Jaguar may unveil a new sports car in concept form at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. According to Automotive News, the debut might be a smaller coupe to slot under the XK in Jaguar’s lineup.
Such a car would likely be called the Jaguar XE — a car we’ve been expecting for some time. It would probably be positioned to fight cars like the Porsche 911, with nimbler and sportier dynamics than the larger XK range. Our information suggests the XE will be powered by variety of V-6 engines, with the spiciest being a 3.5-liter mill providing up to 450 hp. A dual-clutch transmission could join a traditional six-speed manual in the lineup.
The XE has been rumored to be Jaguar’s spiritual successor to the original E-Type, which incidentally celebrates its 50th birthday this year. As for styling, we’re expecting a shorter, stubbier version of the XK’s coupe and convertible designs. Plenty of heritage E-Type flair will be thrown into the mix, too.
The XE will likely be built on a version of the platform that underpins the XF sedan. Coupe, roadster, 2+2, and a high-performance R model are all in the cards. That same platform will then spawn a new version of the X-Type, a smaller sedan that will effectively be Jag’s entry-level vehicle. It would fight the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and similar.
If the famed British marquee does indeed debut a new sports car at Frankfurt, we’ll bring you all the pertinent information and photos.
Source: Automotive News