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Jaguar Said to be Developing Plug-in Hybrid Option

The plug-in option will be a fuel-efficient three-cylinder gasoline unit coupled to an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries.

Published: 18-Jun-2009

When the Indian carmaker Tata Motors became the new owner of Jaguar last year there were concerns expressed from the cross-section of the industry concerning Jaguar’s future as a brand.

However, these anxieties were laid to rest when Ratan Tata reiterated its vision for Jaguar and many have judged it an appealing one. Although Jaguar’s current position in the midst of the economic upheaval is just the same as the rest, it has determined to weather the financial storm and plans to succeed. Among other things, Tata’s plan for the Jaguar brand consists of a fresh roadster. It was established by the Indian carmaker that the roadster’s development was well within schedule and it was at the design stage at present. There are reports coming out saying that the Jaguar roadster will not make it to its intended 2011 launch. Continued after the jump!

This however will provide Jaguar the time needed to come up with a new plug-in hybrid option in addition to the roadster. There will be a fuel-efficient three-cylinder gasoline unit coupled to an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries. It is a fact that the government of UK has released funding for Jaguar to facilitate the rapid development of technologies that aim at cutting emissions. Other reports say that Jaguar will also be coming out with a plug-in hybrid option for its XJ flagship saloon that coming out soon.

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