Audi bet big on aluminum in the 1990s and quickly established itself as the go-to Luxury brand for young, tech-savvy, upwardly-mobile
douchebags who don’t use their turn signals professionals. Another brand that tried to play the “aluminum” card in the early 2000s was Jaguar, but their backward-looking, 2004-2007 XJ8 (chassis designation X350) didn’t appeal to that prized 35-55 demographic. Today, however, the brand has a hit with its latest F-Type coupe, has a ton of positive buzz in the wake of its stillborn XC 75 hybrid super car, and has every chance of succeeding with a new aluminum initiative in its 2015 Jaguar XE.
Here, then, is our first look at what that next-generation aluminum Jaguar will look like – and, while it’s not a fully complete picture, it looks pretty sharp to me.
A series of “Ingenium” branded engines is expected to find their way under the hood of the 2015 Jaguar XE when it arrives next year. A 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (in both diesel and gasoline forms) will power the entry models, and the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 from the mechanically similar F-Type is expected to land in a “hot” version of the XE a few months later.
No word yet, of course, on whether the ultra-white-hot 4 cylinder turbo option discussed back in 2012 will find its way into either car (or into series production, for that matter) but one thing’s for sure: people are talking about Jaguar again, and that’s a big win for a brand that many thought wouldn’t survive 2008/2009.
Source | Photo: Jaguar, via Autoblog.