When the Indian carmaker Tata Motors became the new owner of Jaguar last year there were concerns expressed from the cross-section of the industry concerning Jaguar's future as a brand. However, these anxieties were laid to rest when Ratan Tata reiterated its vision for Jaguar and many have judged it an appealing one. Although Jaguar's current position in the midst of the economic upheaval is just the same as the rest, it has determined to weather the financial storm and plans to succeed. Among other things, Tata's plan for the Jaguar brand consists of a fresh roadster.
It was established by the Indian carmaker that the roadster's development was well within schedule and it was at the design stage at present. There are reports coming out saying that the Jaguar roadster will not make it to its intended 2011 launch. This however will provide Jaguar the time needed to come up with a new plug-in hybrid option in addition to the roadster. There will be a fuel-efficient three-cylinder gasoline unit coupled to an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries. It is a fact that the government of UK has released funding for Jaguar to facilitate the rapid development of technologies that aim at cutting emissions.
Other reports say that Jaguar will also be coming out with a plug-in hybrid option for its XJ flagship saloon that coming out soon. It is expected that the top of the range roadster will be powered by the new 5.0-liter V8 unit that produces 510hp (380kW) equipped with a supercharger and for the standard trim it will be the same engine but producing only 385hp (287kW). Even Jaguar's 3.0-liter V6 diesel produces 272hp (203kW) and 442lb-ft (600Nm) of torque. Recently, it was reported that Jaguar has registered the C-XE trademark with the British Intellectual Property Office, a clear indication that the XE is coming out in concept form at least. Since the previous concept model of the XF was dubbed the C-XF, it clearly points to an XE roadster model. [via motorauthority]