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.