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Six months after the Land Rover Defender rolled off at the company’s Solihull plant, it looked like it will be making a comeback, thanks to investments from billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.
The billionaire businessman, who is a chemical tycoon, is reportedly in talks with Jaguar Land Rover in hopes of resurrecting the model. It is still not clear if Ratcliffe is interested in buying the intellectual property of the model or parts of the production line.
According to The Sunday Times, the billionaire’s dream is to build the Defender in the United Kingdom. There are no details from the two sides about the negotiations.
Ratcliffe, the founder of Ineos, a £3.2-billion company, might move into producing vehicles as evidenced by his interest on the Defender. Talks with Land Rover only proved earlier reports that Ratcliffe is looking to venture outside the chemical industry, where he made most of his fortune.
It can be remembered that Land Rover stopped the production of the 66-year-old Defender earlier this year because of increasing stringent emissions requirements, as well as modern day crash regulations and low volume sales.
The next-generation model of the Defender is reportedly due in 2018 and 2019. Apparently, it will have two wheelbases and several bodystyles.
Meanwhile, Jaguar Land Rover said the opening of its new £20-million Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) Technical Center will allow for the development and production of SVR models. The company plans to make the center the birthplace of SVR models from now until 2020.
Currently, the division has three models—the Range Rover Sport SVR, the Range Rover SVAutobiography, and the Jaguar F-Type SVR. It is planning a fourth model, a Land Rover model, which will be due before this year ends.
According to Land Rover Managing Director John Edwards, the facility was inspired by a Formula 1 engineering center.
The XF was Jaguar’s most-awarded car after it was introduced at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Eight years later, Jaguar decided that the sporty luxury sedan needs a change, introducing it at the 2015 New York Auto Show.
Its design is largely based on the previous model, though the XF received a much more comprehensive upgrade since it’s now lighter and quicker according to a report.
Up front, there are narrower full-LED headlights, larger central air intake and more pronounced lower intakes. The taillights also received upgrades with longer and thinner units that emphasize the car’s width.
The XF is considerably lighter, thanks to Jaguar’s new architecture. This means the vehicles are now made of 75 percent aluminum, resulting to weight savings of about 132 pounds on the RWD model and 265 pounds on the AWD model. The new XF is 176 pounds lighter than its competitions.
Inside, the XF has larger legroom, knee room and headroom because of the wheelbase that now extends to 116.5 inches. At least for this segment, Jaguar bragged that it has the best rear seat and cabin space.
There are a number of infotainment gadgets—InControl Touch system that features a vehicle-optimized app suite, smartphone remote control, and the 8-inch touchscreen or the optional 10.2-inch touchscreen that comes with a quad-core processor, Ethernet connection, smooth graphics, and improved responsiveness.
It also comes with Dual View technology, meaning the passenger can watch DVD while the driver uses the display screen for navigation.
Other interior features include the laser heads-up display and the 825-watt digital surround sound stereo with no less than 17 speakers.
Drivetrains are now more varied than ever. Choices are: an Ingenium 2.0-liter four-cylinder oil burner, a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 diesel, two supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engines, and the rumored V-8 engine.
The Ingenium offers two power levels—160 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, or 177 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque—while the twin turbo diesel can go for 296 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
On the other hand, the two supercharged V-6 produces 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
The 2016 Jaguary XF will have a starting price of $51,900 for the 3.0L Supercharged V6, 340hp and $62,700 for the 3.0L Supercharged V6, 380hp.
Supercars cannot simply stay as they are. Customers are requiring much more in terms of performance, reliability and technology. Brands such as Porsche, Bentley, Maserati and Lamborghini have all answered the call for a sporty SUV. Now, Jaguar has also heard the need for it and recently unveiled plans for the F-Pace SUV.
But rumor has it that there’s a new player in town—a V8-powered called the SVR. This is a quick turnaround for Jaguar considering it has just started production of the SUV.
If it becomes a real thing, we should see the SVR being unveiled as early as next year’s Geneva International Motor Show.
Outside, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR is expected to be more muscular than the existing crossover SUV. The front bumper would have larger intakes with a chrome accent along the lower center grille and a glossy black insert.
Although the LED-equipped headlights would remain the same, the hood would get black vents. The tail-side of the front fenders would also have vents in all-black. Other features would include a front splitter, side skirt extensions and rear diffuser.
Inside, the sporty SVR would expectedly have a luxury-laden cabin that uses high-end materials and high-tech amenities. The infotainment system would include the InControl system—navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and smartphone app support.
To control it, you would have to use the large touchscreen on the center console. There are also some buttons on the three-spoke steering wheel. Options would include new upholstery colors, plus driver’s aides like automatic braking, lane-keep assist, parking assist, and carbon fiber trim.
The current F-Pace has three options, but the SVR would naturally require more in the tune of two additional supercharged cylinders in Jaguar’s tried-and-true 5.0-liter V-8. The output levels should match the Range Rover at 542 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.
Expect the SVR to hit 60 mph in the low four-second range with a top speed of 160 mph.
The regular F-Pace starts at $40,990 and goes up to $56,700. The SVR would most likely add $20,000 on the base model.
Jaguar‘s sporty two-door F-Type has been making waves since 2013 as a roadster and as a coupe. But although it has always been quite able, it is not time for an update.
The new F-Type is expected to be revealed next year at the Geneva Motor Show, according to TopSpeed. Although there are no exact details yet, spy shots of the new sports car at Nurburgring brings some vague but incredible upgrades that should apply on both the coupe and the convertible.
The F-Type’s greatest strength is in its styling, which was an original by British car designer Ian Callum. The low-slung and wide and long hood line with the angled roof are all perfect sports car designs. The overall styling combines elegance and athleticism.
The new F-Type won’t go too far from the original. There’s a downsized grille, covered intakes in the sides of the bumpers, and dual, blade-shaped inlets.
The spy shots’ camo wrap doesn’t let us see more, but the new units appear larger, moving horizontally towards the edge of the fenders. It adds an extra visual width to the front end.
We expect the headlights to be reshaped, and converted to LED daytime running lights plus an option for adaptive high/low beams.
No major changes are expected on the sides and tails, except for the taillights and few alterations on the rear bumper.
Inside, the F-Type has a two-seat layout while the driver can enjoy a three-spoke, multi-function steering wheel, plus well-bolstered sports seats in premium leather.
Minor upgrades are expected on the interior layout with the dashboard possibly being reshaped. The major change would come in the form of the centrally mounted touchscreen and the driver’s into screen in the gauge cluster.
Since there are no details yet on the drivetrain, we are expecting the current lineup–a 340-horsepower V-6 in the base model and Premium, a 380-horsepower V-6 in the S and S AWD, a 550-horsepower V-8 in the R, and a 575-horsepower V-8 in the SVR.
Options for transmission consist of a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic with paddles.
Currently, the F-Type range starts at $61,400 for the base coupe and $128,800 for the SVR convertible.
Boasting a speed of 567 bhp, 200 mph, the all-wheel drive Jaguar F-Type SVR can get your from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. That, in a nutshell, is how to sell this new monster machine, the first Jag to carry the SVR badge—named after the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations group.
But if you want to really get into the final specifications of the SVR coupe and convertible, then here they are: it has a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with a top speed of 200 mph, a more aerodynamically effective front bumper and splitter, a flat underfloor, carbon fiber active rear wing and rear venture, and an exhaust made of lightweight titanium and Inconel.
The Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 proves this is more than a coupe and convertible version of the Project 7 limited-run F-Type, which required a delicate throttle foot or a massive tire budget.
The chassis also had an upgrade to make sure this one’s going to compete well with other of its kind in the market. It has a new set of dampers and anti-roll bars, as well as stiffer suspension knuckles, wider tyres and lightweight wheels. You can also expect a standard Adaptive Dynamics, Torque Vectoring and stability control and “bespoke calibrations” for the 8-speed auto and all-wheel drive.
Outside, it looks meaner than ever, although the company hasn’t gone full rock-on weird yet with the styling. Ian Callum’s penmanship can be seen on the aesthetic designs of one of the most beautiful sports cars on the road today.
Jaguar said the pricing would begin around $126,000 (£110,000 for the Coupé and £115,485 for the Convertible), firmly putting this on the 911 Carrera GTS level. The company has released full specifications, features and photos for this machine.
Anyone wanting to get their hands on the Jaguar F-Type SVR will have to wait until this year’s summer.
Source: Top Gear
You would agree that when a Jaguar crosses you on a road, everything else ceases to matter. Such is the charisma of this much-coveted brand. So, when the news of on-road testing of Jaguar SUV starts doing rounds, is it possible for motor-lovers to control their emotions? Hear one, hear all – to be released in 2016 Jaguar SUV is being previewed on the international motor show circuit.
Those who have been lucky enough to cast their eyes on this beauty are going gaga about it and why not? It is a muscular show, and contemporary in style, by far Jaguar Chief designed Ian Callum’s best show, some claim. The 2016 Jaguar SUV retains the signature grille, the cat-eye headlights. Of course, the low-slung cabin with coupe like window graphics is there too. What has also been noticed is the thin, horizontal taillights, which lend it the agility and make it do justice to the brand name. However, don’t let this design bowl you over already, for it is heard that it is only indicative, that too only barely!
For all those who are wondering what this brilliant machine is called, well, all we have is some guesses. This SUV 2016 Jaguar is likely to be called the Q-type which brings with it a lot of controversies for obvious reasons. If that is true then chances are Audi and Infiniti are going to give Jaguar loads of grief over the name. It isn’t new to the motor industry, is it? Not too long ago Audi had to pay through the nose to Nissan for using the Q moniker. Now all we need to do is wait and watch how 2016 Jaguar SUV wants to play it in the near future.
There are so many reasons why it is such a big deal that it is hard to put them across in the right order. Most importantly, it is Jaguar’s first ever SUV and the reason for its launch is obvious. We can see that the brand wants to please this ever-growing segment. With this new swanky offering, Jaguar is aiming at pleasing an entirely new target audience – essentially a younger set of customers, with family and well, women too. Which makes it a well-strategised move that comes at a great time, too. It is certainly distinct from the other aggressive, boxy machines that are available in this segment.
For those who like their machines sporty, this 2016 Jaguar SUV is good news for it is a significantly sportier version or so it has been said. It is also going to flaunt an impressively compact cabin and very limited off-road capabilities. Talking about roadholding and on-road performance, they are definitely going to be one of the several highlights of this upcoming 2016 Jaguar SUV. Other crucial features include an aluminum unibody, gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines though six-cylinder models will also be offered. Though, on one level, all these features and highlights take a backseat. What emerges a winner is the brand Jaguar, which is definitely bigger than all its features put together!
What comes to the mind when you hear the word Jaguar? Yes, a super modish and lavish Land Rover stands right in front of your eyes. Jaguar, a British multinational unit is famous all across the globe for its luxurious cars. The unique make and refined look of the Jaguar cars have been captivating millions of hearts since ages. Jaguar’s cars are largely designed for the elite class.
This time it is not the Land Rover that the company is going to launch, it’s the ‘Jaguar SUV’. The first look of the car was premiered at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Though the company always hesitated from bringing out a SUV but in 2012 they announced about launching a CUV (crossover). In 2013, the preview of the Jaguar C-X17 has finally stepped the company in the SUV market.
This crossover model is an amalgamation of a sports car and a luxurious SUV. Though it is launched under the sports category yet its urbane looks make it a pure Jaguar. The Jaguar engineers have come up with a new architecture which is flexible and robust.
Talking about the super luxurious Jaguar C-X17, it is stylish car with exclusive external and internal features. The car exteriors are novel but some of them resemble Jaguar XF and XJ.
Following are the external car features of the car which makes this SUV an uncommon one.
Exterior Car Features:
- Aluminium unibody architecture
- Slim headlights
- Lower front fascia has a silver panel
- 23-inch wheels
- LED accent lights
- High mounted taillights are simple yet classy
It is a four- seat car with a size of 185.7-inch length. The wheelbase of this Jaguar is 114.4-inch. It has a ground clearance of 8.3 inches.
The Jaguar C-X17 interiors is a blend of advance interactive technology and traditionally crafted design. This results in a spacious, luxurious and erudite cabin space. The car seats and cargo area of Jaguar C-X17 is designed such that it gives a feel of a flight cabin. Here is a list of some of the features:
- Low seating position
- Two aluminium seats in cargo area with a Connolly saddle leather finish
- Panoramic roof
- Roof has a set of sculpted vanes stretched from front to the rear
- Multi-screen infotainment system- This feature enables the rear seat passengers to share audio files, photos and videos with the passengers sitting in front on several social media apps.
- Head-up display
Julian Thomson, Director of Advanced Design, Jaguar says “The C-X17’s design is timeless, yet absolutely up-to-the minute. Artisan treatment meets modern techniques in an innovative cabin full of luxurious touches and cutting-edge technical ideas.”
The superior interior looks of the Jaguar C-X17 are eye catchy and are sure to lure the car lovers. This concept car gives you an experience of a sports car with an enhanced and flexible driving experience.
Jaguar C-X17 will be launched in 2015 in markets all across the world. Jaguar’s management has high hopes with this new launch and claim that the car is for the global audience.
Jaguar SUV and Land Rover no longer remain synonyms to each other. What marks the Jaguar’s brave new future is the revelation of the C-X17 crossover concept car at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. The Jaguar branded crossover is a stunning display of the Jaguar’s new ‘iQ Al’ modular aluminum platform. While the luxury crossover market is in overdrive and armed with some amazing vehicles, Jaguar’s C-X17 crossover concept is a contender that looks emphatic and sharp enough to make a statement.
Jaguar is a British brand that has been a purist and is known well for its traditional sporting vehicles. The very fact has been a big reason to create blasphemy among many since the brand has taken a brave step to launch a posh-roader. However, potential rewards are many. For instance, Cayenne worked wonders for Porsche and the upcoming super-SUVs from the brands Lamborghini, Bentley and Rolls-Royce have already made much news and anticipators for them. This makes the new C-X17 concept from Jaguar an equally potential idea to anticipate for. And the sensational looks of the car only strengthen the point! Jaguar’s acclaimed designer Ian Callum, who also admitted that at first he was reluctant to design such car and is only doing it for the love of SUVs people are mad about these days, told, that though his team already knew what a great success was the sister brand Land Rover’s Range Rover SDV8 and its little sister Evoque was, they still carried their pursuit to give the C-x17 its own personality, intending to create a silhouette that emphasize on the sporty design of the vehicle.
With slim glasshouse and 23 inch alloy wheel that were added as a necessity to boost the C-X17s ability to make heads turn around while it rolls, Ian Callum also claims that none of the features, the bodywork is so out of the box that it hampers the production feasibility. The car has even got proper door and mirrors. However, the car’s cabin looks a wee bit outlandish but on a closer take it comes out to be a minimalist tae on the current Jaguar interior design. What makes the C-X17 look like a sporty beast ready to roll is a large single frame grille and two gigantic nostrils lit by diffused LEDs. And these sinister looking LED flashlights with a prominent upright black mesh grille mated with grey plastic skirting beneath the bumper while a muscular contoured bonnet stands above all, give the Jaguar c-X17 all the brawn it needs to take over the market of SUVs.
The jaguar C-X17 crossover concept is 4.7 meter long, 1.6 meter high and 1.9 meter wide. What the brand calls as a way to “introduce Jaguar’s new, high advanced, modular architecture” is a straight target to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The cars have been great newsmakers in the premium market of SUVs and it’s not much to think why Jaguar took aim at these cars. The first crossover from the company is highly awaited and has enough reasons to be waited for.
Jaguar has done an incredible job in the last few years with their new designs, performance, and service capabilities. Their new F-Type, with a release date yet to Be Determined, is no exception. I was fortunate enough to be at the release parade in downtown London, and I must say, this car is an absolute beauty.
There will be 3 F-type models to choose from ranging from $69,000-$92,000 MSRP.
This driver’s dream will feature
– 18” Vela Wheels with performance breaking system, and silver calipers
– Z-Fold, powered convertible roof, and automatic rear spoiler
– Incredible F-type design called “Heartlines” starts at the grille and runs over the signature LED headlights that look like a J-blade.
– The door handles even fit flush with the door to avoid excess airflow
The interior is fit for a king, and includes the liking of
– A driver-focused cockpit, with clear division between driver and passenger sides – so hold on tight!
– Incredible driver controls, LED displays, and ambient mood lighting
We then move into the Driving Core:
– 340, 380, and a super-charged 495 horsepower engine for the 3 models respectively
– Intelligent Stop and Start features to improve fuel economy, and a standard winter mode for all you northern drivers who just can’t pull yourselves out of the vehicle
– 8-speed quick shift transmission, dynamic breaking system, and an all-aluminum sport suspension.
This car is not only fast and fun to drive, but it is full of entertainment connections, and safety features that the most demanding customers will require. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!
Image thanks to blog.caranddriver.com