Now that the Jaguar and Land Rover sale is final, Tata has guaranteed at least the next 5 years of existing product plans. The total amount to be paid in cash by Tata Motors for Jaguar Land Rover upon closing will be $2.3 billion. As part of the transaction, FoMoCo will continue to supply Jaguar and Land Rover with powertrains, other vehicle components and a variety of technologies such as environmental and platform technologies. Ford also has committed to provide engineering support, including research and development, plus information technology, accounting and other services.
Here is what AutoWeek expects is coming from Jaguar and Land Rover during the next eight years:
New Jaguar XFR, XKR: The high-performance version of the XF and the XK will be powered by an all-new 5.0L direct-injection gasoline V8, in naturally aspirated and supercharged variants. The engine will produce about 500-hp and will be mated with the ZF’s latest 7-speed automatic transmission. The cars will go on sale late in the year.
Facelifted Range Rover, Range Rover Sport: Both of the models will get the same 5.0L V8 used in the Jaguars mention above. Both will get a facelift and a redesigned interior with upgraded instrument panels, switchgear and interior trim.
Jaguar XJ: Internally known as Project X351, this model will be the new flagship sedan. Styling will be inspired by the XF while the dimensions will remain the same.
Facelifted Land Rover LR3: Like the Range Rovers, the LR3 will also get a facelift with some interior upgrades. A 380-hp 5.0 V8 is also expected.
Land Rover LRX: Internally known as Project L513, this will be the production version of the LRX Concept. As recently reported, Land Rover is working hard to keep as much of the LRX concept interior as possible. A hybrid model is also planned.
Jaguar F-Type: Based on the F-Type concept shown in 2000, this will be Jaguar’s $50,000 two-seat sports car. The car is still in planning stages but Jaguar is considering the XF or XK platform. Ratan Tata is giving strong backing for the F-Type which will be badged XK-E.
Seven-seat Land Rover LRX: A spin-off of the LRX this will be a seven-seat SUV. Details are unclear but according to AutoWeek it will follow the Mini Clubman route.
Jaguar XF Coupe: Still waiting on the green light from Tata, the Jaguar XF-Coupe will use the same chassis as the XF with a lower-roofline and styling close the C-XF concept.
All-new Range Rover: A total redesign is expected for the Range Rover in 2013 with a larger body and sportier chassis.
All-new Jaguar XF: A total redesign for the XF is expected in 2014 as planned under the ownership of Ford.
All-new Range Rover Sport: Will follow after the 2013 Range Rover makeover with an aluminum body.
All-new Jaguar XJ: A redesign for the 2010 flagship.
All-new LR3: It will be time for the seven-seat LR3 to be replaced. Platform is unknown.
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