XE LONG WHEELBASE SPOTTED – autocar

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The Jaguar XEL, a long-wheelbase version of the XE compact executive saloon, has been spotted testing in Britain ahead of its market launch in China.

The new saloon will be around 120mm longer than the regular XE in order to offer more space in the back and appeal to Chinese demand for chauffeur-driven models.

Slotting beneath the larger XFL and XJL, which also target China, the XEL will add rear entertainment including screens and controls for the car’s infotainment.

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There could also be an optional massage function, four-way lumber adjustment and window blinds, as seen on the XFL and XJL.

As shown by the development car, there will be no major changes to the car’s design aside from the extended body.

Due to its longer structure, the heavier XEL is likely to forgo the less powerful engines used by the regular XE, which gets turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines with up to 247bhp.

Autocar contacted Jaguar for comment on the model, but the company refrained from confirming its arrival. Nevertheless, the sighting of this development car suggests it could be launched this year.

The Shanghai motor show, which takes place next month, is a possible venue for the car’s debut. Like the other long-wheelbase models, the XEL will almost certainly not be sold in Britain, but it could be offered in other markets outside China.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO CONSIDER BUYING VAUXHALL – automotive news

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Jaguar Land Rover has been on a roll since separating from Ford in 2008. New models, new engines, new technology and new plants have more than doubled the automaker’s global sales to 583,312 last year.

But now the next — and far more difficult — challenge awaits: growing annual global volume to 1 million vehicles, a goal of JLR’s hard-charging German CEO, BMW-trained Ralf Speth.

Here’s a way JLR could do it quickly and more affordably than bringing back a dead and damaged brand such as Rover: Buy Vauxhall from PSA Group.

With the addition of the Range Rover Velar and the fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery, as well as filling out the Jaguar lineup with the XE compact sedan and F-Pace crossover, JLR’s volume should easily top 600,000 vehicles in 2017 — barring any dramatic economic disruptions.

More derivatives from existing platforms are on the way but will likely add only incremental sales and won’t propel JLR to 1 million light vehicles a year.

Adding Vauxhall to JLR’s corporate garage makes sense for JLR and for PSA. The real prize in the GM deal was Opel, which alone accounts for about 1 million vehicles a year. Vauxhall, consisting of rebadged Opels and sold only in the U.K., is excess baggage for PSA.

Vauxhall, which has its own dealer network and plant in Ellesmere Port, has seen its volume hold steady at around 250,000 vehicles per year in the U.K.

Vauxhall under JLR could expand into segments and markets that are not appropriate for Jaguar- nor Land Rover-badged vehicles.

Also, JLR engineers have been quietly working in India on Tata Motors’ core entry-level vehicles to make them more competitive in that tough market, so JLR engineers are gaining experience working on nonluxury vehicles.

I can envision JLR creating for Vauxhall a Subaru-like lineup of subcompact and compact all-wheel-drive sedans, hatchbacks, wagons and small SUVs powered by three- and four-cylinder Ingenium engines.

BMW is the company JLR has emulated most since the split with Ford. In fact, many of JLR’s top managers come from BMW, so it is no surprise that JLR is beginning to look a lot like a sort of British BMW.

But even BMW has a hedge against economic turmoil with Mini. That is a role that Vauxhall could play at Jaguar Land Rover.

BEST IMAGE YET OF E-PACE – carscoops.com

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Not being aware of Jaguar’s naming strategy means that one could be easily fooled into thinking that the E-Pace is an all-electric model.

However, this slot is reserved for the I-Pace, with the new E-Pace to be placed right below the F-Pace in the brand’s crossover lineup, after the British luxury automaker developed a taste for SUVs and is using Land Rover’s know-how in the field.

This prototype was captured on camera by Carscoops reader Misja S. who told us, “I took these pics today in Tessenderlo (Belgium). I guess it’s the new Jaguar E-Pace.”

The smallest crossover in Jaguar’s lineup is better proportioned than its larger sibling with a more steeply raked rear windscreen, but it will adopt some of the F-Pace’s lines along with the familiar grille at the front.

Inside, expect the latest InControl Touch Pro infotainment system from the F-Pace while benefiting from improved interior quality, which will help it go against the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3.

Based on the same underpinnings as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, with which it was spied testing together, the Jaguar E-Pace will use a raft of 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines, producing as much as 240 horses, while a hybrid powertrain could join the family later on.

Jaguar is expected to pull the cover off the new E-Pace this summer.

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