Enterprise Television- Jaguar to Revive Sports Cars with New XK
About four years after discontinuing the production of the XK Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to revive its sports cars with the re-launch of the Jaguar XK.
The firm’s Head of Product Strategy, Hanno Kirner, confirmed that that the automaker was working on a proposal for a whole family of sports cars, adding that the company remained committed to the sports car segment, despite the Jaguar E-Pace and F-Pace SUVs dominating the firm’s sales
“The F-Type has been a huge success,” he said. “We love sports cars – and I use the plural quite deliberately. Whether that is delivered by a body variant or something else remains to be seen, but for now let’s just say that the body type is very important for us.”
Jaguar’s Head of Design, Ian Callum said that work on a re-envisaged XK had begun, saying, “I want a two-seater [the F-Type] and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design.”
Reports stated that “Should a new XK see the light of day, it will allegedly be based on the next-gen F-Type due to come out as early as next year.
“The current F-Type actually uses updated underpinnings of the old XK and will benefit from revised hardware for its next iteration. The setup Jaguar’s engineers have been working on can be modified to support the creation of a new and roomier 2+2 model in the same vein as the grand tourer canned after the XKR Final Fifty Edition.”
It stated that both the F-Type and XK successors would utilise JRL’s crop of Ingenium four- and six-cylinder engines and were expected to spawn SVR versions sharing the supercharged 5.0-litre V8.
However, it noted that it was unclear whether the reworked hardware would open up the possibility of a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Kirner also talked up the possibility of developing future platforms to be flexible enough to accept multiple powertrain types.
“I absolutely believe that there will be electric sports cars one day, but I also believe there may be a different step of combining the battery and an engine. At Jaguar, all I can say for now is that we will continue to invest in sports cars.”
According to the him, the F-Type was also seen as critical to underpinning Jaguar’s heritage as a sports car maker prior to it branching out into the booming SUV segment.
“With the market set to become ever more crowded, achieving differentiation by playing to authentic brand values is increasingly viewed as critical by established car makers,” it stated.
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