, but a cosworth 4 pot? No.

5 March 2012

Article doesn't mention 4WD versions, (except implied with the SUV). That's got to increase sales.

6 March 2012

Its all good news from Jaguar and the 3 Series rival cant come quick enough.If the SUV is not tasteful i hope they leave it on the drawing board.

6 March 2012

[quote Flash Harry]the 3 Series rival cant come quick enough[/quote] I agree, but doesn't “We can offer a different proposition in that class, that costs more and is worth more but it is more than worth the extra outlay." sound like they're attempting to price themselves out of the market before they even arrive? It would certainly make it sound like they intend to only go after the top end of the 3 Series market but doesn't that make up the smallest percent of sales?

6 March 2012

[quote gaco1] I do have reservations about the planned engine for the ultimate jag - 4 cylinders and $1,000.000?? sonorous lightweight high revving V12 yes, but a cosworth 4 pot? No. [/quote]

I think this is just going to be the generator for the electric drivetrain, so you shouldn't experience things like turbo lag - the power will be instantaneous from the electric motors' monstrous torque. Recalling the original prototype, they've evidently given up on the turbine idea and are looking for other lightweight options for exteding the range of the battery. I would suggest a small four pot with 500bhp (?) makes more sense than a V12.

6 March 2012

Excellent news that Jaguar doesn't plan to lower itself into BMW territory by making a 3 series rival. Better to stay aloof and expensive than become too 'Burberry'. I look forward to owning a chav free car.

Just a shame we have to wait for so long!

6 March 2012

[quote twyford]sound like they're attempting to price themselves out of the market before they even arrive? It would certainly make it sound like they intend to only go after the top end of the 3 Series market but doesn't that make up the smallest percent of sales?[/quote]

There was an Autocar front page on this last year - "Jag's £40k 3-Series rival" to paraphrase. Followed a couple of weeks later with an article mentioning £25k. Finger in the air time but I suspect they're going to try the Evoque trick of charging a whole lot more money for not a lot more car. A neat con trick if it works again..


6 March 2012

Eh? The Evoque is a lot more car it can go offroad for a start which most German SUV's simply can't do. It also looks amazing.

Jag need to give their 3 series 'rival' a lot more character than a 3 series and more toys. That's how BMW sell MINI's isn't it?

6 March 2012

The 3 series rival is only a rival if it costs the same, otherwise it become a rival for something more expensive.

Jaguar did this with the XF, and have spent the time since launch intriducing the models people appear to want, i.e. the cheaper, volume end of the market.

I really want to like Jaguar as a brand, but as they push themselves ever further up market i cant see one ever being a car i would have, which is a real shame.

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