These are the latest spy shots of Jaguar’s next entry-level model testing on UK roads. Set to take the form of either a Mercedes CLA-style four-door coupe or a coupe-crossover in the vein of the BMW X4, the new Jaguar should arrive in 2015.
This is what became the Jaguar XE.
What powers this test mule?
Under the bonnet of this sorry-looking XF bodyshell is a 3.0-litre petrol V6 engine. The new V6 is currently used in the F-type sports car, and has replaced the normally aspirated V8s found in the XJ limo and Range Rover Sport in the USA. The relatively thirsty power plant points to Jaguar shunning frugal 3-series territory for its new car in favour of more upmarket positioning. It’s a lucrative one too: Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark told car the new model would enter a segment worth 2.8million annual vehicle sales.
What other oddities are there about this Jaguar test mule?
There’s a different braking system to a regular XF saloon: the brake calipers have swapped position on the rear axle, assuming the same placement as the new Range Rover Sport. The recessed door handles also point to new latch mechanisms being applied to existing panels.
What do we know for sure about the new baby Jag?
It’ll share a modular platform with the next XF, and naturally be made from aluminium to streamline production methods and save weight. Both cars will be rear-wheel drive as standard, though like BMW and Mercedes, Jaguar will roll out optional all-wheel drive across its range – a big sales grabber in parts of the US, Russia and Europe which suffer with tricky wintry conditions.
Meanwhile, Jaguar has invested £500m to create a new engine production facility in Wolverhampton to build the four-cylinder and V6 engines that’ll power the next generation of Jaguar Land Rover products.
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