Jaguar X-Type successor coming in 2015

Article by Christian A., on November 26, 2012

Jaguar has offered even more details about its products for the future. Jaguar revealed that it is developing an X-Type successor for 2015. This was codenamed X760. It is expected to be built on the premium lightweight architecture (PLA) and it will be offered with rear and all-wheel drive. The model may also lead to a crossover version in 2016.

However, it should be clarified that nothing has been made official yet. It is believed that there will be a redesigned XF that is internally known as the X260. The model will be available as a sedan and wagon but there's also a rumor that a crossover will be the third body style. The next-generation XJ (X360) sedan is scheduled to be released for 2017.

As many as three separate versions are included in Jaguar’s plans. These are a sedan (which may possibly be even more conservative than the existing model), a Mercedes CLS-like four-door coupe, and a high-end variant that is reported to be more appealing than a Bentley Continental Flying Spur but for just half the price.

In the short term, the F-Type lineup may include a coupe, an all-wheel drive variant and a high-performance RS. It’s also expected that the next-generation XK will move up market and come with more powerful engines. Not much has been divulged about the model but it will probably be bigger than the current model and it will likely be built on an updated version of the present platform.

For the 2008 model year, Jaguar said it will be giving the X-Type a new look. This is in addition to the new automatic transmission that will be paired to 2.2-liter diesel engine. The brand said further that it will be introducing new features on both the exterior and interior. Aside from the big changes to be implemented, it is expected that the X-Type will also have around 500 new parts. Even then, Jaguar confirms the new generation of this X-Type will still have everything that made the previous version exceptional.

Talking about the changes on the style of the exterior, these are merely a reflection of the new design language being implemented for its saloon models. The subtle changes on the inside plus a wider choice for equipment and trim highlight the premium level of the X-Type. As mentioned earlier, the X-Type will have a new transmission and this will be the first time the line-up will have a diesel engine paired to an automatic transmission.

With this, the brand hopes that the appeal of the new X-Type would extend further especially to those who have long wanted this particular combination. In addition to the automatic six-speed transmission, there will also be the Jaguar Sequential Shift and its one-touch control.

Regarding the X-Type, Jaguar Cars Global Marketing Director CJ O'Donnell said that this new model is all about accessibility, luxury, versatility, and of course, choice, when it comes to Jaguar. The changes, like the automatic transmission, he explained, represent a way of giving important emerging markets and well-known dealers with the chance not just to retain current owners but also to bring in new customers.

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