Jaguar F-Type Could Launch 2+2 Variant On Revised Platform

jaguar f type could launch 2 2 variant on revised platform

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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  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on May 21, 2018

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

  • Koreancowboy Koreancowboy on May 22, 2018

    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.

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
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