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.

Jaguar Has Teamed Up with the Bloodhound Project

Many of us at Elmhurst Jaguar remember in 1997 when it was announced that an automobile broke the sound barrier. The Thrust SSC reached a top speed of an incredible 771 mph.

Since then, driver Andy Green has moved on to the next goal where he will try to get behind the wheel of a vehicle going at least 1000 mph. We are excited to announce that Jaguar Land Rover is now a partner in this amazing venture, and the vehicle capable of this, The Bloodhound SSC, is finally underway.

However, there’s still a lot to be done if the Bloodhound Project is to be completed in twelve months. While the end result is to break 1000 mph, the project partners have made clear that their ultimate goal is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The all-new Jaguar F-Type Coupe has an important role in the technology testing portion of the project, in fact, the technology package used on the F-Type will be a model for the final project that will be attached to the 1000 mph rocket powered car.

Relaying information in a situation that is so intense and so dangerous is the most important feature of the project. Any delay in data communication could be the difference between life or death.

The F-Type was used to run the communications testing track in South Africa, which was a step towards the final assortment of sensors and video that will be used on the final model of the rocket-powered car a year. That information will also be relayed all over the world to schools and other audiences when the Bloodhound hits the mile marker in 3.6 seconds.

This is an exciting time for everyone involved.  Not only will the information created by the meeting of minds on this project create a once-in-a-lifetime event, some of this advanced technology may also be applied to new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles in the future. And you can bet that all of us here at Elmhurst Jaguar will most definitely be tuned in for the historic event next year.

Elmhurst Holiday Events for You and Your Family

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It’s the season for joy and good cheer, and everyone at Elmhurst Jaguar is in full swing celebrating the holidays. If you are a native to the area, then you may know of several special events happening this time of year, but there may be some that you have not heard of before. We are happy to share some of our favorite Elmhurst holiday events!

On December 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm, the Spring Road Business Association will be offering sleigh rides (or wagon rides if there is no snow) while you enjoy looking at the ice sculptures sponsored by local area businesses.  There will be time to visit with Santa and hot chocolate and cookies. The best part: it’s free and open to the general public!

A few miles down the road, the Brookfield Zoo is having their Holiday Magic Days. The last days before Christmas will be December 20th and 21st and is free to Zoo Members (regular admission and parking fees apply to non-members). The zoo will be decorated in close to a million lights and there will be fun activities such as ice carving demonstrations, live music, an Elf mini-train, story time and magicians. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also be there to join the fun and make some great photo opportunities. You can also ask about Breakfast with Santa before the big guy leaves for season.

Santa will also be with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the Welcome Yule!  It’s a great family event for adults and children over 5 years old. It’s a fun tradition to get into the holiday spirit that has been around for twenty years.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is also putting on a fantastic holiday event. This weekend will be the last time to check out the amazing light show. There will be ice carving demonstrations and many of the animal exhibits will still be open for late evening visitors to see. The event is from 5pm to 9pm and is a free event.

There are so many things to see and do with your family this time of year. This truly is a great area to live and visit and we hope that you have a lot of fun no matter what you choose to do.

Happy Holidays from the Elmhurst Jaguar Family!

The 2015 Jaguar XK Coupe May Not Be the End to the XK Series

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Earlier this year, Jaguar announced that it was slowly filtering out the XK lineup and planning Final Fifty editions for the last of the iconic vehicles.

The Final Fifty edition of the XK received some special upgrades to mark it as unique in the lineup. These vehicles are a blend of the features of the coupe and convertible styles, with an all black exterior and ivory white interiors. The body is modeled after the XKR but will have the hood of the XKR-S GT, and each also comes with the Dynamic Package and Performance Package as well as with commemorative plates marking it as the Final Fifty edition.

The XK model was first released in 1996 and seemed to be a big part of the Jaguar legacy, and with the upcoming release of the new Jaguar F-type, it seemed time to transition to a new era. However, Elmhurst Jaguar is pleased to hear that there is now some serious speculation that the XK may make a come-back sometime in the near future in the form of a 2015 Jaguar XK Coupe.

The 2015 XK Coupe comes in three varieties: the standard XK, the XKR, and the XKR-S. All three vehicles have a long, sleek hood that tapers to a compact, sporty body and comes in either a hard-top or convertible version. And like always, every XK is built with the finest materials that you would come to expect from a Jaguar, with the perfect blend of sport and sophistication.

The engine powering the XK is a powerful 5.0-L V8 with 385 horse power. It reaches top speeds of 155 mph and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. Both the convertible and the coupe also come with standard 6-speed automatic transmission.

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But while all of that sounds like a big final send-off, and other Jaguar vehicles have been discontinued in a similar fashion, this may not be the end of the XK. With recent investigations into the auto market and the positive reviews of the new F-Type, Jaguar designers are reconsidering the XK’s retirement, and realized that the possibility of a GT segment contender is one worth looking into.

While the F-Type fits the bill on many points, there are still desirable features that were not incorporated that could be used on a vehicle like the XK.

Only time will tell whether the ideas of a new Jaguar XK will come to fruition, but you can be sure that Elmhurst Jaguar will inform you of any news that may arise from this revival plan. In the meantime be sure to take a look at the XK models we have in stock, or with any questions you may have about the Jaguar brand.

Jaguar Land Rover Introduces the All New 2017 Jaguar XE

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Here at Elmhurst Jaguar, we can tell you that numbers don’t lie, but we can also tell you that more isn’t always better. Jaguar Land Rover stands for quality, not quantity, and we are proud to be part of a company that thrives on being unique and offering exclusive products you can’t find anywhere else. But with so many demands for Jaguar Land Rover to create a unique sedan with that exclusive Jaguar flair, they listened: introducing, the all new 2017 Jaguar XE, a perfect addition to the market of luxury sedans.

There have been a few sneak peeks of the new XE design recently, but more specific details on why this car is a step above all other luxury sedans on the market have finally been released:

The overall design is different from the traditional X-type series, while still not swinging all the way over to the F-type. There are also elements of the layout, like the wide and sporty front and rear, that give nod to the vehicle’s more sporty cousin. However, there are features that make the 2017 XE its own class of comfort and luxury.

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Inside the XE is a mixture of sedan and XF spirit. A rotary knob takes place of traditional gear shifters, but has gauges and a steering wheel found in some of Jaguar’s sportier cars. The infotainment system seen in Jaguars of the past has been upgraded in the new XE models, and can integrate with both Android and Apple systems to control a large portion of the car’s entertainment and comfort by voice command. Jaguar also made use of Heads Up technology, that displays pertinent information on the windshield in front of the driver.

Under the hood, the XE S will be very similar to the Jaguar F-Type, making the seemingly unambiguous sedan a lot of fun to drive than expected. Powered by 163 horses with 207 lb/ft torque in a 3.0-L V6 engine, it will have the capability to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

The XE is also proclaimed as the most aerodynamic of all Land Rover Jaguars, reflecting the engineering genius behind the vehicles that are not only sleek, but also as economic as possible.

Elmhurst Jaguar challenges you to take a closer look at the new XE and step away from your standard luxury sedan.

Save Big at Jaguar Elmhurst this Black Friday!

Elmhurst jaguar black Friday SaleJaguar Elmhurst is having a Black Friday Event this Friday, 11/28 and we don’t want you to miss out on getting the best deal of the year on a new or pre-owned Jaguar!

We are featuring $500 off all posted prices on our website for ALL JAGUAR INVENTORY this Friday, 11/28 only! See our current offers here.

Also, Jaguar Elmhurst is offering 15% off all Jaguar lifestyle items and accessories now through 12/31. You can order these online, or at the dealership, and we’ll give you free shipping within the continental states.

Give the gift that keeps on growling at Jaguar Elmhurst!

Unique Thanksgiving Side Dishes

If you are packing up and heading out for holiday travel soon, you may want to bring some sort of dish to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner.  While you could run to the grocery store and swipe up a few cans of cranberry sauce, why not impress your company with some extra pizzazz?

Elmhurst Jaguar has a few favorite recipes we would like to share with you that put a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and are sure to be a hit. Try one of these unique Thanksgiving side dishes this year!

Brussels Sprouts and Pecans

While it may seem like an unlikely combination, this fast and easy recipe will most certainly have people clamoring for seconds.

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Put a twist on the traditional cranberry sauce and transform these four ingredients to something extraordinary.

Creamed Collards

Even if you have a guest who never appreciated collard greens before…behold! A recipe that uses a whole pound of bacon. 

Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Parmesan

Hang onto those pecans left over from the Brussels sprouts recipe, and use them with some sweet potatoes for a mouth-watering, sweet side dish.

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This recipe makes a great alternative to sweet potatoes.  The texture is lighter and fluffier than you would think possible from two pounds of carrots.

Potato and Celery Root Mash

Take a traditional Thanksgiving side dish and add some flavor.  By mixing celery root in with creamy Yukon gold potatoes, you will have a dish that goes with almost any entrée.

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These are probably the richest and most flavorful biscuits you will see at a dinner table.  Adding Brie to a made-from-scratch biscuit recipe makes such a difference in taste.

Wide Rice and Mushroom Pilaf with Cranberries

This is a recipe that incorporates the traditional cranberry element but also makes a dish that’s as good to look at as it is to eat.

We hope these recipes make your Thanksgiving gathering the best it can be. From the Elmhurst Jaguar family to yours, have a Happy Holiday!