Jaguar’s management team has now firmed up many of the key product planning decisions, after the recession held back some strategies.
A six-model line-up of two sports cars, three saloons and a soft-roader is planned around two alloy platforms: a riveted monocoque for the saloons/soft-roader and an extrusions/castings structure for the sports cars.
It also seems that the long-rumoured XF coupé has dropped off the plan, a victim of the decision to allocate resources to the new small saloon and soft-roader and switch the XF to alloy body construction.
Instead, an XJ coupé is being rumoured, possibly as the launch vehicle for an advanced hybrid based on some of the tech shown in the C-X75 concept. A revamped version of the 3.0-litre V6 ‘Cleveland’ petrol engine, aimed at Chinese-market XJs, is also on the way.
And in the longer term, there is talk of Jaguar doing an engine supply deal for a new petrol V6 with a partner. This could be Peugeot-Citroën, with whom Jag had a successful V6 diesel collaboration.