New York motor show announcement later today; roadster to go in to production before coupe
4 April 2012

A new generation of Jaguar model names will be introduced at the New York motor show later today when the company confirms production of a £50k-plus two-seat sports car based on the C-X16 concept.

The name of the new car remains top secret, but Autocar understands it will be announced at a press conference at the New York motor show at around 17.30 UK time tonight.

The New York announcement will also confirm that the new sports car will initially be sold as an open-top two-seater, rather than in the coupé form of the C-X16 concept. It should go on sale in mid-2013.

The decision to launch a roadster first is believed to be because Jaguar is keen to get the car to market as soon as possible. A coupé is expected to follow around a year later.

The powertrain for the launch vehicle is expected be a 375bhp, 332lb ft supercharged 3.0-litre V6 mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The V6 is new and has been developed from the latest V8, partly to give the company an entry-level, tax-busting engine in China.

In New York, Jaguar will also emphasise again that the two-seater will feature a stiffer chassis tune and crisper steering than the larger XK 2+2 to make it more of a focused driver’s car. Previously, global brand director Adrian Hallmark has commented that the driving manners of the two-seater will start where the XKR-S, the most driver-focused XK, stops.

The introduction of new names signals the overhaul of a system that stretches back to the era of Jaguar co-founder Sir William Lyons, and which has become increasingly confused as the marque’s model range has expanded.

The new naming strategy will solve a significant problem for the manufacturer - which previous owner Ford also grappled with - that the number of X-plus-a-letter combinations available is much too limited.

Some, such as XD, which was floated as a possible moniker for the stillborn early-2000s mid-engined two-seater, sound more like a diesel designation, while XS is already a well used trim level. The logic of the system is also compromised by Jaguar’s flagship saloon, the XJ, which sits in the middle of the alphabet, limiting the number of letters for other models.

That’s why, with Ford in control, the ‘S-type’ name was resurrected from the 1960s and why the Mondeo-based small saloon had to be the X-type.

Hallmark told Autocar last year that the previous naming system deterred some new customers, particularly those in China and other emerging markets, but owner Tata and the new JLR management team have finally addressed the problem.

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4 April 2012

ladies & gentlemen, place your bets...

I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with "X"....

4 April 2012

[quote curious_insider]

ladies & gentlemen, place your bets...

I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with "X"....

[/quote]

Ha ha, the odds are too short!

I suspect the new sports car will be called XE for obvious reasons.

4 April 2012

Based on what the article said about moving away from "X plus another letter" and trying to impress the Chinese market, anyone want to place a bet on X8, X88 or X888?

4 April 2012

[quote disco.stu]Based on what the article said about moving away from "X plus another letter" and trying to impress the Chinese market, anyone want to place a bet on X8, X88 or X888?[/quote]

I would agree that an Audi-like X4, X6, X8, with R appended for the performance models, would be quite likely but for one thing - I bet BMW has trademarked all possible numbers with an X in front of them!

4 April 2012

[quote March1]I bet BMW has trademarked all possible numbers with an X in front of them![/quote]

Excellent point - would certainly rule out an X8 (NO, BMW, THAT IS NOT AN INVITATION TO BUILD AN X8!).

They may still be able to use larger numbers like X-16 or X-75.

4 April 2012

Wow! I bet the organisers of the New York show are pleased that the biggest news is the "secret" name of a Jaguar

4 April 2012

I just wish they'd reveal a new sports car, whatever it was called. Overweight, auto-box boulevard cruisers don't count...

But keep trying Jaguar, and eventually, with luck, I'll be old enough to want one. (Currently 58).

PaulJ

4 April 2012

If the new sports car is £50k in supercharged automatic form then i hope they see a reason to make cheaper versions before too long. There have been pictures of developement cars with a manual box, and hopefully they will make it through to production, along with a normally aspirated version of this engine.

Jaguar might end up making the sort of car many of us have hoped for after all, and if they do i really dont care what they call it.

4 April 2012

[quote artill]Jaguar might end up making the sort of car many of us have hoped for after all, and if they do i really dont care what they call it[/quote]

Fingers crossed Artill. Despite the tone of my previous posting I would really like to want a new Jaguar, and not have to keep giving my money to the German economy.

PaulJ

4 April 2012

[quote Paul J]Fingers crossed Artill. Despite the tone of my previous posting I would really like to want a new Jaguar, and not have to keep giving my money to the German economy[/quote]

I am in the same boat as you. I would love Jaguar to make another car i actually want. When we first heard of the affordable sports car they were developing i thought it could be perfect for me, but it does need to be sensibly priced (i.e. not a lot more than the german alternatives) and have a manual box.

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