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    Jaguar Looks At Changing Direction Of Next XJ, Going Upmarket

    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    September 17, 2012

    Jaguar is in the midst of changes. Both with one of their models and the possibility of moving more upmarket.

    Inside Line reports that Jaguar is debating where to take the next-generation XJ. One side, headed by CEO Ralf Speth wants to take the next-generation XJ and design it much closer to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The other side wants to see Jaguar stick with the distinctive styling theme of the current model.

    Why the design change-up? Sales in key markets for the XJ have been dropping. In the U.S. alone, sales are about half when compared to the S-Class and BMW 7-Series. Though we're wondering if the sales drop is due to the design or other reasons, like not offering AWD or some other powertrain choice than a V8.

    Source: Inside Line

    Next: Going Upmarket

    Jaguar has been impressed by the sales of the XKR-S coupe and roadster, and the XJ Ultimate that the brand is looking at doing more upmarket models.

    “It’s clear from our research that Jaguar has a strong enough brand name to participate in more of this sort of business. We’ve proven that we can build £100,000-plus cars that sell, and these projects are one way of pushing the brand further upmarket,” said global brand director Adrian Hallmark.

    Hallmark didn't go into specifics, but it would be safe to assume a high-performance variant of the XFR is in the cards.

    Source: Autocar

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    AWD plus non-V8 models would help......... Polarizing styling isn't necessarily bad, as the 1st Bangle-butt 7-Series sales figures (worldwide) prove.........

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    Does anyone even need/use AWD in the Snowbelt these days? Shouldn't better tires solve those issues instead?

    Most buyers are too lazy to switch to proper winter tires and rely on weak 'all-season' tires it seems...

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