New Jaguar XE is Set to Stun with Aluminum Body and All New Engine

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Last year, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes built between 1.6 million and 1.8 million vehicles each. Jaguar made just 81,570. But there’s no need to compete in terms of volume when you’ve got some of the most exciting, uniquely constructed cars on the market. With the announcement of Jaguar’s 2017 XE, a compact, premium four-door sedan, the company is in a position to dominate the German three on its own terms. The XE will represent the carmaker’s flair for innovation while still honoring the traditional Jaguar driving experience.

Of the many interesting new components the Jaguar XE has to offer, we’re most excited about its Ingenium engine – Jaguar’s first true in-house engine in decades. The new four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units have cost Jaguar Land Rover more than $750 million to develop, and will be used across the Jaguar and Land Rover ranges. A 180-hp 2.0-liter diesel will be offered shortly after the supercharged V-6 debuts in the US, and get ready, because the V-6 is the same engine used in the F-Type and boasts 340-hp.

A gasoline 2.0-liter Ingenium will also be available later in 2016, with the option of a six-speed manual. Naturally, all-wheel drive will be offered with all engines. Keep that in mind when you’re going from zero to sixty mph in 4.9 seconds.

The Jaguar XE is becoming best known for its aluminum construction – giving it an edge over its (mostly) steel competition. About 25% of the vehicle is still steel (the doors, the trunklid and the rear section of the floor) to improve weight distribution and to keep manufacturing costs down, but the aluminum architecture it features will offset the premium suspension and keep emissions low.

Hitting emissions targets was a big factor in the design of the Jaguar XE, which explains their adoption of electric power steering for this particular car, and also means a 2-3% savings in carbon dioxide emissions. Combined with a suspension that has been mounted to a more stable, consistent platform, you’re guaranteed an exceptionally smooth ride. Automobile Magazine wrote, “The XE has a lovely Jaguar suppleness over poor surfaces its rivals can’t match.”

The smoothness, Automobile Magazine reports, is due to the nature of that updated suspension: double wishbones at the front, where most competitors use struts, and an integral-link design at the rear, where most others use a simpler multilink setup. The rear arrangement allows Jaguar to decouple and deal differently with inputs that affect ride and handling, vastly improving both.

The Jaguar XE is set to compete in a market segment that Jaguar hasn’t entered since 2009, and with all the money the company has put into the vehicle’s production, we’re eager to test out the XE ourselves. The first customer car is set to be delivered in Europe this May, but American customers won’t be able to get their hands on one until early 2016. In the meantime, drop by Elmhurst Jaguar for a test drive of one the F-Type models. You’ll get an idea of what kind of power to expect from the XE before it arrives.

Jaguar Supercars to Feature in New Bond Film, Spectre

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We revealed on the blog last month that the new C-X75 is going to be featured in the New James Bond film, and we told you we’d keep you updated as more details unfolded – Well here they are! (Spolier: the C-X75 isn’t the only Jaguar you’ll be seeing.)

So, what do you think of when you hear James Bond? A beautiful woman, sure, an Aston Martin, of course, and the ever-iconic barrel of our hero’s gun, right? Well, after the debut of the 24th Bond film Spectre, in November, we guarantee all you’ll be thinking about is Jaguar.

Spectre will feature the Range Rover Sport SVR, a Land Rover Defender Big Foot, and the Jaguar C-X75 alongside Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 concept car – making this equal parts action film and dream-car showcase. (Though sadly, they’ll only ever exist in our dreams – and on screen – since Jaguar has no plans to make any car except the SVR available for sale.)

Obviously, we’re most excited to see the C-X75 supercar, and not just because it’s going to be driven by the latest Bond villain, Oberhauser (played by Christoph Waltz). If you don’t already know, the C-X75 was Jaguar’s $1 million all-wheel drive hybrid electric supercar originally slated for production in 2013, with carbon fiber construction, advanced aerodynamics, and an inline-four mated to two electric motors for a combined 890 horsepower. It achieved 0 – 100mph in only 6 seconds, and its only competition was the LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918. Unfortunately, the supercar was declared a financial liability by Jaguar in 2012 and got the axe by the time five roadworthy cars were produced. But Spectre means we’ll finally get to see the C-X75 in action, and apparently during a chase sequence through Rome!

But don’t get us wrong, the inclusion of the Range Rover Sport SVR is just as exciting. Jaguar says it’s the fastest, most powerful truck they’ve ever built. Unlike most off-road-capable SUVs, the Sport SVR was tested at the Nürburgring and has a 550-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. It’s also the only car featured in Spectre that is available for purchase, so look out! But with a $110,475 price tag you might have to be a personal friend of James Bond to snag one.

Also making an appearance is the Defender Big Foot, a hulking giant of a vehicle with 37” wheels, a transmission geared for rock crawling, intake snorkel, and an interior roll cage. A complete beast created by the automaker’s Special Operation division, and only two of these trucks were built for use as company-owned support vehicles. The version we’ll see in Spectre started out as a standard Defender 110 and was transformed by over $75,000 of modifications into the monster we’ll see on screen. Unfortunately there are no plans to make the Big Foot available to the public either.

Like Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover is hoping that its participation in the Bond franchise will translate into more interest in the brands and a bump in sales. And with cars like the Big Foot, the Sport SVR, and the C-X75 on display, we think that’s a pretty safe bet.

But you don’t have to wait til November, come visit us at Elmhurst Jaguar for the James Bond treatment today. Whether you’re looking to buy new or pre-owned, we’ll find the perfect Jaguar model for you and your swagger. We can even match the color to your favorite martini – shaken, never stirred.

New Jaguar F Type Models Coming Soon

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Elmhurst Jaguar has seen some amazing responses to the newly released Jaguar F  Type. Our selections of F Type Convertibles and F Type Coupes have received high praise and are speeding out of the showroom. But the Jaguar Land Rover Company is not done bringing amazing vehicles to the F-line yet, and there are rumors of some heart-pounding new models coming our way.

While there is still speculation as to what exactly the new versions will be, it is no secret that Jaguar strives to produce the most powerful sports luxury vehicles on the market. While the current F Type pumps out 500 horsepower with a powerful V8 engine, it is not a stretch to believe we will be seeing an even more powerful sister to this machine.

The Project 7 vehicle is a great example of all the amazing things Jaguar can do. The limited edition vehicle is made for speed at 575 horsepower, and a body design that takes the weight off and steps up the aerodynamics. The actual designs and specifications of more Jaguar F Type models has yet to be released, but expect to see another powerhouse from this line to hit production within the next few years.

One vehicle that is already on the roads, albeit in test-car form, is the up-and-coming top contender for the luxury crossover niche. The Jaguar F Pace was revealed to the U.S. recently at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and now has quite the following. Everyone is interested in this sleek and powerful new crossover from Jaguar Land Rover, and it is aimed to be a big contender against other big names in the market.

The concept for this vehicle was released several years ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and although the official name for the vehicle has changed a few times, the overall design has stayed the same after overwhelming positive responses. This is going to be the vehicle for serious luxury car drivers who want power and size in their crossover, along with the style and heritage of the distinguished British auto maker.

The F-Pace has reached its final bodywork design, sitting on a frame made of Jaguar’s aluminum and steel material technology that is also seen in the designs for the new Jaguar XE and XF. Expect to see a supercharged V6 engine under the hood of the F-Pace with a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.

As always, Elmhurst Jaguar will gladly share the news about the exciting new releases coming our way. But until then, come by and get a taste of the popular F Type vehicles we have today.

There’s a New Tax Break for Leased Vehicles in the State of Illinois

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We’re sure you know that it’s tax season. But what you may not know is that there’s a new tax law that makes it easier than ever to afford a leased vehicle. So listen up! If you have always wanted to drive a brand new Jaguar under a lease contract, now is the time to take advantage of the increased incentives.

We recently announced the new tax law on our webpage, and now we can explain further. Starting January first of this year, the taxes that the state of Illinois charges on leased vehicles will be reduced up to fifty percent. The House Bill (2317) was signed by Governor Quinn back in May of last year, and completely changed the way the leased vehicles are taxed.

Originally, when a customer leased a vehicle, they were charged tax on the vehicle’s entire purchase price. Depending on the model, this could mean several thousands of dollars in taxes. However, this has all changed under the new law for any leased vehicles after the first of this year. Now the customer only pays taxes on the money due at the time of the lease signing, and the taxes on the monthly lease payments due. Simply put, the overall tax charged is less and based on your type of lease agreement. You may also see lower monthly payments as well.

The number of people leasing vehicles has increased over the last few years in the United States. However, Illinois has seen a lower average of leasing than many other states, which is especially not favorable considering our area was partially built on the foundations of car manufacturing and sales. The tax change was brought on to increase the incentives for leased vehicles, and to promote more people to take advantage of the benefits of leasing.

This all means that you can lease a luxury powerhouse like a Jaguar F-Type convertible or the 2015 XJ Demo for less than you may think. Visit Elmhurst Jaguar now to also take advantage of our leasing special, and let us make your first month’s lease payment.

If you need more information, feel free to stop by or call us to discuss how this new tax law can help you lease a brand new Jaguar. You can also visit the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.  They have launched a campaign designed to educate people on the new tax law and the benefits of leasing in our state.

Taking the New Jaguar XE Out for a Drive

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Elmhurst Jaguar has been given the green light to share the specifications of what is promised to be a serious contender in the luxury sedan market. BMW, Audi, and Mercedes, sit up and take notice!

The Jaguar XE is a revamp of a design that hasn’t been seen from this particular auto maker since the Jaguar X-type. It is everything you would expect from a Jaguar: class, sophistication, beauty, and power. Combine this with the latest in popular technology and the adaptability of a sedan, and you have the next greatest thing to hit the streets.

The Jaguar XE is very light, only 3,670 pounds for the standard model. The aluminum framework technology embedded in the design keeps the vehicle strong and safe while making it economical to drive, and the car is powered by a supercharged 3.0 L V6 and gets 340 horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque. That means you’re driving a sedan that can get you from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds, while still getting up to 26 mpg!

The body design is not only made to be as aerodynamic and drag resistant as possible, but it has that sporty, classic edge that makes Jaguar vehicles unique. In fact, many of the design lines were based on the popular F-Type that has made such a huge statement in the auto world. The finest materials and stitching make up the car’s interior, and the luxury of the cabin reminds you that you are driving a top-of-the-line sedan while the lower sports-style driver’s seat reminds you that with that luxury comes a lot of power under the hood.  It’s a great vehicle geared towards families that still want to have fun while they are driving.

And no worries- the technology is not lacking with the XE line either. There are loads of driver assistance features such as the popular HeadUp display feature that projects pertinent information on the windshield in front of the driver, blind spot monitoring, lane departure assistance, autonomous braking, and the new Jaguar infotainment system, InControl. This platform allows syncing of the most popular phone operating systems to your XE, as well as turning your car into a WiFi hotspot.

The XE goes on sale overseas in May of this year, but sadly those of us in the U.S. will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on one. Elmhurst Jaguar eagerly awaits its arrival, and we will let you know when you can expect to see it here. In the meantime come visit us and check out all the other great Jaguar models we have in stock.

The New Jaguar Bike Sense: Sensitivity for Cyclist Safety

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The Jaguar company’s latest technological development takes safety to the next level, helping protect not only the people in their vehicles, but those outside them as well. The company has just released Jaguar Bike Sense for its cars, a system using sight, touch, and sound to alert drivers to nearby cyclists and how close they are to the vehicle.

Sensors in the Land Rover pinpoint nearby two-wheelers, even identifying whether or not they are motorized. They also sense and distinguish pedestrians, detecting potential hazards, and noting whether the threat is distant or within close range.

If the system detects a cyclist, the sound of a bicycle bell alerts the driver. The speaker the bell rings from depends on what side of the car the cyclist is on. The driver’s seat will also vibrate on the left or right side, depending on where the cyclist is. These features are especially useful in light of those pesky blind spots.

Additionally, LED lights on the window sills, dashboard, and windshield will flash green, yellow, or red, depending on where and how close the cyclist is to the car. There’s no way you can miss all these signals.

Bike Sense is a huge step above and beyond other sensors currently available on the market. Similar systems by other companies only offer a small flashing icon in the side mirror or a meek, negligible beep. By contrast, Jaguar’s Bike Sense makes, well, sense, by alerting drivers to the exact hazard as well as its location, analyzing its identity for you. This way, drivers can react much faster in such instances that require split-second decision-making.

But safety doesn’t stop when you cut the engine off. If you’re about to open the car door and hit an oncoming cyclist, the handle also vibrates in warning.

Ever since Jaguar started building bikes for the Tour de France, the company has become increasingly concerned with cyclists and their safety. With an ever-increasing number of cyclists on city roads, bike sensors for cars are becoming indispensable. The number of trips made by bicycle in the U.S. more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009 – and has continued to grow ever since. There’s even a national Bike to Work day.

Bicycle Friendly Communities, including Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Denver, and Lexington, Ky., have more than doubled their bike commuter share since 2000 and added green bike lanes accordingly. But while the abundance of new city bike lanes are a big help, they’re not available in every American city, nor are they as pervasive even in the big ones.

In light of these facts, the Jaguar Bike Sense system doesn’t only make sense – it’s imperative. Ready to see it for yourself? Come on down to Elmhurst Jaguar and check out any of our great Jaguar models we have in stock today.

Jaguar XE is Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show

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Just a few hours away from Elmhurst Jaguar, one of the world’s largest auto shows has released some impressive new vehicles that will be available soon. The Detroit Auto Show (aka: North American International Auto Show) is home to one of the biggest showrooms of both concept cars and vehicles already on the market, but the model that has our interest will not be let loose until 2016: the all-new Jaguar XE.

The XE is a highly anticipated new sports sedan design that has been in the works for a while, built to offer car-buyers an alternative in the market of smaller Cadillacs and BMWs. It’s lightweight, the base model coming in at about 3,250 pounds, and along with the supercharged 3.0-L V6 engine with 340-hp, the XE is not only a powerful vehicle, but one that gets great fuel economy.

The shape of the XE is a culmination of all the best designs from the many vehicles in the Jaguar line-up: very reminiscent of the XF and sportier like the Type-F, but still has 4-doors like the XJ. The driver’s seat is low like most sports car designs and the low roofline gives it a sleek and classy body.

The grill and headlights leave no doubt of a Jaguar exterior, and the luxury and class of the interior also earmark it as a British classic in the making. Top grade materials form the spacious interior, and multiple subtle storage compartments make the most of the space, leaving plenty of room for the passengers. The theme of the interiors is yours to design and the contrasting colors through the cabin make it unique and yet timeless.

The XE will also come with the latest in technology, including a new InControl infotainment system, and also joins the trend of the Heads Up display technology that projects pertinent information on the wind screen in front of the driver.

And while the U.S. will have to wait a while to see the new XE on the roads, we will be sure to release more details with you as they develop. But if you can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a powerful new Jaguar model, come down to our showroom today and take one for a spin!

Jaguar F PACE Revealed at Detroit Auto Show

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The North American International Auto Show brought plenty of exciting news from the auto industry about what up-and-coming vehicles to watch out for, but few of those vehicles were as jaw dropping as the very first Jaguar crossover SUV, the Jaguar F PACE.

Elmhurst Jaguar has a few details regarding this landmark event from Jaguar Land Rover, but more information will come as we get closer to the release date.

The Jaguar F PACE is based on the concept car that was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2013, the C-X17. It’s the first crossover to be built with Jaguar’s Advanced Aluminum Technology in the underpinning, and is sure to stand out in the crossover segment.

When the concept car was revealed, design direction Ian Callum said they “received such an overwhelming positive response” that it created a turning point of design and prototype to actual production for mass sales.

Like many of the releases of Jaguar models, the F PACE was inspired by the sleek performance and sports-like qualities of the Jaguar F-Type. It combines the luxury and the classic look that you expect from a Jaguar vehicle, while also incorporating functionality and practicality to appeal to families. It’s truly a unique crossover that’s one of the first sports cars for the whole family.

Elmhurst Jaguar will have to get back to you on the engine specifications and pricing information as the release date gets closer, but as of now, the F PACE is set to roll onto the sales lots in 2016.

The Detroit Auto show dates for the public in 2015 run from January 17th to January 25th and features more than 500 vehicles along with the latest in auto technology and ideas. We will pass on more information as they are released, so keep your eye out for details on this break-through Jaguar vehicle. In the meantime make sure to check out the rest of our great Jaguar models available today, or stop by our showroom to take one for a test drive.

The Jaguar XE Makes Its First Appearance Outside the UK

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Elmhurst Jaguar has recently brought you news of the grand opening of the Jaguar Land Rover plant in China as well as the release of the upcoming Jaguar XE hitting the markets this year. It was speculated that the Jaguar XE would be among the vehicles on the assembly line in Changshu, and while it was not be the first vehicle to roll out of the plant, it is now confirmed that it will be the first model bearing the Jaguar name.

The plant in Changshu plans to be running at full capacity by 2016, producing models projected to be popular in the Chinese market. The Range Rover Envoque has been produced at the plant in China for a few months now, but the XE will be the first Jaguar vehicle to be made outside of the United Kingdom.

While there is no date of when XE production will begin in Changshu, the vehicle is already rolling of the line in the U.K. and will be released to the European market this May, while hitting the US market later this year.

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This is the first of several plants to be built outside of the U.K. for Jaguar Land Rover, another to come to Brazil in 2016 and perhaps a possible plant in the southern United States.

While Jaguar is a name built on the power of tradition and heritage, it just makes economical sense to create plants in areas outside of the U.K. The cost of importing vehicles to these countries creates a serious disadvantage to buyers in that target area, and having a vehicle made locally creates a price drop for drivers who desire to own a U.K. powerhouse. It also is projected to significantly increase the overall global sales of both Jaguar and Land Rover.

There is a lot of excitement about the new Jaguar XE arriving to our area, and if the United States gets its first complete Jaguar Land Rover factory here, you can expect to get the new models faster than ever before without the import costs. And rest assured, Elmhurst Jaguar will let you know the exact release date of the XE to the U.S. market, as well as any news on the expected factories to come.

But if you don’t want to wait to get behind the wheel, come on down to Elmhurst and check out the rest of our Jaguar models.

The Jaguar CX75 is Set to Appear in New James Bond Film, “Spectre”

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There have been several appearances made by a Jaguar on the big screen over the years. Many of us here at Elmhurst Jaguar remember several well-loved films about the adventures of the iconic James Bond that feature some of the most popular Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in history. Recently, an announcement has been made that another Jaguar is being specially overhauled to appear in the next James Bond installment, Spectre.

This isn’t the first time the Jaguar line has been favored by Bond. In 2002, Die Another Day featured the Jaguar XKR, whereas the Jaguar XJ8 appeared in both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Most recently, the Jaguar XJ appeared in Skyfall several times throughout the film in 2012.

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And as for the newest film, the model chosen is a concept vehicle made solely for research and testing…and for the next biggest villain. The foe of James Bond will be driving the most innovated and advanced Jaguar to date, the CX75. Powered by the dark side, Jaguar is proud to be playing with the bad guys, fitting right along with their campaign: “It’s Good to be Bad”.  What could be better than being the official car of the villain against one of the greatest action heroes in history?

The Jaguar CX75 was the celebration of Jaguars 75th anniversary, revealed at the 2010 Paris Auto Show at the brand’s height of technological innovation. The goals for the final product are to have the vehicle reach 60 mph within three seconds and up to 100 mph in less than 6 seconds. It’s built with lightweight materials and has very low emissions, running partially on electric power. While the 800 hp powertrain is unbelievably impressive, it will be swapped out for the popular 5.0 L supercharged V8 of the F-Type line for film purposes.

If you show up for the November release date of Spectre, you’ll probably see a few of us from Elmhurst Jaguar at the local theater. But if you can’t wait that long and want to see some Jaguar driving action for yourself, come on down and take any of our powerful models for a test drive.