Jaguar has five basic models. Those are the XE, XF and XJ (saloons), F-Type and F-Pace. Is that a good naming system, I idly wonder. F-Pace seems not to fit in. It makes the F in F-Type somewhat meaningless as there was no E-Pace or D-Pace. I digress.
Starting with the XE, we read here that it has a petrol four, a diesel four and a petrol V6. The petrol four pot engines are available in two flavours, 200 and 240 PS. The diesels come as 163 and 180 PS. A 3.0 litre supercharged petrol V6 offers 340 PS and is only available as an automatic. So, that’s three engines for the XE.
The XF has a 2.0 litre diesel 163 and 180 PS diesel, a 3.0 V6 diesel with 300 PS and a 3.0 V6 petrol with 380 PS. I count three basic engines there, fewer than I expected.
The XJ: “XJ redefines what a luxury car should be. It’s a dramatic combination of beauty, luxury and power. It provides agility and delivers a refreshingly dynamic driving experience. For the passenger, the cabin is built for stretching out and relaxing.” That’s what Coventry say. We find the XJ engine range extends from a 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine, with 300PS, on to a 3.0 litre V6 340PS supercharged petrol and then a supercharged 5.0 litre V8s offering 510 PS and 550 PS. That’s three basic engines. Isn’t it odd the XJ´s V6 has less power than the XF´s?
Now the F-Type. The 3.0 V6 with 340 is there in the base model. The same engine turns up with 380 PS in the S and all-wheel drive versions. The V8 inhabits the R version and the R-AWD. No new engines here then.
And the same goes for the F-Pace. This has a 2.0 litre diesel with 180 PS, a 3.0 litre diesel V6 with 300 PS and a 3.0 V6 petrol with 380 PS. The top model is called First Edition (a term borrowed from book collecting) and has the same 300 PS V6 diesel found down the range. Funnily, Jaguar term their entry level models Prestige. They have an odd way of using that word. Ask Citroen, for example who used that label on their long wheelbase CX many hundreds of months ago. Maybe ‘cachet’ would have been a suitably vague-sounding word that would have saved using ‘prestige’ on Jaguar’s least prestigious variants.
Boiling that lot down we find Jaguar is not spoiling its customers for choice when it comes to engines. You could say that what matters is the right engines not providing for lots of underpowered or overpowered models few will choose. I would say the XF is underserved though: just three units? Five would be more like it. The 2.0 petrol could be popped in and perhaps the V6 could have a 2.5 litre variant (Ford’s Duratec – I wonder would that do?). That said, there’s always demand for a 1.8 four cylinder in the XE class. Soon I will turn to BMW and Audi and see how they are doing it…