Steane Klose | Jan 14, 2009

Keep your eyes peeled come the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Jaguar has announced that this is the annointed time and place for the release of its keenly-awaited upcoming roadster.

Expected to be called the Jaguar XE, the roadster will reportedly be based on a modified Jaguar XJ platform. A supercharged V6 engine could make an appearance up front and would power the rear wheels, as God intended.

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Jaguar boss Mike O’Driscoll explained that selecting 2011 was an easy choice.

“Geneva 2011 will be the 50th anniversary of the launch of the E-type and what better way to celebrate that than to launch a new sports car.”

O’Driscoll hinted that a fifth and smaller model could also join the line-up, noting that a new roadster was not Jaguar's only ambition. While O’Driscoll played his cards close to his chest, he did confirm that the new model would not be a replacement for the ageing X-type.

In unrelated but equally interesting Jaguar news, O’Driscoll went on to say that additional engines options may be considered for the XF further into its life cycle. A four-cylinder diesel was mentioned with O’Driscoll commenting that there was "no reason why we shouldn't". There's bound to be more good things coming from Jaguar, so stay tuned.

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