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Published on June 1st, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Jaguar To Build A BMW 3-Series Rival

Jaguar previously had a possible rival to the BMW 3-Series but it never hit the spot with buyers due to its drive dynamics and engine range. This was the Mondeo based X-Type. Now the compact-exec benchmark for the last decade or so will have a rival coming from Jaguar and they have serious plans to take away the BMW’s crown. The car, currently known as the XS, will be slightly more expensive than its competitors, but according to Jaguar, it will also offer a sense of occasion when driven, which will be unequaled by any of its rivals, so the price premium will be worth it. The car will probably be based on the PLA (Premium Lightweight Architecture), set to also underpin the future replacement for the current XF. Engines-wise, expect a combination of Evoque and XF engines to make up the XS’ line-up. This means that they will range from the 2.0-liter turbocharged unit found in the Evoque, which may be detuned to produce several versions, the 2.2-liter diesel recently added to the XF’s line-up, the 3.0-liter diesel found in both the XF and the XJ, and possibly one of Jaguar’s new engines in development. Jaguar might even use a supercharged V6 for the top model. If they don’t make the same mistakes they made with the Ford Mondeo-based X-Type, in terms of its concept, drive dynamics, marketing strategy and overall perceived quality of the car, Jaguar will definitely have a real winner on their hands, as there are definitely people out there who want a luxury sports-executive that is not from Germany.


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