Friday, 19 October 2012
In by Satya Jeet // 2:31:00 pm //
For Jaguar it was a tough act to follow. And understandably so it took them 50 years to deliver. The Jaguar F-Type was considered to be the most beautiful sports car of the 60’s and on the racetrack the F-Type was a champion. To replicate the F-Type today was then a huge challenge. The new F-Type is Jaguar’s first 2 seater in 5 decades and the first new Jaguar since the manufacturer was bought by Tata Motors. The 2013 Jaguar F-Type was unveiled at the recently concluded Paris Motor Show and the F-Type is closely based on the C-X16 concept car and a big reason for the development of the F-Type is the interest shown by Tata chairman, Ratan Tata who wanted the manufacturer to be present in the sportscar market. The F-Type would compete with the Porsche 911, the Aston Martin Vantage roadster and Nissan’s GTR
Your jaws will drop and hit the ground if you are ever lucky enough to see a Jaguar XKR-S on our roads. The car is a traffic stopper and an absolute British brute to look at. Jaguar didn’t want to stop just at the looks and wanted its premier sports car to be fabulous to drive and at the same time be a little more comfort-orientated than a Porsche 911. In short, Jag wanted the XKR-S to be one of the most exciting cars to drive that Jaguar has ever made. After all, it is Jaguar’s most powerful roadster. Technically this is a 2+2, but this weapon of joy for Jaguar enthusiasts has the magical pairing of ‘X’ and ‘K’ which has for long equaled excitement and has been on people’s most-wanted lists for decades. Based on the XK which came at a time when Jaguar was battling to escape the axe and falling sales, the XKR-S succeeded in restoring the manufacturer after the Ford’s debacle. The XKR-S is now on sale in India and is priced at Rs10,500,000 ex-showroom New Delhi..
Tata Motors might start assembling Jaguar and Land Rover luxury cars in India in the next 3-5 years. Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Global Brand Director told PTI, "We are looking at it, but volumes in India are very small now. As we go forward, we will surely consider this." "We have not planned anything right now, but in the next 3-5 years, we can imagine this happening in India."
Currently only the Land Rover Freelander is assembled in India at Tata Motors’ plant. Last year the total sales of both Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in India were 891 units compared to 242 units the year before. Jaguar Land Rover is also currently planning to set up an engine manufacturing facility in India.
The XJ, the flagship sedan from Jaguar, is for the connoisseurs. It’s got the X factor that few luxury sedans can match and it’s also got the genes of being an out and out performance beast. Not to forget that it makes a brilliant style statement. Launched in India in 2010, the XJ is not as tough and flawless as the German competition and neither is it as flamboyant as the Italian sedans. But that doesn’t mean that this Jag isn’t special. It’s special because Jaguar has tried hard to make it a different product and the manufacturer hopes that the XJ will prove itself to be good enough to compete with the German flagship cars. Compared to the previous gen XJ, the current model is more confident in appearance and lives up to Jaguar’s strapline which says, “fast, beautiful cars”. The XJ in India is sold Rs 82,28,955 for the diesel and Rs 98,62,038 for the petrol variant ex-showroom New Delhi.
For Tata Motors it is mission accomplished at the Auto Expo. The manufacturer has stunned everyone with its impressive display of Jaguar and Land Rover models at the on going exhibition at Pragrati Maidan, New Delhi which is sure to have won the brand a host of new fans.
Jaguar has gone all out to impress and has displayed the facelifted XF, the XJ and the XKR-S - the most powerful Jag yet. Turning the eye balls however are the two concepts from Jaguar. The C-X75 hybrid supercar which is made in partnership with Williams F1 team was first shown at the Paris Motor Show is an experiment built to celebrate the manufacturer’s 75th anniversary in 2010. The supercar uses a pair of micro-turbines that act as diesel-fed range extenders for its battery powered EV motor. The two-seater produces 780PS and reaches 100kmph is reached in just 3.4seconds. This turbine powered supercar will not be making it into production however.
Show-stopper at the neighbouring Land Rover stall is the DC 100 and the DC100 Sport concept which were first displayed at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The two concepts point at the future design direction for the Defender and use an Automatic next-generation Land Rover Terrain Response system and a Terrain-i device that warns the driver of approaching off-road obstacles. The concepts use a new Wade Aid system which uses sensors mounted in the bumpers and wing mirrors to measure water depth and then accordingly optimise the car for water crossings by closing body vents, raising the ride height and selecting a low gear.
Speaking on the growth and future of Jaguar and Land Rover in India, JLR India PR and Communications Manager Del Sehmar said, "The year-on-year growth in 2011 has been 164 per cent more compared to the previous year... In 2010, 900 JLR cars were sold." "We started assembling models of Land Rover here... Looking at manufacturing down the road. Economies and skills of India will be available and we do have access to technology in JLR today," Tata Motors Chairman Ratan Tata added.
If a turbine powered supercar doesn’t get Jaguar attention then nothing will. The manufacturer will be showcasing the C-X75 at the Auto Expo which is sure to be an attention grabber and the concept delivers a stunning design with a message— green doesn’t always need to be slow and boring. The Jaguar C-X75 was first shown at the Paris Motor Show and is a concept and an experiment built to celebrate the manufacturer’s 75th anniversary in 2010.
The C-X75 is a radical and dynamic two-seater which uses a pair of micro-turbines that act as diesel-fed range extenders for its battery powered EV motor. This in turn gives it high end performance along with high fuel economy and low emissions. The innovations do not end there and the C-X75 for an EV breaks new ground in terms of styling, material used, ergonomics and vehicle dynamics. The C-X75 unlike the C-X16 which is expected to make it into production by 2013, this turbine powered supercar will not be making it into production at least for now.
The four electric motors on the C-X75 produce 195PS at each wheel along with two micro-gas turbines that charge the batteries. In all, the concept produces 780PS and can reach a top speed of over 320kmph and has a range of 896kms. 100kmph is reached in just 3.4seconds. Jaguar decided on micro-turbines and did not opt for an EV and the reason for that its chief engineers Peter Richings gives, “Because there is such a thing as range anxiety, because the turbines weigh significantly less than the lightest alternative range extender, and because there is no more efficient fuel than diesel.” “You see, the small gas turbines tip the scales at 55 pounds each. In addition, they don’t need oil lubrication or a catalytic converter, and they will run on almost anything from biofuel to LPG. Although they rev at up to 80,000 rpm, turbines are a very reliable known quantity. The fact that they may take up to 15 seconds to reach their optimum operating speed does not really matter here because they are only used to recharge the batteries.”
The turbine propulsion system is a concept which was first thought of in the 1970’s by car makers from Japan and North America. The bodywork of the C-X75 comprises of carbonfibre and the Jaguar uses an aluminium chassis and weighs only 1350kgs. Needless to say but the concept looks absolutely stunning to look with inspiration also coming from the 1966 Jaguar XJ13 race car.