By on May 21, 2018

Jaguar F-Type 4cyl

Jaguar is apparently considering bringing the XK out of retirement. Discontinued for the 2015 model year, the automaker didn’t see much reason to keep it around with the F-Type being such a success.

Hanno Kirner, Jaguar Land Rover’s director of corporate strategy, now claims the time has come to commence work on a 2+2 F-Type. However, the brand wants to further re-establish itself as a sports car manufacturer. The F-Type was a good start, and the spiritual successor to the XK will further that goal. But Kirner, along with design head Ian Callum, wants to see a whole family of new sporting vehicles populating Jaguar’s stable within the next decade. 

“The F-Type has been a huge success,” Kirner told Autocar in a recent interview. “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 … I want a two-seater and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design.”

Jaguar was believed to had been working on the design of a third-generation XK before the model was discontinued. However, that isn’t going to quicken the four-seater’s development phase. The new model is supposedly an entirely new design and unlikely to see the light of day before 2021. Jag’s new sports car family is also supposed to ride on a new platform — not the modified (shortened) XK architecture the F-Type currently uses.

That’s good news, as we can’t imagine the current model becoming a 2+2 without convulsing from fits of laughter. But you don’t want to turn the F-Type into a pig so you can sell it with more seats, either. Apparently, the new platform will be flexible enough to size up or down without much trouble and could even take a wide variety of powertrains.

“There is an argument that says hybrid sports cars might cater for both the environment and the excitement such cars deliver,” Kirner said. “A lot of people like the sound of an engine. That’s a fact, and it is a defining part of a sports car. 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.”

[Image: Jaguar Land Rover]

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9 Comments on “Jaguar F-Type Could Launch 2+2 Variant On Revised Platform...”

  • avatar
    Kalvin Knox

    OOOOOHHHHH BOOOYY I want to see a new XK. Always liked them.

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    I feel like Jaguar has a separate platform for everything except the XE/F-Type. They need to consolidate and cut weight. Next XK will weigh as much as a Charger R/T despite being all aluminum.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Currently Jaguar/Land Rover has four distinct platforms. One of them is transverse-engined, and underpins the Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, and E-PACE. This one is a heavily-modified form of Ford’s EUCD architecture. But it makes sense that it’s separate.

      Then, the XE, XF, F-PACE, i-PACE, Range Rover Velar, and F-TYPE are all on the new iQ architecture.

      The XJ sits on its own aluminum platform.

      And the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Discovery use an aluminum architecture.

      The XJ may not survive to see another generation (although there are talks of making it a Model-S-fighting EV), and if it does, it will definitely move to the iQ platform, eliminating one outlier. And depending on whether or not iQ can be beefed up for cars with true off-road cred, it may also underpin the aforementioned big three Land Rovers when they get redesigned. So they could be down to just two platforms within the next decade.

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    It looks like a 370Z in that pic.

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    How often is the back seat used on a 2+2 like this? I’ve never seen three people in a Lexus SC430 and I think there’s a reason for that: legs.

    • 0 avatar

      No human could fit in the backseat of an XK but it was handy for parcels, purses and small dogs. As a two seater the F-Type is tight, not much if any room for storage, but that is not what it was made for.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      For all intents and purposes, the XK has always been a 2+2. But there’s no need for that kind of car. The only 2+2s that sell well are the Mustang and Camaro, which are equally-cramped. I can’t fit in the back of either, at 5’10”.

      I say Jaguar shouldn’t bother unless they’re going for a big grand-tourer, the approximate size of the S-Class Coupe or Continental GT. Otherwise, it’s redundant compared to the F-TYPE, which probably sells quite well *because* it’s visibly a lifestyle vehicle, with its two seats.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Makes sense for Jaguar to offer a grand tourer to compete with BMW 8 series and Benz S class coupe.

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    The XK is my favourite/dream car…I’ve been debating buying an 2012+ or waiting for a new one.

    Looks like now I’ll be waiting for a new one.

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