It’s no secret that for Jaguar, the F-Type has been one of the most exciting sports cars released in years by the brand.
Launched in 2013 as Gen I, Jaguar is reportedly planning the successor. While this is happening, there are strong rumours emerging from UK that design supremo Ian Callum is looking a bit further with a possible spiritual successor to the discontinued XK.
Jaguar design boss Ian Callum recently told British media he would “like to get back to both,” with obvious reference to the two-seater F-Type and a 2+2 successor to the XK. However, Callum has some “quite different ideas” for a new 2+2. While, the F-Type wasn’t created as a replacement of the XK, it may be recalled that the Jaguar discontinued production of the XK in 2014, mainly due to poor sales. Many in the business attributed the success of the F-Type as the probable cause of the XK’s premature death.
Callum is aware of the market realities and analysts are of the opinion that the new XK could be conceived more as a grand tourer with room for luggage! This would help both sports cars to remain independent of each other.
If Callum’s proposed 2+2 grand tourer gets greenlighted, it would be built alongside the next-generation F-Type at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham, England. The new XK would use an updated version of the F-Type platform, which is incidentally a modified version of the original XK platform, and adopt Jaguar’s newly developed Ingenium engines. Engine ranges could include an entry-level four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit offering 296hp and the upcoming straight-six powertrains. Even after approval, the earliest Jaguar will be introduce the new car will be at least 2021. The reborn XK line-up would also be treated with performance variants like an R and top-of-the-line SVR.