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Six Things to Expect From Jaguar Land Rover in the Near Future

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/14/2015 Erick Ayapana

Jaguar Land Rover is picking up the pace with new models and engines, and its showing at the 2015 Detroit auto show further solidifies that fact. The automaker unveiled a new V-6 turbodiesel for the 2016 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, and also confirmed it will be offering a new crossover in the form of the Jaguar F-Pace, previewed by the X17 Concept. We chatted with Kim McCullough, Jaguar Land Rover’s vice president of marketing in North America, who provided a few tidbits on the upcoming 2016 Jaguar XE and JLR’s plans for diesels in the U.S.

2016 Jaguar XE Front Three Quarter View© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Jaguar XE Front Three Quarter View

The Jaguar XE is arriving Spring 2016. Europe will get the new sedan later this year, but us Americans will have to wait until 2016. McCullough says one reason for the delay is because Jaguar wants to simultaneously launch rear- and all-wheel models. At launch, the XE will be offered in a supercharged V-6 and a turbodiesel from the brand’s new line of Ingenium engines. Also…

U.S.-spec XE sedans will be offered with a manual transmission. Yes, the take rate will be low. Very low. But McCullough says offering the XE with a manual transmission is important in solidifying the sedan’s sporty image. It will be Jag’s second model with a row-your-own option, following the F-Type.

The Jaguar XE won’t dilute the brand’s image. Yes, the XE will be Jag’s entry-level car meant to hook in new buyers, but it will still offer the premium look and luxuries that Jag customers expect.

Six Things to Expect From Jaguar Land Rover in the Near Future

Is Jaguar considering a front-drive, Mercedes CLA/Audi A3 fighter? McCullough, of course, can’t say. That said, Jag is aggressively looking to expand market share so lots of things are on the table. But Jaguar “wants to grow in the right way,” says McCullough.

Land Rover expects a 20-percent take rate for diesel-powered Range Rovers. Land Rover no doubt has seen the rising acceptance of diesels in the luxury SUV segment. Look no further than the Mercedes-Benz GL, BMW X5, and Porsche Cayenne.

Jaguar Land Rover will eventually offer diesels throughout its lineup. Minus the F-Type, of course. McCullough wasn’t willing to share what model will get a diesel next, but our guess is the Evoque, which will be the recipient of the new Ingenium turbodiesel I-4.


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