by Joseph Scott
We are close to the release of the new AWD (All Wheel Drive) Jaguar F-Type ...more details are coming out and you will be able to order with optional manual gear box.
The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is about to make some noise again and the timing is perfect for Summer time fun on those long road trips. The AWD option is available on the Coupe and Convertible models, however as stated in a previous review, the six-speed manual gearbox is only going to be available in the V6 model. The 8-speed automatic transmission is still available in the V8 models.
The AWD system is said to give the sexy F-Type a more stable and secure feel, especially on in the harsh climates of Europe and some parts of North America. Even though some consumers will stick with the 8-speed auto transmission, others may want to take more control and experience shifting with the optional manual shift in their V6 car.
Jaguar is also pulling a smart marketing move by announcing the release date of the new 2016 F-Type to coincide with the approximate time that some original F-Type owners would be looking for a lease turn in. Will they opt to lease again or buy something new?
How much longer will loyal fans have to wait to purchase the new AWD version of the F-Type? The V8 R Coupe with optional AWD system is expected to be on sale as early as March 2015. The car is estimated to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and top out at 186 mph, all while getting an estimated 25 mpg.
Consumers will have to wait till July 2015 to purchase the V6 Manual shift F-Type, but is reported to have a zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph. While manual shift fell a little short of the performance numbers of the V8, it was more economical with a 28.8 mpg rating (but who worries about mpg in an F-Type?).
Jaguar has many options and various prices to fit your budget; the F-Type starts at $77,679 (£51,250) for the rear-wheel drive (manual shift) V6 Coupe and $91,320 (£60,250) for the V6 S Coupe. If you want to drop the top, the convertible F-Type will cost an extra $8,307 (£5,485).
As soon as I can get my hands on the new AWD F-Type I will report back with a drivers review and give my opinion of what to expect. Jaguar claims that the car will still retain the rear-wheel drive feel of the car, while giving the agility and added control of the four wheel drive car. I’d imagine the AWD system will allow the car to feel more stable as it puts down the horsepower and torque on the pavement.
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by Joseph Scott
It did not take long for the all-new Jaguar XE to rack up an award. The XE was just named “Most Beautiful Car of 2014” at Paris Festival.
It must be rewarding to put so much time, effort, and money into an automotive project and then see the public embrace it. And what a thrill to see the car you have worked day and night on, win awards and praises from the press and media.
Jaguar has eagerly awaited to reveal their new premium compact sports sedan to the world and it did not take long for the awards to begin rolling in. The Jaguar XE was just named “Most Beautiful Car of 2014” at the Festival Automobile International in Paris. Ian Callum (Jaguar Design Director) accepted the award during a ceremony held on January 27th. The crowd on hand at the Hotel des Invalides included around 600 VIP’s and more than 60 media attendees. This was the 30th Annual Festival held in Paris and is decided by public vote and with more than 100,000 votes cast it was not an easy task to beat out the competition from the German’s. With 28% of the votes the XE was able to win against competition like; the Mazda MX-5, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, and the Fiat 500X.
The all-new XE is quickly showing a trend of being a winner, this was the second award won by the new Jaguar. The XE was also awarded “Best Production Car” by Auto Plus Magazine and the listeners of French radio station RTL. Based on the amount of innovative technology and performance this car is packed with, Jaguar will need a new wing on their corporate offices to hold the awards this car will win.
We (the consumers) can read every review and analyze each test-drive until we know as much as the test engineers do, but when the rubber meets the road, will the XE live up to the social media hype? If the sedan continues to win awards, it will be hard to resist giving this highly anticipated car a look or even a test drive. I’m already trying to line up my road test in the new XE, so line up behind me!
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by Joseph Scott
The reviews are in and Jaguar intends to impress you with a car that is everything you need and want. Jaguar’s XE sedan is currently being tested and the praise is plentiful.
You will have to decide if you trust each of the following reviews, but good or bad the press is about to bombard us with test drives and behind the wheel opinions. The Jaguar XE may be the most anticipated new car to launch in recent times, but will it impress or fall short of the media hype?
Let’s hear what some trusted sources are saying. Autoexpress.co.uk said “The XE doesn’t have the price advantage over rivals that some Jaguars have had, but all models tend to be slightly better equipped than rivals like-for-like. In such a hugely competitive sector, we’d expect maintenance costs for the Jaguar to be on par with rivals, too.”
The Express (Home of the Daily and Sunday Express) a UK online news source makes a bold statement with saying “Make no mistake; this car you see before you is probably Jaguar’s most important new car of the past twenty years if not more”. They go on to discuss how so much is a stake because this is also the car that will have to battle head-to-head with the mighty BMW 3-Series; a vehicle that many feel may be the benchmark in the premium market.
If we consider that the XE is about to enter the ring with the German trio (BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz), we need to look closely at the tale of the tape. The XE is sporting an all-new platform, all-new engines, and all-new styling…but is it enough? The XE is loaded with a long list of innovative and cutting edge tools and it knows how to use them.
Jonny Lieberman at Motor Trend says “I want this car now!” He seemed overjoyed after his test drive saying “I was pleasantly shocked by my own smile after about one mile of road time”. Speaking about the handling and tyres he said “Those tyres not only hold like a baby possum, but feature a great combination of elegant ride quality and low road noise”. He described his XE S experience “Ride quality is exemplary at normal speeds, and things stay smooth and relaxed up to 120 mph – Then, crack the wheel and you’re treated to about the best handling small premium sports sedan there is.”
Dan Prosser (EVO Magazine/Online) said “First impressions are very positive indeed. It seems to sit closer to the BMW 3-Series than the more luxurious Mercedes C-Class, but it actually combines the best of both – that is to say it handles very sharply and real composure through corners, but it also smothers bumps and road surface imperfections too.” He also makes a statement to those who have said its styling has missed the mark and is not distinctive enough by saying “Out on the open road the XE looks more attractive than it did on the motor show stands.”
Don’t expect all this luxury and performance to be out of reach for consumers; the estimated cost of the Jaguar XE S is just over $68,000. And that puts you behind the wheel of the 3-litre V6 Supercharged sedan with 335 horsepower capable of zero to 60 mph in just under 5 seconds (4.9) and a top speed of 155 mph.
The XE is due to go on sale in the UK in May of 2015, but not hit American soil until early 2016. Stay tuned as we bring more XE news and reviews in the next few days.
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by Joseph Scott
Jaguar has launched some exciting new cars lately and seem to be experiencing an economic swing in the right direction, but some online enthusiasts do not agree with the direction Jaguar is going.
I’ve been covering Jaguar for some time now and have read a lot of posts on social media like; Face book, Twitter, and LinkedIn……I also visit various British car forums and internet sports car groups and the feedback I see from many fans has surprised me.
Most loyal Jaguar fans are not happy at all with the direction the brand is going, they fill like Jaguar has cheapened the brand by building more and more cookie cutter cars. Aside from the new F-Type, most fans are just not that excited about the new cars coming soon, the XE and XF to be specific. Many fans are also not pleased with the newest announcement about the F-Pace (Crossover) vehicle from Jaguar, and it’s not just the name they are upset with. They see the venture into the SUV world as an attempt to copy what BMW and Volvo are already doing.
Most of the comments have a common theme that Jaguar needs to stick to what they know and what they are good at – building great cars with style and sophistication like the Jaguar cars are known for. I’m curious if this is just a trend of upset fans or if there are many Jaguar loyalists who truly feel this way. I see Jaguar’s side of this argument, they believe that they can bring more luxury and style into an SUV market with an upscale crossover that will offer more to the consumer than just another boring SUV to haul the kids around in.
I don’t have the answers but I report what I am seeing and hearing. Maybe the designers and engineers at Jaguar will listen to what the voice of social media is saying, but is there any middle ground where both parties will be happy? Time will tell if this is feasible.
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Car models come and go, but it’s typical for the last edition of each model to do something spectacular and the Jaguar XF answers the curtain call with a XF R-Sport Black Edition.
The new Jaguar XF model is due out this autumn and it’s sure to please the crowds, but before you get the balloons and streamers ready, the XF R-Sport Black Edition says “Look at me”! This edition is dressed to thrill and it starts with the 20 inch Kalimnos alloy wheels and a choice of exterior colors including; Kyanite Blue, Italian Racing Red, Glacier White, Ultimate Black, and Stratus Gray. And one of the most unique colors, the Kyanite Blue is limited to only 100 units sold. The R-Sport Black edition is available in these colors at no extra cost.
The extensive list of enhancements doesn’t stop with just wheels and paint colours, the car also comes exclusively with the 2.2 litre turbocharged 200PS diesel engine. The Black Pack includes a 770 watt Meridian sound system and electric full bond leather sports seats with 18-way adjustments with memory function. The R-Sport models already have a standard Winter Comfort and Parking Pack and a Gloss Dark Oak veneer to add the finishing touches to a classy ride. The long list of goodies also includes; heated seats, heated windscreen, front parking sensors, and rear-view camera. These type of premium trim items are what owners have come to expect from Jaguar and it is what will keep them at the top of the class in most categories.
Jaguar did make the decision to drop the 3.0 liter V6 petrol engine option, so the XF is currently only available with a choice of the 503 horsepower diesel or the 5.0 litre V8 petrol engine (543 horsepower) in the XFR and XFR-S. Jaguar must be doing something right because sales of the XF have increased every year since its release.
To help sweeten the deal on this special R-Sport Black edition Jaguar is offering a reduction in cost of the package. They claim £8,770 worth of premium options for cost of only £2,100, so potential buyers should have some instant equity built into their purchase (if they care about that sort of thing). Jaguar hopes that this limited edition will satisfy consumers until the all-new XF arrives later this year.
The long list of features found on this new Black edition may only be matched by it long name, when called out correctly the 2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport Black is kind of like saying someone’s full name. Time will tell if the loyal fans will run to fetch this sharp dressed sedan (saloon) and take her for a night out on the town. I’d say you will be the belle of the ball in this ride.
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By Joseph Scott
Jaguar announces a new system called “Bike Sense” that has the intelligence to warn drivers of oncoming bikers who may be too close.
This new safety system is scheduled to be fitted into Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) vehicles and aims to reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists each year. Estimates say there are 19,000 cyclists who are killed each year on the roads in Britain. The new system should arrive within the next two years and could improve the driver’s ability to detect approaching cyclists and make the roads a safer place for bikers.
The problem has been the tight spaces on the roads and between cars as vehicles and cyclists try to navigate the byways together. If JLR can alert their drivers to when they have a rider close to them or in the hit zone, they can make sure they stay aware of where they are and avoid a collision.
This new system will alert the drivers in many ways including a ringing bell inside the cabin and electronic controls that will actually nudge the driver’s seat cushions. Traditionally the cyclists have always rang the bike bell to alert the driver to the side they are passing on, and now the system inside the vehicle will hear this bell and activate Bike Sense and let the driver know with an audible alert inside on the same side where the cyclist is approaching.
If the car is stopped or parked, the door handle will even vibrate to alert the driver not to open until the cyclist has safely passed. If the driver is about to move the car or accelerate and a cyclist is in the area, the gas pedal will also vibrate to alert the driver.
The goal for JLR was to tap into the motorists’ natural instincts and improve their reaction time to the cyclist. The facts show that even minor accidents involving a motorist and a cyclist can be fatal due to the difference in size and weight of the vehicle and bike.
A Jaguar spokesman said “Sensors on the car will detect when another road user is approaching and identify it as a bicycle or motorbike – it will then make the driver aware of the potential hazard before the driver sees it.”
The coolest feature is when the system senses an oncoming cyclist from behind; the car seat will extend to “tap” the driver on the left or right side of their shoulder causing the driver to instinctively look over that shoulder to find the potential hazard.
Bravo to Jaguar Land Rover for raising the bar on this active safety system that will most assuredly save lives and reduce the amount accidents on the roads involving cyclists and cars.
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The official announcement has been made; the future of the Jaguar F-Type will wear an SVR nameplate and you can bet the 600 + horsepower cat will make a grand entrance.
I’ve been reporting for some time now that Jaguar was flirting with the thoughts of building a Super F-Type that would boost up the power and performance of an already awesome vehicle. I think the timing is perfect to launch this performance beast and Jaguar may even attract a few of the Porsche enthusiasts to take a look, but the SVR F-Type will have to come out of the gate strong and never let up.
John Edwards (Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations) confirmed to the Dutch publication Telegraph saying the future performance range will include an SVR version of the F-Type. An SVR would trump the brands current F-Type R model and strong speculation has it north of 600 horsepower. I’m also sure that the torque will increase and zero to 60 mph times will drop a bit more. The current R version of the F-Type already sports the 550 horsepower Supercharged V8 with 502 lb. ft. of torque (at 3500 rpm). With zero to 60 mph times in 4.0 second flat, the SVR F-Type should break into the 3 second range and that’s getting serious. No word on the top speed of the SVR but the F-Type R is limited to 186 mph, so the 200 mph club may not be calling unless the engineers at Jaguar decide to drop the electronic limiter.
The SVR moniker should fit the brand well, however some loyal fans have not been pleased with the recent naming of Jaguar’s new crossover the F-Pace. Fact is the SVR name has already been used on the popular Range Rover Sport which is packed with additional styling and performance goodies. The Project 7 F-Type in the photo above may give us some hints to what’s expected from the SVR “Super F-Type.
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After considering the opinions of over 15,000 UK car owners how did Jaguar end up on top? The XF is the best-selling model and makes no apologies for its looks.
Britain’s popular car buyers website What Car? and JD Power rated Jaguar as 2014/15 Best Manufacturer. Jim Holder (Editor-in-Chief) said “It’s great to see a Jaguar car rated so highly by customers in the company’s home market. The XF is Jaguar’s best-selling model and it’s easy to see why – customers gave excellent ratings across styling, comfort, and reliability”.
High ratings in the areas of styling, comfort, reliability, insurance cost, and dealer facilities helped them attain the Best Brand title. Jaguar’s XF ranked 10th in the survey and was one of the highly rated cars in the executive class. Jaguar continues to impress the automotive press, critics, social media groups, and internet forums as well.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director Jeremy Hicks said “I am extremely proud of the design, engineering, and manufacturing teams at Jaguar, for producing a range of cars that our customers adore. And I am delighted that Jaguar UK dealer network consistently delivers a service to our customers that means owning a Jaguar is enjoyable as it is to drive one”. “For Jaguar [to] be placed at the top of the What Car? / J.D. Power survey results for the third year in a row is a huge honor – With a number of exciting new product launches in our plans, we look forward to bringing the Jaguar ownership experience to a whole range of new customers”.
Another J.D. Power survey is the Initial Quality Study, which is a good gauge of new buyers. Jaguar placed 2nd behind Porsche in 2014 among premium brands. Among consumers, this is one of the most anticipated surveys because it’s a great indicator of the trend of satisfaction with each brand. Automakers dream of ranking high on this one and Jaguar is proud of this score because it speaks volumes about what today's buyers are saying.
Customer satisfaction is so important to automakers today that they have a team of specialists who are assigned to keeping track feedback from consumers and studying trends. Any improvement in customers’ experience can help them better manage any problem areas.
With internet and social media savvy consumers it’s easy to either praise or criticize a brand so automakers must stay on top of their game to ensure the customer is satisfied with the new car experience. This encompasses everything from the dealership, the reliability of the vehicle, all the way to service department and how they are treated during the entire process.
Jaguar uses the slogan 'Alive' to describe their brand and they listen to the echoes of their past success - technology, performance, and design…..the very DNA of what made Jaguar the iconic brand it is today.
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The highly anticipated all-new 2016 Jaguar XE compact sports sedan made its first US appearance at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI.
Jaguar says this car will not go on sale until 2016 and will be offered in the gasoline and diesel engines. Customers will choose between the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 capable of 340 horsepower with a zero to 60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed (limited by electronic control) of 155 mph or the diesel powertrain. We are still waiting for the full set of specs for this engine but we are hearing some rumors of over 40 mpg and that’s enough to get everyone excited! The 8-speed auto and rear wheel drive is sure to attract buyers looking for a break from the cookie cutter cars that most manufacturers are currently making. Early consumer reviews are raving about the styling and new technology Jaguar is ready to launch in the US.
Jaguar’s Director of Design says “Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE positioning as a serious driver’s car – the cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it’s standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-Type and will stand apart in the crowd.”
Jaguar has invested a lot to time and money into this new project in hopes that it will be a worthy replacement for the X-Type (compact premium segment). The XE comes packed with all the latest electronic goodies for the tech savvy consumer, including the InControl infotainment system with voice control, USB, iOS/Android connectivity, and streaming audio through the Meridian audio system.
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Jaguar XE Picture Gallery
(official images reproduced from Jaguar.com with thanks)
The Jaguar XE is one of 2014's most talked about cars - What Car? takes a closer look at the saloon that is due on sale in May 2015.