Think back to the state of Jaguar in 2003.
To top it off, the company was owned by Ford and not producing a dime of profit for Dearborn. The countdown to extinction was on.
Lo and behold, the C-X75, powered by jet turbines and electric motors in concept form, will indeed see a production run, just minus the jets. With this news, no one can argue against Jaguar officially being back from the brink of extinction.
And there are 40 more new debuts on the way for Jaguar and corporate cousin Land Rover to further drive that point home.
Senior company officials told The Detroit Bureau that Jaguar’s plans include a new model to target the BMW 3 Series, which will embody the look and feel of the larger Jaguars. Even more exciting are the possible derivatives of its new small sedan. Different body styles could include a hatch, a two-door coupe, a convertible and who knows what else.
I have a feeling BMW and Audi should keep one eye firmly planted on whatever Jag has up its sleeve.
Another new model on the horizon is a large crossover or SUV, a vehicle we’ve known might be coming down the pipeline. While Jaguar hasn’t wanted to duplicate Land Rover’s off-road SUV efforts, there is room for a performance-focused SUV from Jag.
There could even be a smaller crossover in the cards, a new vehicle to slot above the XJ along with new hybrids, diesels and advanced propulsion systems.
Which brings us back to the C-X75.
There will indeed be a limited production run of the supercar, which should boast performance numbers sure to make any Veyron owner quiver in his alligator skin boots. Evo thinks we should expect a 200+ mph top speed, 0-60 in under 3 seconds and 0-100 in under 6, all while producing emissions that make the Prius look dirty.
In short, the fastest, most powerful and cleanest Jaguar ever built.
And if you think that’s good, wait till the jet turbines make production!
Can Jaguar finally challenge the likes of BMW and Audi?