An Idiot’s Guide to the Modern Jaguar Models

By -

Guide to modern Jaguar models.

Jaguar’s model designations are relatively simple, but the depth of Jaguar models means that having a quick reference guide is useful.

For the most part, Jaguar has managed to avoid the excessive alpha-numeric soup other companies have mired themselves in. Using the letters E, F, and J to denote the size of the car and then X, Type, or Pace to show the body type as a saloon, coupe or SUV, gives us a logical start on Jaguar models. We can work out quickly that an E-Pace is a small SUV, the F-Type is a mid-size coupe and an XJ is a large saloon.

Jaguar models, the 575 R

After that, we get the point where the depth of the Jaguar range starts to kick in. We have the performance, luxury, trim and then power train designations to take into account. On top of that, there are the longer wheelbase models marked with an L. Thankfully a Reddit user going by merlo-the-bus has compiled a solid list of the modern Jaguar line up. Even better, as it’s on Reddit, the list’s corrections are being crowdsourced.

Looking through the list, the naming conventions do look a little complicated at times. However, the current line up is nice and simple to understand. Particularly when compared with BMW since they left the beaten track of using just car size and engine size.

Gone are the days when a turbo or supercharger was only on high-end performance models. With modern manufacturing and many technologies being perfected, companies can offer a plethora of options. Now it seems the only real way to avoid confusion for a company with real depth like Jaguar is to freshen naming convention once in a while. Thankfully, they’ve been doing a great job with that.

Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

Comments ()