LA Auto Show: Jaguar and Land Rover

Alex L. Dykes
by Alex L. Dykes

Jaguar-Land Rover’s only all-new debut at the LA show is the mad XKR-S Convertible, which it says will be its fastest, most rigid convertible ever. And with its five-liter supercharged V8 making 550 HP, that may be an understatement: the XKR-S may be one of the fastest convertibles ever… at least it would be if Chevy weren’t showing its Camaro ZL1 Convertible at the very same show. But for fans of the Indian-owned brand, the XKR-S is just a warm-up for Jag’s first new sportscar ages, as signaled by the CX-16 Concept that debuted at Frankfurt. It’s no F-Type, but the Maserati GT-meets-Nissan Z styling should definitely help give the brand a boost. Finally, JLR is offering another look at its possible future with its Land Rover Defender DC100 Concept, which hints at a new Defender that is apparently in development. And with Jaguar-Landie once again earning profits for its corporate overlord, the future looks promising for these two brands.

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  • Franken-Subie Franken-Subie on Nov 17, 2011

    The new Defender looks like a bastard child from an Xterra and an FJ Cruiser

  • Bd2 Bd2 on Nov 17, 2011

    The CX-16 would definitely give Jag a boost in the excitement meter but they really need a sales volume model, and unless they are going to tread on LR's toes by offering one or more CUVs, they need a volume selling sedan stat.