Jaguar's Next Small Car To Be Named XS?

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2011 Bertone B99 Jaguar concept

Just before the New York and Shanghai auto shows get underway, the Netherlands will host the 2011 AutoRAI in Amsterdam. There, according to a local report, we'll learn more details about Jaguar's next, smaller sedan, including the official unveiling of its name: XS.

The name fits the current mold well: XJ, XF, and XK and their many variants form the entirety of Jaguar's range. At last month's Geneva Motor Show, the Bertone B99 concept (pictured) struck many as precisely the right direction for a smaller Jag sedan, but the company itself didn't find it so appealing--probably because it's a backward-looking design (as stunning as it is) rather than an evolution of the current motif.

Jaguar is thought to be looking closely at producing a smaller, entry-level sedan, however. Eager to avoid the pitfalls of the previous X-Type, the next sedan will be targeted squarely at the C-Class, 3-Series, and similar midsize luxury sedans. To do so, it would be "elegant," and feature "great technology," according to Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar's global brand director.

The latest info out of the Netherlands says we may be closer to seeing the first taste of the new sedan than we previously thought.

Alternatively, the car coming as the XS could be a roadster--though it may ride on a platform to be shared with a sedan, and possibly a coupe. Hallmark has previous said that these cars would take at least four years to develop, pushing the timeline out to 2015 or so, leaving us curious as to whether the reports about an AutoRAI surprise will hold water.



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