2016 Jaguar XE teaserEnlarge Photo
Jaguar will introduce an all-new XE sport sedan next year to do battle with the likes of the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But as exciting as it sounds, the XE’s arrival is only the start of a major product overhaul at Jaguar that will see most of its lineup renewed within the next couple of years and some new models added as well. Below is a basic roadmap for Jaguar’s future model launches, as plotted by CAR.
In 2015 Jaguar will expand its F-Type lineup with some new engine variants. As we’ve reported in the past, the lineup will be expanded in both directions, with a new four-cylinder model planned as well as a high-performance R-S model and perhaps even an R-S GT version. The four-cylinder F-Type has already been spied and is unlikely to be offered in the States.
In 2016, the XE will land in the U.S., a year after it reaches European showrooms. About this time Jaguar is also expected to introduce a next-generation XF. This new XF will ride on a stretched version of the XE’s all-aluminum platform and has already been spotted in its test mule form. Another model that has been spotted in test mule form is a new crossover, which Jaguar previewed in concept form last year with the stunning C-X17. It should launch in late 2016 or early the following year.
In 2017 Jaguar will launch a replacement for its XK, which bows out of the market this summer. The replacement, which may not be called an XK, will grow in size and be positioned much higher. This is to allow it to better compete with ultra-luxurious GTs like the Aston Martin DB9, Bentley Continental GT and Maserati GranTurismo.
In 2018 Jaguar will launch the next generation of its XJ. Few details on this model are known although it’s expected to benefit once again from aluminum construction. A more conventional sedan design is also expected, in order to address the current model’s lack of rear legroom.
Though it’s yet to be confirmed, Jaguar may introduce an XJ coupe in 2019. Jaguar design director Ian Callum has previously confirmed that such a car was under consideration, though competition with the planned XK replacement may end up killing it. A two-door XJ would be the first in the company's lineup since 1978, when it sold the XJC.
Finally, in 2020, Jaguar may end up launching a subcompact to help it meet increasingly more stringent emissions and gas mileage regulations. Such a car has also been hinted at by Callum in the past, although it, like the XJ coupe, is yet to be confirmed.
Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.