Information On Jaguar's 3-Series Rival Released

Jaguar's 3-Series rival is a very important vehicle for the automaker and today, more information was released on the new sedan.

Its been known for some time now that Jaguar is hoping to release a smaller sedan to compete with the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The vehicle is being worked on under the name, X760, and Jaguar is hoping to keep the ball rolling, as they had a big sales year in 2010.

The new Jaguar 3-Series will pack a serious price tag of around £40,000, but it will be one of the best sedans in the automaker’s lineup. It will be great to drive and more fuel efficient, due to the new aluminum monocoque that is known as RD7, which was engineered for the next Range Rover. This RD7 unit will eventually find its way into the next-generation XF, which is due around 2015, and the new XJ, which has seven years to wait.

Now, this new baby Jaguar 3-Series might be compared to the smallest sedan in the German automaker’s lineup, but in reality, this new Jaguar will be around 189-inches long, putting it in line with the 5-Series. That being said, the new 2012 BMW 3-Series, which is slated to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, will be a tad longer as well.

In Europe, the main engine option will be a 2.2-liter diesel that was created for the Range Rover Evoque. This powerplant will put out between 150 to 200 horsepower and should be more refined and more fuel-efficient than any diesel in the company’s history.

There are rumors going around that state Jaguar is working on a V6 diesel option, but according to Autocar, that engine has yet to get internal approval.

Over in the gas engine corner, Jaguar will be creating variants of the 1.6- and 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost turbocharged motors with between 150 to 200 horsepower. Each of these four engines will be offered with a manual transmission and a stop/start feature, but an automatic is also available.

Jaguar engineers are said to be testing the new ZF eight-speed transmission, as well as a dual-clutch gearbox from Getrag.

[Autocar]

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