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Replacement for Jaguar XJ on the Way

Published on www.automobilemag.com

January 3, 2016

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In a recent interview with AutoCar, Jaguar design boss Ian Callum confirmed that the brand is now readying the replacement for the XJ full-size luxury sedan. The upcoming flagship sedan should be just as stylish as the current generation Jaguar XJ but it will be more practical than the car it will replace. Asked whether a model will slot below the new XE sports sedan, Callum said that it was being talked about; however, there was “nothing planned for production variant.” Additionally, he also ruled out a possible successor to the recently departed Jaguar XK.

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Callum also mentioned that Jaguar Land Rover isn’t chasing volume and doesn’t want to be as large as BMW or Audi. Additional body styles of existing models have also been ruled out in favor of adding more model lines. However, Callum also indicated that capacity remains the biggest restraint for Jaguar Land Rover, which could slow down the future expansion of both brands. In addition to the three main factories in the U.K., a fourth one in Slovakia will open in 2018 and bring in some much needed production capacity.

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In addition to the Slovakia manufacturing plant, Jaguar Land Rover will also expand its engine assembly plant in Wolverhampton, U.K. This plant currently produces the new Ingenium family of gas and diesel engines. We also reported in early 2015 that an inline-6 and a three-cylinder engine will join the Ingenium range.