Autoweek Predicts Jaguar and Land Rover's Future…
…and yet they're not on a plane to Vegas or ringing-up their stockbroker. Anyway, the mag's posted a roadmap of Jaguar and Land Rover's (JLR) product plans for the next umpteen years. Oh, one qualification: Tata has only committed to follow Autoweek's guide for the next five years. Might I remind everyone that the Indian automaker has guaranteed Ford it will follow JLR's five-year plan. And it will… right until it doesn't. Anyone who thinks Ford knows how to run JLR for the next five years should look at the last five years. Or ten. And I'm sure Tata's done that due diligence. The only Autoweek prognostication you can reasonably expect to deliver 100 percent truthiness is the arrivals of the new, 5.0-liter V8; the engine's development is nearly done. Autoweek estimates that the new powerplant will stump-up a reasonable 380 horses in naturally-aspirated form and nearly 500 when supercharged (the latter being a little optimistic). And without a doubt, this engine is bound for Jags and Range Rovers alike. (Well, duh.) Otherwise, the real vision for Tata's future are in Ratan Tata's brain, and he ain't sayin' nothing. Yet.
I like the "LXF" concept. The market for premium small cars in the US and other places is going to explode, and once again the 2.8 have nothing cooking there.
Why is 500 hp from a supercharged 5.0L V8 optimistic? That should be easy to achieve without cranking the boost over 6-8psi. Oh and Jaguar is doomed.
Its not optimistic, it could very well be understated in traditional British fashion. I wanna know if this is the same 5.0 as the "Hurricane" V8 that will grace the F150, Mustang, etc in a year or two.
People have been talking about the supposedly imminent F-type since William Lyons was still in charge of Jaguar. It hasn't happened yet, and I'll believe it when I see it.