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Report: Jaguar 3 Series fighter to be aluminum?

By Damon Lowney

Jaguar XF-based 3-Series fighter mule - front three-quarter view, winter testing

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Jaguar’s upcoming BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class fighter that we’ve seen testing wearing a modified XF body is poised to use a lot of aluminum in its construction. Edmunds reports that the entry-level luxury sedan, long rumored to be called XS (or perhaps the Q-Type, according to Edmunds), will have an all-aluminum monocoque body structure, similar to the XJ, to save weight. Edmunds also reports that it will go on sale in 2014 as a 2015 model. Automotive News has a different story, and reports that a range of all-aluminum entry-level Jaguars, including the XS, a wagon and a crossover, will hit the market in 2015.

The XS will replace the long-dead X-Type, finally giving Jaguar a product in the highly competitive luxury compact sedan segment. As we’ve reported before, the new Jaguar is expected to be offered in the US initially with turbocharged four- and supercharged six-cylinder engines, although we have seen a diesel version testing.

In addition to the aluminum Jaguars, Jaguar Land Rover has reportedly stated that it plans to use aluminum monocoques for all upcoming Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, and that it will invest 2.75 billion pounds ($4.22 billion) on new products and production facilities each year for the next four years.

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Official: Ford Escort Concept goes back to basics

By Steven J. Ewing

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Here’s the thing about China: The folks buying cars there have a very different set of standards than shoppers in many other markets around the globe. While we all drool over hot metal with bold designs, and while we appreciate automakers going an extra step to inject even their cheapest offerings with aggressive and interesting cues, that sort of sheetmetal sex appeal doesn’t always sell in the People’s Republic. Case in point is Jaguar, which may be designing a more traditional-looking version of its XJ for the Chinese market, or more to the point of this story, Ford currently sells the less-exciting, last-generation Focus compact in China right alongside the new one.

So consider this new Shanghai-bound C-segment concept a preview of what’s to come for that more traditional, budget-minded, less-sexy market. More proof of this pudding: Ford’s even calling this concept the Escort – a nod to the Blue Oval‘s compact car days of yore, and a name that stirs up thoughts of basic, affordable transportation rather than great driving dynamics or bold design. “Customers in China described seeking a vehicle that is stylish – but not one that is arrogant or pretentious,” Ford states. And this new Escort concept previews a possibility of providing exactly that for this rapidly expanding automotive market.

What you’re looking at, then, is one of the most simple Ford designs we’ve seen of late, though it still incorporates all of the automaker’s latest DNA. The signature hexagonal grille is front and center, flanked by attractive LED headlamps and chrome-rimmed foglamp housings. The entire car’s design focuses on clean, smooth surfaces, with one strong character line flowing from front to back just below the beltline. We will say that the car looks decidedly more premium from the rear view, where narrow, horizontal taillamps with an LED accent give the car added visual width. Bland as it may be, it’s a handsome little concept, though fear what would likely happen if all of the conceptual details get dumbed down for a production model.

We aren’t able to see inside the concept, and no details have been released about what might lie under the hood. Ford is mostly using the Escort as a way to show Chinese customers what could be in store for a future product offering, especially since the automaker is committed to bringing 15 new products to China by the year 2015. Ford even plans to build five new plants in China by 2016 as part of a larger plan to open seven facilities throughout Asia-Pacific, with enough capacity to produce roughly 2.7 million vehicles annually in the region.

In addition to the Escort Concept, Ford will use the Shanghai Motor Show to debut the Chinese-market Mondeo, complete with its new 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine, as well as the new Fiesta ST. Scroll down for the full press blast.

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Report: Jaguar planning two bodystyles for next XJ

By Chris Paukert

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As we alluded to in today’s F-Type first drive, Jaguar hasn’t been selling its wares in China for very long, and as a result, buyers there usually don’t have the same appreciation for the brand’s history. So you might reasonably think that the company’s recent radical styling shift (kicked off by the 2008 XF) wouldn’t be as jarring to the nation’s buying populace since they really didn’t have the automaker’s more traditionally styled models from years past to compare them against.

Yet while Jaguar and its sister marque, Land Rover, continue to pick up steam in China‘s developing market, that apparently isn’t necessarily the case. Local buyers there tend to have more conservative tastes when it comes to styling, preferring more upright dimensions, big back seats and larger quantities of traditional luxury materials (think: chrome and wood) than other markets currently find desirable. Thus, the very bold current-generation XJ sedan may be leaving some sales on the table.

According to Edmunds, Jag doesn’t want to risk that, and as such, it is preparing two bodystyles for the next-generation XJ – one with the rakish coupe-like styling of the current model, and a more “old-school” three-box sedan designed to appeal to a wider swath of Chinese buyers.

Given that Jaguar’s small size means that nearly every model it generates must play worldwide today (with exceptions made for variants like the XF Sportbrake, which hasn’t been engineered to global crash standards), it’s reasonable to question whether Jag might offer both XJ bodystyles here in North America – perhaps in a tiered scheme like the Audi A8 and A7. That strategy might catch more profits for the marque, but it might also represent a setback to design head Ian Callum‘s vision for a thoroughly modern Jaguar portfolio.

Jaguar planning two bodystyles for next XJ originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New York: 2014 Jaguar XJR is large, in charge

By Zach Bowman

2014 Jaguar XJR - live at 2013 New York Auto Show - front three-quarter view

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There are few things in this world we love more than a huge, supersonic-feeling sedan, and Jaguar has just ripped the sheets off of its newest entry into that set of bruisers. The 2014 Jaguar XJR puts down a full 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque courtesy of a supercharged 5.0-liter V8. All that thrust lands on the rear tires through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the big aluminum-chassis’d four door can sprint to 60 miles per hour in a skinny 4.4 seconds. Top speed sits at an electronically limited 174 mph, and Jaguar estimates the machine will still return up to 23 miles per gallon highway.

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The 2014 XJR also features stiffer spring and damper rates along with an electronically controlled rear differential. Of course, there are plenty of styling tweaks on hand to separate the most menacing XJ from the rest of the family. Those include new fascias, R emblems and massive 20-inch wheels outdoors as well as special seating and trim elements indoors. Asking price? That would Be $116,000 for the XJR and $119,000 for the long-wheelbase L version. Check out the full press blast below.

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2014 Jaguar XJR is large, in charge originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Photos and Info: Crossover Duds and a Hearty Drivetrain [2013 New York Auto Show]

By Andrew Wendler

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The last Jeep product to wear the Cherokee nameplate was so beloved it survived three corporate ownership changes and an onslaught of more advanced competitors before finally meeting its demise at the hands of Daimler in 2001. Launched in 1984, that Cherokee—known internally as the XJ—and its boxy looks and loyal-bulldog reputation became an icon, and Jeep had no choice but to leave the name off its replacement. Calling the first-gen Liberty a Cherokee would have been akin to McDonald’s trying to pass off a tofu and bean-sprout sandwich as the Big Mac. (Of course, that didn’t stop Jeep from selling the Liberty as the Cherokee overseas.) But now, with a 12-year production run of the Liberty serving as buffer, Jeep is bringing back the Cherokee name to America, this time applying it to a vehicle that appears to be more CUV than SUV. READ MORE ››

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2014 Jaguar XJR: With 550 Supercharged Horsepower, It Brings Growl Back to the XJ’s Purr [2013 New York Auto Show]

By Alexander Stoklosa

2014 Jaguar XJR

Jaguar is resurrecting the XJR sports sedan for 2014 after a five-year hiatus, and it is showing off the big girl at the 2013 New York auto show. Not since the previous-generation, retrolicious XJ bowed out for 2009 has the XJ line featured something with an R badge, and this new feisty full-size four-door joins the XFR sedan and XKR coupe and convertible in Jag’s high-po R arsenal.  READ MORE ››

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Official: 2014 Jaguar XJR unleashed just ahead of New York show [w/video]

By Seyth Miersma

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Just a week after teasing us with the first image of the car, and mere hours before revealing it to the public at the New York Auto Show, Jaguar has pulled the wraps off of its 2014 XJR super sedan.

The British automaker has confirmed that the XJR will be kicking out a full 550-horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque from its supercharged 5.0-liter V8, affording the sedan a 0-60 mile per hour sprint of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 174 miles per hour. A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission will still allow for respectable fuel economy, as Jag estimates ratings of 15 miles per gallon city and 23 highway.

Newly tuned dampers and stiffer spring rates, along with an electronically controlled differential should ensure that the massive power of the engine isn’t wasted in transition to the road. Jaguar has also tweaked steering software and hydraulics, with the goal of increased road feel, response and overall feedback. 20-inch signature wheels carry wide Pirelli rubber (265-section up front, 295 in back) to keep the XJR planted.

Visually, the unique wheels, grille badges, sills and a discrete trunklid spoiler all call out the newest and most fearsome member of the XJ line. Inside, R badges on the seatbacks and elsewhere, as well as some unique seating, trim and stitching options, mark out the XJR. All in, the standard wheelbase XJR will carry an MSRP of $116,000, with $119,000 asked of the long-wheelbase model. Scroll down to see a video of the 2014 Jaguar XJR in action, as well as to find the full press release.

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Plus-Size Performance Pussycat: Jaguar Previews 550-hp 2014 XJR [2013 New York Auto Show]

By Alexander Stoklosa

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The XJR returns! Jaguar has announced it will release an XJR sedan for 2014, and that the sporty model will debut at the 2013 New York auto show. Recently, Jaguar gave the XJ a mild refresh for 2013, but it hasn’t sold an R version of its biggest sedan since 2009, the year before the new-look, current-generation model bowed.



Unlike Jaguar’s other R models, the 510-hp XFR and the XKR, the XJR will be powered by a 550-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine shared with the higher-output XFR-S and XKR-S. It also will receive the requisite host of chassis and suspension enhancements to improve handling and braking. As is clear from the single XJR photo Jaguar released, the car also will get subtle cosmetic upgrades to visually announce its R-itude. The XJR likely will slot into the XJ lineup above the 510-hp XJ Supersport and XJL Supersport, which until now has been the spiciest XJ on offer.

Look for more details—like whether the XJR will be offered only in short-wheelbase, non-L form—to follow the XJR’s debut in New York. A part of us really hopes Jaguar decides to take the XJR one step further and roll out an even more-powerful (and French Racing Blue) XJR-S.

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Official: 542-HP Jaguar XJR to debut at New York Auto Show

By Seyth Miersma

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Jaguar has just announced that a higher-than-ever performance version of its XJ flagship will be coming to this year’s New York Auto Show next week. Joining the company’s R lineup is this XJR, which will boast a stonking 542 horsepower from its supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Though details about the new XJ are pretty slim – you can read Jag’s teaser of a press release – we are told that the car will ride on a “bespoke chassis” and that some aerodynamics work has been done, as well. The one sultry image we have of the car shows a set of trim-specific wheels, lower sills and unique badging on the front grille.

The new XJR would seem to slot above the current top-dog XJ, the XJ Supersport. With a bump up of 32 hp versus the Supersport, performance should get a meaningful shot in the arm, as well. As for pricing, we’ll have to wait for the NYC show to be sure. But other Jaguar models show an increase of between 15- and 20-percent between the R model and the next one down; that would indicate a price tag in the $130k range for a standard wheelbase XJR is in order.

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542-HP Jaguar XJR to debut at New York Auto Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2013 Jaguar “Roar Responsibly” Commercial: To Get It, Don’t Pay Attention [The Ad Section]

By Don Klein

2013 Jaguar Roar Responsibly

Award-winning ad man-cum-auto journalist Don Klein knows a good (or bad) car commercial when he sees one; the Ad Section is his space to tell you what he thinks of the latest spots. The ad’s rating is depicted via the shift pattern at the bottom, but everyone has an opinion when it comes to advertising, so hit Backfires below and tell us what you think, too.

Pop quiz: Based on this commercial, how many miles per gallon can you get with the 2013 Jaguar XF and XJ?

Are you sure? Sometimes, commercials are a bit like magic tricks: You swear you saw something happen right before your eyes (“They sawed that lady in half!”), but you really didn’t. Ad creators, like magicians, know how they want to direct your attention, so sometimes they keep their hands and patter zipping right along, even though what they’re saying doesn’t necessarily match what they’re showing. It’s not easy to do, but good magicians (and good ad men) can pull it off.

When I look at this commercial, here’s what I see: First, there’s a red XF being driven through a city. It looks nice. The announcer comes on and tells us “It’s got performance with efficiency,” so, naturally, I’m thinking he’s talking about the XF, because that’s what’s on the screen. He continues to say “It’s got all you want, in a car as alive as you are,” but now we’re seeing a different model, a gold XJ, so the “it” must refer to the entire Jaguar sedan line. To keep me thinking that way, the XF reappears as if to emphasize what he just said about the XJ. So he means both statements apply to both sedans, right?

Then we see a montage of Jaguar-related images before cutting back and forth between the two cars as the announcer says, “Introducing the supercharged V-6 and turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets 30 miles per gallon highway, from Jaguar. So now you can roar responsibly.” Which is the main message of the commercial.

Ah, so the reason they keep switching from car to car and intermingling their attributes is because you can get these new engines in both the XF and XJ, right? Wrong. The six is available in both cars, but only the XF offers the turbo four, and that’s the engine that returns an EPA-rated 30 mpg. And even though that’s the highway-only figure, when the announcer says “highway,” they show a city driving shot. To add to the confusion, the car depicted at that point is the XJ, not the XF. So while no one explicitly says that the XJ gives you 30 mpg, you’d be forgiven for thinking so, especially since they never tell you the XJ’s mileage.

For the record, the SWB rear-drive XJ 3.0 is rated for 27 mpg highway, while the rear-drive LWB and AWD 3.0 XJs get 24 highway. You’ll notice that none of those numbers equal 30. At 23 mpg, the turbo-four XF’s combined fuel-economy number—which the ad doesn’t …read more
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Jeep Releases First Official Photos of 2014 Cherokee [2013 New York Auto Show]

By Erik Johnson

2014 Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee is back. The sparse release accompanying these images—spat out on the heels of clandestine photos published today by Jalopnik, as well as the rather accurate rendering we published last month—confirms that the Liberty replacement will resurrect the hallowed badge when it debuts in late March. (At least in the U.S.; the Liberty was badged as a Cherokee for other markets.) The name change is something we’ve been discussing as far back as early last summer.

While official details won’t arrive until the New York auto show next month, we have a good idea of what to expect from the 2014 Cherokee. Built at Jeep’s Toledo plant on a version of the front-drive Compact U.S. Wide bones that underpin the Dodge Dart, it’s a solid bet that the engine bay will host four-cylinder and V-6 power. The identity of the former is still a mystery—The Dart’s 1.4-liter turbo four or Alfa’s 1.8-liter turbo four remain strong possibilities—but the V-6 will be a 3.2-liter version of Chrysler’s corporate Pentastar engine. We also expect ZF’s nine-speed automatic transmission, which would more than double the number of forward ratios available in the Liberty. (Read more about the 2014 Cherokee.)

As for the new Cherokee’s styling, it’s, um, rather funky. The Jeep badge is present, as is the all-important seven-slot grille, but the overall look eschews the old XJ’s boxy style in favor of softer crossover lines. It’s an aesthetic philosophy adopted by the latest Grand Cherokee, but that model has a more conventional front end: The face of the Cherokee thus far proves difficult to love. It features a Nissan Juke–light arrangement, with LED running lamps and turn signals arrayed up top and the headlights embedded in separate pods below. At least these professional shots—as well as the dark paint and the fact that it appears to be a top-spec trim with body-color bumpers—cast it in better light than does the gray-cladded and presumably base example that appeared on Jalopnik.



Even without taking the new look into account, it’s likely going to be tough to get the Jeep faithful to accept the Cherokee name on a front-drive-based suburban transportation pod, no matter how many versions end up wearing a Trail Rated badge. That said, the Liberty’s rough-and-tumble driving dynamics and unrefined character created few converts. Unfortunately for purists, we think we know which approach ultimately will prove most successful for Jeep.

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Official: Range Rover's new base V6 engine official

By Steven J. Ewing

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Following a report from last week, Land Rover has officially announced that the 2014 Range Rover will be offered with a new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 as its base engine, replacing the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8. And not to worry, the charming 510-horsepower supercharged V8 will still be available.

The new V6 is the same unit recently stuffed under the hood of the Jaguar XF and XJ, good for 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, running to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and featuring start/stop fuel-saving technology. Hitting 60 miles per hour will take 7.1 seconds – a reduction of six-tenths of a second versus the outgoing 5.0-liter mill, and top speed is rated at 130 miles per hour.

Where this new engine really helps the Range Rover is in fuel economy. The 3.0-liter engine is estimated to achieve EPA ratings of 16/22/18 miles per gallon (city/highway/combined), improvements of four mpg in each driving cycle.

The 2014 Range Rover hits showrooms this summer. Scroll down for the automaker’s official release.

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2014 Range Rover to Replace Naturally Aspirated V-8 with Familial Supercharged V-6

By Jens Meiners

Just a few weeks ago, we found ourselves largely agreeing with Land Rover’s description of the 2013 Range Rover‘s 5.0-liter V-8: According to the press release, it provides “a compelling combination of smooth, responsive performance and immaculate refinement.” Apart from the flowery style, we couldn’t have put it better. But alas, a year after the launch of the new Range Rover, the 375-hp, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 is history. As the 2013 models are just about spoken for, Land Rover is gearing up to take orders for the 2014 model year. Henceforth, the entry-level engine will be a 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.

The new six-cylinder will be the same mill available in the Jaguar lineup, altered slightly for service in the SUV. The decision to downsize doesn’t only mean less power, but also less torque—down from 375 lb-ft to the realm of 332 lb-ft. Despite losing 35 horsepower and 43 lb-ft, the V-6–powered Range Rover shouldn’t feel any more lethargic than the eight-cylinder it replaces thanks to the immediacy of the six’s supercharger. Land Rover says sprints from standstill to 60 mph will take 7.1 seconds (six-tenths slower than the outgoing V-8), and top speed will remain a governed 130 mph—a velocity at which the Range Rover proves itself as an extremely well-balanced and stable high-speed cruiser.

The real gains to be had in this change in offerings come down to fuel economy. The EPA estimates that Jaguar Land Rover’s supercharged V-6 will be good for 16 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway when mounted in the Range. That’s about a 10-percent improvement over the now-deceased V-8′s marks of 14/20. In addition, the reduced weight on the front axle will make the Range Rover a more agile and willing companion on twisty roads.



The new entry-level Range Rover is just the latest example of the trend toward downsized, super- and turbocharged engines in the high-end luxury segment. And if you think the downsizing fad is bad Stateside, have a look at the offerings elsewhere: In Europe, the Mercedes-Benz S-class is available with a four-cylinder diesel, China gets a Jaguar XJ with a turbo four, and the Audi A8 hybrid—aimed at both Europe and China—comes with a 2.0-liter four-banger paired with an electric motor. Our advice is to enjoy the six-cylinders as long as they last.

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2013 Jaguar XF / XJ 3.0 AWD First Drives: A Couple of Arctic Cats

By Aaron Robinson

2013 Jaguar XJ 3.0 AWD and XF 3.0 AWD

If you live in Southern California or south Florida, Jaguar’s two best markets, an all-wheel-drive Jag is as useless as a chocolate teapot. But if you live in the Northeast, another hot zone for luxury nameplates, almost all of which make good money on AWD, it’s a different matter. Jaguar needs this all-weather option, and the price-leading XF and the flagship XJ get it for an extra $3000 and $3500, respectively. It comes in both cars, teamed exclusively with the new supercharged and direct-injected 3.0-liter V-6 that pulls 340 horsepower. READ MORE ››

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