GALLERY: Jaguar at the L.A. Auto Show
Team Jaguar have been plugging away at new designs, and just recently they have been officially released. The 2016 and 2017 lineup has grown by two models and every other model has been updated. All updated models have been fitted with more standard equipment and a lower base MSRP this year. It doesn’t make sense getting thousands of dollars of last year options now standard, but we’ll enjoy it while it lasts. Walk with me through our gallery from the L.A. Auto Show this year to go over some of the high points.
First up in the gallery, we have the 2016 Jaguar XF sedan which has been fully redesigned. A new second-generation aluminum body-in-white has been thoughtfully evolved all the way to the new coupe-like exterior design language. More bonuses include more rear seat room, optional InControl Infotainment, and a 265-pounds lighter weight for AWD. With a base price of $51,900, it rests in the middle of the segment with more standards than the comps.
In brilliant blue paint we have a 2016 F-Pace for your enjoyment. I just love this new Jaguar blue. The F-Pace is Jaguar’s first SUV which shares the XF platform. It also brings a couple more firsts for Jaguar like optional Activity Key, light off-road abilities, and some AWD technologies from brother Land Rover. Three engines are available with a diesel turbo four as the base model starting at an MSRP of $40,990.
Also sharing the 2nd generation XF chassis is the smaller all-new XE. Competing in the C-Class and 3-Series segment it has a lot to live up to. I’m sure it will. A nimble double-wishbone front suspension, AWD, and manual transmission options alone are right on target to pull in buyers at a base MSRP of $34,900 for the gas turbo four. The XE will also have a diesel four and supercharged six option for big power.
The F-Type’s big news is a slight price drop for their base coupe, now at $65,000, and a manual transmission option. The 6-speed manual is for rear drive coupes only; I’d suffer with an automatic for the 550 HP supercharged V8.
Now we come to Jaguar’s flagship model: the XJ. Known internationally for transporting royalty, the opulence increases this year. Updated with modern styling, it retains all the perfection. Jaguar reports they’ve added $7,000 of options standard, like LED headlights, Meridian sound, InControl infotainment, and other nice features.
Check out our gallery below, then tell us what you think of the new design language and direction. Would you buy this new era of Jaguar?
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Images [Manuel Carrillo III]