Jaguar Chief Hints At New Range Of Sports Car

Mon 21st May 2018

Jaguar could be looking to relaunch the XK range of sports cars after the company’s head of product strategy revealed that they are working on a new range.

The XK brand was discontinued in 2014, but the recent glimpse of the Elegant 2+2 XK flagship suggests that we could be seeing Jaguar bring the sporty series back and it will be joined by a new F-Type.

Speaking to Autocar.co.uk, Jaguar’s Hanno Kirner said: “The F-Type has been a huge success. “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 had previously hinted at a two-seater and a 2+2 and it is understood that his team had actually worked on a design to replace the XK before the second generation was axed. The latest XK series however is likely to be started from scratch by Jaguar’s design team.

Though the current F-Type is built upon the discontinued XK platform, it comes with plenty of modifications and Kirner has suggested that that will be the philosophy Jaguar take if they develop a 2+2 layout. Kirner has als said that the same flexibility will be given to engine types, with no plans to go down a EV or PHEV route only.
Kirner said: “I love the idea of a flexible architecture that can give us anything.

“There is an argument that says hybrid sports cars might cater for both the environment and the excitement such cars deliver,” he 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.”

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