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2018 Jaguar Changes


2018 Jaguar Model Changes

All the changes to all Jaguar vehicles for 2018 model year. Stay tuned and bookmark this article, as we will be updating it periodically with new information.

Edited: New XJR575; other XJ models.


2018 Jaguar E-Pace

This new crossover is Jaguar's first vehicle based on a front-wheel-drive platform since the ill-conceived, Ford Contour based X-Type. Like the X-Type, it aims to obfuscate its FWD roots with a standard all-wheel-drive system. 

The bones of the E-Pace are taken from its corporate sister the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. In the case of a small crossover, I think Jaguar is on more solid ground. Pedigree isn't as closely scrutinized in this more practical segment. After all Porsche was able to transform the VW Touareg into the Cayenne. (The E-Pace is so closely related to the Evoque that it uses the Rover's trim level names: S, SE, and HSE.)

The E-Pace has a slew of standard equipment, including LED headlights, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning, Driver Condition Mintor, Rear Parking Camera, Front and Rear Parking Sonar, leather seats, auto dimming interior and exterior mirrors, power-fold mirrors,.


2018 Jaguar F-Pace

The 25t 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, updated with variable valve lift is the new base engine, badged 25t. An upgraded version of the same engine producing 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque has replaced the optional 340-horsepower supercharged V6.

The storied "Portfolio" trim level badge has been added to an F-Pace model that is the new top-of-the-line, above S models, even though it is equipped with a 4-cylinder and the S has the 380-horsepower supercharged V6.

Collision warning and automatic braking are now available on all models except the Base F-Pace. Lane Departure Warning (without Lane Keeping Assist) is also now optional on all but Base.


2018 Jaguar F-Type Convertible

The F-Type gets a refresh with new LED headlights with distinctive hockey-stick shaped daytime running lights, bumper and grille. F-Type S basically renamed F-Type R-Dynamic.

In addition to the fresh looks, the F-Type gets two new engines: an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and lift is the new base engine; a tuned up version of the 3.0 V6 with 400 horsepower powers the new Sport 400. Both are equipped exclusively with eight-speed automatic transmissions; Sport 400 offers all-wheel-drive.

New driver's assistance systems which improve safety include available Emergency Braking (a collision warning and automatic braking system), Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor and Park Assist (car will steer itsel into a parallel parking spot). Rear View Camera, Rear Parking Aid (backup warning) and Lane Departure Warning are now standard.

Other equipment that was optional and is now standard: 12-way power seats (previously 6); 3-person memory for driver's seat, steering column and outside mirrors, easy-entry steering wheel, automatic dipping mirrors in reverse,

LEDs replace Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights. Adaptive headlights and cornering lights have been discontinued.

Ventilated seats, cooled by the air conditioning are now an option throughout the model range.


2018 Jaguar XE Project 8

Only in its second year of production, the XE gets a slew of new variants, engine upgrades and a new engine choice.

Added to the XE, XE Premium, XE Prestige and XE R-Sport are the XE S and Portfolio. Both Portfolio and S are above the previous trims in price and appointments, with the Portfolio the range topper. The S is now the only variant that offers the supercharged V6, which is now the 380-horsepower variant, up 40 from last year's XE 35t.

The standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, known as 25t, gains seven horsepower for a total of 247. Torque is up 18 to 269 pound-feet. It now uses variable valve lift in addition to variable valve timing. Variable valve lift can change how fully the valves open that let in air and fuel and let out exhaust. Fuel mileage ratings are much improved due to variable valve lift: 25 city/34 highway RWD. All-wheel-drive is now offered with this engine and is rated at 24 city/34 highway MPG.

Above the 25t is a new version of the same engine, designated 30t; it is rated at a peak 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Emergency Braking, which will activate the brakes automatically if a forward facing camera determines that a collision is imminent, is now available on all models except the base XE, standard on Portfolio, R-Sport and S.

The optional power trunk now includes hands-free opening and closing by kicking a foot under either side of the rear bumper.

A single-slot CD player is now offered: part of the technology package.

Finally, pictured at top, Jaguar SVO will make 300 XE Project 8 supercars with 600 horsepower 5.0 supercharged V8 engines. Available next year, U.S. availability is unknown.


2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The new XF Sportbrake introduces the first Jaguar station wagon to the U.S. market. Initially at least, it will only come in the top performance specification: S, with the 3.0-liter supercharged 380-horsepower V6, an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

Two new 4-cylinder engines are available: both 2.0-liter gasoline turbocharged, the 25t has 247-horsepower and it becomes the new base engine. The 30t is rated at 296 horsepower and replaces the 340-horsepower 3.0 Supercharged V6. Both come standard with 8-speed automatics and offer optional all-wheel drive.

The 20d 180-horsepower diesel 4-cylinder remains as an option and the XF S remains powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower.

Emergency Braking (forward collision warning and automatic brakeing) is now available on all models except the Base XF.

A CD player is now available, included with Touch Pro entertainment system.

Base model no longer has automatic dimming exterior mirrors.

Memory driver's seat and mirrors now standard on all trims.


2018 Jaguar XJR575

The XJR on the short wheelbase XJ platform has been cancelled and the 550-horsepower V8 replaced with the 575-horsepower 5.0 V8 from the F-Type SVR. It's surprising the longer, heavier long wheelbase XJ would be chosen as the recipient of this engine, so its expected that a special XJ variant on the short wheelbase chassis is still coming.

New for 2018 on all XJ models: Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist is standard, so is a Driver Condition Monitor.


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