Jaguar launched its newly expanded 2018 mannequin yr lineup for North America final week, with the British automaker including the subcompact E-Tempo SUV, XF Sportbrake wagon, and XJR575 flagship sedan to its roster. With these new fashions, Jaguar hopes to proceed the gross sales momentum that made it the fastest-growing automotive model within the US market in 2016.
The 2016 model-year addition of the F-Tempo SUV and XE sedan led to a doubling of the model’s annual gross sales, and its finest displaying since 2004. For the approaching yr, Jaguar goals to cowl extra bases and lure within the patrons it missed.The primary new mannequin, the beautiful XF Sportbrake, marks the Jaguar model’s return to the premium station wagon phase in america. The final Jag wagon out there within the U.S. was the decidedly much less engaging X-Kind Property. On sale in late 2017, the XF Sportbrake affords beneficiant inside house and a near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution for patrons who demand such balanced dealing with from a wagon.
Initially, the XF Sportbrake will draw its energy from a 380-horsepower V6 and will probably be restricted to the S trim degree. Pricing for the XF Sportbrake S begins from $70,450 earlier than supply. Sure, it’s going to have all-wheel drive — so now’s the time for all of the auto fanatics to place their cash the place their mouth is. The final time Jaguar offered a wagon, U.S. patrons solely took house 1,600 of them over a four-year run. Don’t disappoint Ian Callum once more.
Subsequent up is the newest model of Jaguar’s venerable XJ sedan, the XJR575. A full-size tremendous sedan, the 2018 XJR575 continues a heritage of luxurious refinement and inside consolation. With a high velocity of 186 mph, this range-topper boasts extra energy than any earlier XJ. The mannequin encompasses a specifically tuned 5.Zero-liter supercharged V8 producing, you guessed it, 575 horsepower. Pricing for the 2018 XJR575 begins from $122,400.
The ultimate, however most notable, addition to the North American Jaguar lineup is the E-Tempo SUV. The 2018 Jaguar E-Tempo is a five-seat subcompact efficiency SUV that supposedly packs typical Jaguar design and efficiency right into a extra sensible bodystyle. Opponents embrace the Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1. The E-Tempo joins a rising Jaguar SUV household that features the all-electric (and confusingly named) I-Tempo Idea and the F-Tempo. Smaller than the hot-selling F-Tempo, the E-Tempo is a vital car focusing on a rising phase.
In line with Jaguar design director Ian Callum, “The Jaguar E-Tempo affords the proper steadiness between efficiency, luxurious and playfulness, bringing a novel sense of expression to the compact SUV market.”
Whereas the E-Tempo shares some styling similarities with the bigger F-Tempo, Callum claims considered one of its most important styling influences is the F-Kind sports activities coupe. That is particularly noticeable within the headlights, entrance wheel arches, and decrease portion of the doorways.
The E-Tempo arrives with two powertrains – the 246-hp “P250” and the 296-hp “P300,” each turbocharged 2.Zero-liter four-cylinders. Every engine is matched with a nine-speed transmission and commonplace AWD. Pricing begins at $38,600. The extra highly effective E-Tempo P300 begins from $47,250.
Of the three new fashions, solely the E-Tempo could have a major impression on international Jaguar gross sales, particularly in North America. Jaguar officers declare the E-Tempo ought to develop into the second hottest Jaguar mannequin within the U.S., behind the frontrunner F-Tempo. (At present, virtually half of Jaguar’s U.S. quantity come from F-Tempo gross sales.)
With the introduction of a smaller SUV, Jaguar’s continued, torrid gross sales development appears a certainty. The E-Tempo goes on sale in early 2018.
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