Jaguar finally green lights F-Type roadster


Jaguar will increase its model range over the next few years by launching the long-awaited F-Type roadster and introducing a replacement for the X-Type.

The model offensive was confirmed by the CEO of Tata Motors, Carl-Peter Forster, in comments reported by German trade paper, Automobilwoche.

Forster also mentioned that an estate version of the XF was under development, as well as a long wheelbase version specifically targeted at China.

The F-Type roadster will be a familiar concept to most Jaguar fans – the car has been languishing in the manufacturer's back pocket for ten years now.

The X-Type would be a direct competitor to the BMW 3-Series, and should it prove good enough, it will provide sales volume in the critical small premium saloon market.

An estate version of the XF is hardly unexpected, but it too will offer Jaguar an essential model in the strategic battle for buyers drawn to the 5-Series Touring and E-Class estate.

Forster also confirmed that a new Freelander will follow the Range Rover Evoque, and a new Defender is already earmarked for a 2015 launch.

As part of a push towards greater efficiency, Land Rover will introduce a new range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.