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Jaguar, Landy on 5-year march

2011-04-08 11:22

MORE MIAOW: Jaguar (and sibling Land Rover) have a host of new models planned, including a small car to challenge Merc's C-Class and BMW's 3 Series.

Despite apparently shooting down Bertone’s attempt at a Jaguar small-car concept at the March 2011 Geneva auto show Jaguar/Land Rover have confirmed an entry-level vehicle is in the works as part of the 40 model introductions lined up for the next five years.

Autocar reports the new sedan will be smaller than the Jaguar XF, although those familiar with the project are rumoured to have said that interior space and comfort will remain paramount. It should have ample room for five.

To accommodate the addition to the line-up, the next generation XF will reportedly be larger and more upmarket than the current car.


A four-cylinder, 2.2-litre diesel will be added to the XF catalogue. The engine will debut in a "future XF production car", the company said, although more details and expected availability will be made known at the New York auto show that will open on April 20, 2011.

Furthermore, Jaguar intends adding an all-wheel drive model to its flagship XJ range. It hopes the car will enjoy keen interest in the US (it enjoys five percent of the luxury market there) where as many as one in five road cars are sold 4x4 (they get a lot of snow in the US).

The all-wheel drive XJ is expected to be rolled out as part of a mild XJ facelift in 2013.

On the Land Rover side, the specialist SUV-maker is considering a smaller crossover to slot in beneath the Freelander 2. A new Range Rover should be unveiled in 2012 or 2013.

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