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New for 2011-Jaguar

New for 2011-Jaguar

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
Jaguar ModelsHistory
Founded in 1922, Jaguar is a British automaker specializing in luxury and performance vehicles. Headquartered in England, the company started business as a motorcycle manufacturer named the Swallow Sidecar Company. The company made its first car in 1935, and officially changed its name to Jaguar in 1945.

After decades under British ownership, when the company launched such cars as the famed E-Type and the Mark IV, Jaguar was purchased by Ford Motor Company in 1989 (in a deal that included Land Rover, Volvo and others). A bit more than 20 years later, Ford transferred its ownership in 2008. This time, the company was purchased by Tata Motors, of India.

In addition to its passenger vehicles, Jaguar is also known for its racing history (the company has raced in the famed 24 Hour of Le Mans and in modern Formula One events). While Jaguar's current lineup includes just three models (two sedans and one coupe), the automaker has carved out an exclusive niche in the European luxury segment. Headquartered in England, Jaguar manufactures automobiles in Europe for sale around the globe.

2011 Jaguar Models at a Glance:
  • XF-New engines and performance model
  • XJ-All-new redesign for 2011
  • XK-New engines and slight cosmetic enhancements

For More Information:2010 Jaguar XF2011 Jaguar XF
Launched as an all-new model in 2009, the Jaguar XF replaced the Jaguar S-Type. While the sheetmetal and interior of the XF were all new, the model was still loosely based on the basic structure of the S-Type (originally sourced from Ford)-except that the XF features more advanced crash protection and a taller cabin for more interior room.

The suspension of the XF is essentially identical to that used on the XK coupe, while the engine lineup (4.2-liter V-8 engines in the standard models) was carried over from the S-Type. New for 2011, Jaguar has upgraded all of the XF models with new engines. The new powerplant for the standard models is a 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 385 horsepower (last year's engine was rated at 300 horsepower). The supercharged model is now rated at 470 horsepower. A new flagship performance model, called the "XFR," is fitted with performance upgrades including a specially tuned, supercharged V-8 engine rated at 510 horsepower (and good for a 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.7 seconds, according to Jaguar).

Highlights:
  • New engines and a performance model for 2011
  • Four models: XF, XF Premium, XF Supercharged, and XFR
  • NEW Standard 5.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 385 horsepower (XF models)
  • NEW Standard 5.0-liter, supercharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 470 horsepower (Supercharged models)
  • NEW Standard 5.0-liter, supercharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 510 horsepower (XFR model)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW High-performance "XFR" is introduced
  • NEW Five year/50,000-mile standard maintenance program on all Jaguar models

2011 Jaguar Models at a Glance:2011 Jaguar XJ2011 Jaguar XJ
Originally launched in 1968, the Jaguar XJ was designed from the start to be the flagship of the British automaker's lineup. When it debuted, the all 4-door "saloon" rolled into the public's eye with a straight-6 engine and rear-wheel drive-a traditional Jaguar powertrain. However, the model evolved rapidly. Within a few years, a V-12 engine would be shoehorned under the front hood. Not only was this engine more suited to its flagship role, but the XJ could be sold as the world's only 12-cylinder sedan.

The Jaguar XJ went through several updates and a couple generations before the third generation (or "Mark III") debuted in 1986. Now under the direction of Ford Motor Company, the XJ's electrical system, engine and manufacturing process was revamped and improved.

More than two decades later, the all-new 2011 XJ (Mark IV) is a radical change from its predecessors. A throwback to its glorious earlier years, the new model is longer and wider than its predecessor, with numerous luxury features contained within its new exterior design. Jaguar offers the XJ in standard and long-wheelbase ("L") models (with about 5 more inches of rear leg room). All 2011 Jaguar XJ models are fitted with variants of the company's 5.0-liter V-8 engine.

Highlights:
  • All-new redesign for 2011
  • Six models: XJ, XJL, XJ Supercharged, XJL Supercharged, XJ Supersport, and XJL Supersport
  • Standard 5.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 385 horsepower (XJ and XJL models)
  • Standard 5.0-liter, supercharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 470 horsepower (Supercharged models)
  • Standard 5.0-liter, supercharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 510 horsepower (Supersport models)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
2010 Jaguar XK2011 Jaguar XK
Introduced in 1996, the Jaguar XK is a 2-passenger coupe and convertible designed as a replacement to the Jaguar XJS. Sharing platforms with the Aston Martin DB7, the first-generation XK featured thoroughly modern styling and updated suspension and electronics. Interestingly enough, it was also the first 8-cylinder model produced by Jaguar, as its predecessor was only offered with 6- or 12-cylinder powerplants.

The second-generation XK (Type X150) was unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. It went on sale as a 2006 model later in the year. Freshly sculpted, the exterior was styled after the 1960s-era Jaguar E-Type, with a long nose and ovoid grille. Like its predecessor, it has been only offered with a range of 8-cylinder engines.

New for 2011 is a modern 5.0-liter V-8 engine (in standard and supercharged form), replacing the 4.4-liter V-8 found under the hood of last year's model.

Highlights:
  • New engines and slight cosmetic enhancements for 2011
  • Two models: XK and XKR
  • NEW Standard 5.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 385 horsepower (XK model)
  • NEW Standard 5.0-liter, supercharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 510 horsepower (XKR model)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 2-passenger seating
  • NEW Five year/50,000-mile standard maintenance program on all Jaguar models
2011 Jaguar Models at a Glance:
  • XF-New engines and performance model
  • XJ-All-new redesign for 2011
  • XK-New engines and slight cosmetic enhancements

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