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December 20, 2012

Jaguar's new models designed for the luxury class market

 

Seventy-two.

While I can admire a classic ‘72 Stingray, muse at a ‘72 El Camino SS pickup or gaze at the long-nosed ‘72 Buick Riviera, none of these apply.

Nor is it a palate pleasing Château Climens Sauternes or Coutet Sauternes, each ’72 Bordeaux sweet wines. Not anything close to Hurricane Agnes, the ’72 hurricane that devastated the East Coast either.

Well, what then?

The answer is not so obvious for anyone counting themselves a James Bond fan and recent patron of the smash hit Skyfall . Speaking of counting, the illusive number, 72, is actually the number of screen shots featuring Jaguar and Land Rover cars.

It would take an avid Bond fan or, as I discovered at a recent media event, a Brit engineer from the Jaguar Land Rover Coventry plant to do the counting.

Movie goers may recall the Jaguar sedan used to chauffer ‘M’, the Bond matriarch and head of British Secret Service, Judi Dench, between harrowing scenes.

Bragging rights on the 2013 model go to a first-ever all wheel drive system available on the XF sport and XJ luxury sedans and two new engines designed for fuel economy and performance.

Jaguar models range from the XF sedan, XK sports coupe and convertible, to the flagship XJ sedan. Ownership of the brand has switched from Ford in 2008 to Tata Motors of India.

Philosophy behind the new all-wheel-drive system is straightforward. With lagging North American sales, the world-class auto manufacturer needs a sedan to run with Mercedes-Benz, E 350, Audi A 6 and BMW 5 Series. They all offer all-wheel drive configurations with fuel-saving engines. For years, Jaguar has been producing luxury, but gas-thirsty V8 sedans with rear-wheel drive. 

The XF and XJ models solve both problems and bring to the table a pair of world-class cars starting at under $47,000.

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