Jaguar’s new XE compact sports sedan just launched in the United States last year, and already it is the recipient of several updates for 2018. The base 25t model gets an all-new inline-four plucked from Jaguar’s Ingenium powertrain family, while there’s now a range-topping XE S model with more horsepower than the previously top-dog XE 35t variant. Jaguar also added a new digital gauge cluster display and padded the options sheet with a few extra active-safety and convenience features.
The 25t’s new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger replaces the XE’s older 2.0-liter turbo four, a holdover from Jaguar’s days as a Ford property. The new Ingenium engine family, from which the XE 20d’s … more
As one of the prettiest new cars on the road, the Jaguar F-Type hardly needed a facelift. Jaguar went and gave it a minor refresh anyway, and there's a new model–the 400 Sport. As the name suggests, its 3.0-liter supercharged V6 puts 400 horsepower to the ground, but interestingly it's only available for one model year.
Other than the power bump, most of the changes the F-Type 400 Sport brings are cosmetic. The 400 Sport comes standard with the F-Type's Super Performance brakes, Configurable Dynamics system, and 20-inch wheels. This model is only available in white, silver, or black, but Jaguar has included nifty yellow 400 Sport badging to add some visual flare. … more
Few descriptors in the automotive realm can match the versatility of the word “concept.” Often manufacturers slap it on not-quite-fully-baked vehicles to gauge public opinion, leaving plenty of leeway to redesign or abandon any project that fails to excite. That’s not the case with Jaguar’s new I-Pace EV concept. As Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, boldly proclaimed: “This isn’t just a concept. It is a preview of a five-seat production car that will be on the road in 2018.”The appearance of an all-electric Jaguar is not entirely a surprise. Word has been circulating for some time that the automaker was developing an EV platform that could be used for both an SUV and a sedan. … more
Jaguar revealed its aluminum-intensive, all-new XF sport luxury sedan at the New York show last week. I caught up with Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, and Stuart Schorr, VP of product communications, to talk about where the brand has been … and where it's headed.
The introduction of the manual transmission to the F-TYPE is very exciting. Are we going to see more manual transmissions in Jaguar and Land Rover cars and SUVs?
JOE EBERHARDT: It's really an interesting longer term question. For the F-TYPE it wasn't that hard just because of its performance orientation, and you'd expect that in a sportscar. Now I know that not many manufacturers bring that to market in North America anymore, I think … more
All-New F-TYPE Ranks Second among Midsize Premium Sporty Cars
Jaguar ranks second in initial quality among all automotive brands, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS). Jaguar achieves an overall score of 87 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), which is 29 PP100 fewer than the industry average and 24 PP100 fewer than the Premium brand average. Jaguar’s overall score is a 17-point improvement from the 2013 study, and the brand jumps seven rank positions in 2014. Additionally, the all-new F-TYPE ranks second among Midsize Premium Sporty Cars, achieving high levels of initial quality in its launch year.
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“When Henrik Fisker showed me his ideas, I got chills – it’s literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen,” says Beau Boeckmann. Both Henrik Fisker and Galpin have a long history with specialty coach-building cars, and draw their inspiration from pony cars of the 60s and 70s. Together the team created a sculpted, sleek design and loaded it with power and performance enhancements that rival supercars. The Rocket’s lines emanate from the front, through the long hood, over a set of sculptured flared fenders and converge on its integrated rear spoiler, belying the car’s extreme power and refined athleticism. The handmade carbon-fiber body—constructed by renowned concept car builder, … more
For a moment, I thought I was in trouble. Two burly lads were giving me the eye and they looked serious.
Then they spoke and I realized they weren’t eyeballing me, but the car, a $95,100 Jaguar F-TYPE coupe painted in breathless red.
“We stopped here to have a coffee, just to look at your car,” one said, grinning as if it were his.
The F-TYPE is the exception, not the rule in this car gig. Few automotive designs prompt men with scary tattoos and no hair – the MMA look – to sit down curbside and gawk. Beauty is uncommon, by definition.
Wayne Burgess, a senior Jag designer, tells me there is intelligence in the art. More is less, which means the few lines you find on the car are “superdynamic” … more
As automotive journalists, we get to drive a lot of really cool, high-performance vehicles. It really is the single best thing about this job. However, our access to vehicles is generally limited to the newest offerings on the market. That means, much like the general public, we don't really get access to vintage iron.
Jaguar is trying to rectify that issue for journalist and enthusiast alike, with a new program called the Heritage Driving Experience. It allows British enthusiasts to pop into the brand's Warwickshire testing site, drop anywhere from 100 to 300 pounds ($160 to $480) and go for a spin in some of the brand's most legendary offerings. That includes the more typical classics, like the Mark 2 saloon and the E-TYPE … more
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My first, ill-fated job in the auto world was at an exotic car dealer in metro Detroit. The job itself sucked, but the cars, they were exceptional. Amidst a sea of Tiptronic Porsche Boxsters, first-gen Mercedes-Benz SLKs and abused second-generation Range Rovers there were some real gems.
In particular, I have fond memories of a trio of undrivable Jaguar E-TYPES. Two Series II coupes as well as a Series III convertible (that featured a mostly broken roof) spent the entirety of my brief tenure at the dealership in the back of the musty service garage. I'd make side trips through there just to see the trio of E-TYPES, which rarely failed to put a big, ridiculous grin on my face.
Since that time in the summer of 2005, there hasn't been … more