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Jaguar is setting the bar high for their BMW 3-series rival; promising innovative technology, the most desirable design and a car that “feels more alive” than rivals

Jaguar’s BMW 3-series rival must be “extraordinary” if it is to have any chance of sales success, according to Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth.

Test mules for the junior saloon have already been spied testing and the car is expected to go on sale in 2015. 

“If we do such a car, it is clear that our rivals have incredible design, incredible cars to drive and incredible strength,” said Speth. “We must create something that can rival that, which means our product must be extraordinary, but I also want our cars to deliver a human quality that sets them apart. Jaguar’s strength is its people, and our products must reflect that.”

Jaguar boss Adrian Hallmark added that the key attributes of the 3-series rival must be that it is better to drive, feature more advanced technology and have a more alluring design than any of its rivals.

Although he acknowledged that the likes of the 3-series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-class represent formidable opposition, and that their makers can fall back on larger economies of scale to drive costs down, he denied that the compact executive saloon market was unconquerable.

“The key has been getting the Jaguar F-Type at the heart of our range,” said Hallmark. “It stands for everything Jaguar is about and is utterly distinctive. It is the purest expression of what all our cars should be about. Now we must apply that strategy to forthcoming cars, including the baby saloon. The headlines of that car must be innovative technology, the most desirable design and a driving sensation that makes the car feel more alive than anything the opposition has to offer.”

The small Jaguar saloon is expected to sit on JLR’s highly scalable Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) aluminium platform and be built at the firm’s Castle Bromwich plant, which would then be able to run at full capacity. By combining the lightweight platform with latest-generation four-cylinder engines, Jaguar hopes to outscore the dynamics and efficiency of its rivals.

“Selling cars is competitive, and it’s no good expecting to walk in and steal your opposition’s lunch,” said Hallmark. “But we have a view on how we can differentiate ourselves from them, and we believe that at the end of the scale Jaguar will sell in, which is traditionally the higher price point of the market, we can win customers by being distinctive, by avoiding being aloof and by standing for something that is just a little bit different.”

The baby Jaguar is expected to evolve into a full line-up of body styles, including an estate, coupé and convertible. Jaguar is also tipped to be developing a crossover in tandem with the baby saloon, with the styling and capability focused more around on-road dynamics than any serious off-road capability. It is likely to be launched in 2016 or 2017.

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Harry P 16 April 2013

Where is the bias in the article?


I am sorry, but I fail to see where Autocar have been bias towards Jaguar with this article.  It is a report of a statement by Ralf Speth confirming that Jaguar has to ensure the car is ultra-competitive against its established rivals in order to succeed.   I am sure all would agree with this statement.

And even if Autocar were bias towards Jaguar is that such a bad thing or a surprise?  I am sure the German press are bias to BMW and Audi and the Italians bias to all things Italian etc.

Some people seem happy and determined to see JLR fail.

fadyady 16 April 2013

A good start

Baby Jag must be extraordinary to succeed. Yep! You've got that right, Mr. Ralf Speth.

Established rivals include the likes of Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-Series and Audi A4.

Equally potent but marginally cheaper rivals include VW Passat, Mazda 6 and Mondeo.

AndyWolves 15 April 2013

Seriously, the F Type's not

Seriously, the F Type's not out yet?? lol, I'm so out of touch.. These things have been trotting around Leamington & Warwick for months now.. Just assumed they were for sale...