New Jaguar XK: design boss wants a 2+2 GT to return

A Jaguar 2+2 GT is back on the cards, and sat next to the brand of the next generation of the F-Type if it makes production.

The director of design of Jaguar, Ian Callum said Autocar in Pebble Beach: “I want a two-seater [F-Type], and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There is nothing approved, but we instigate in the design – that is what we do.”

Discuss the idea in more detail at the Frankfurt motor show last month, Callum said that he believed that Jaguar could add a XK-as a model to their range, and you “would like to return to both”. To do this, Callum has something “very different from the ideas… on how to carry four people around the world quickly” with your luggage, suggesting that if the XK were reborn, it would be as a true four-seat sports grand tourer. The XK will be discontinued in 2014 due to mark sales. “The XK is fell was much to my frustration,” said Callum.

If a new 2+2 gets the nod, it would be built alongside the next generation of the F-Type from Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant. The car will use an updated version of the F-Type platform (which itself is a modified version of the original XK platform), and to adopt Jaguar engines-Ingenium. These include the entry level four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline unit with 296bhp and the next line of six propulsion systems in various states of tune. The last engines to replace the Ford-V6s source, as found in the current F-Type.

The model, which would not be introduced until at least 2021, would be hot iterations including a R and the range-topping SVR. The F-Type SVR uses a 5.0-litre V8 with 572bhp, which reaches 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 sec, while the extra weight of a four-seater would increase this time a little bit.

The development of the second generation of the F-Type, expected in 2019, is also underway, confirmed Callum.

He described the sports car market as a “spot” and said: “On the whole, the market share is falling all the time. That’s why we keep the high-end with our sports cars.”

When asked if the Jaguars could consider the possibility of an alliance to make their sports cars more viable, in a similar way to BMW and Toyota, with their respective Z4 and Supra models, Callum said: “I’ve had a couple of ideas about alliances, but it didn’t happen. Partnerships are the answer, I think. But we have to do our own thing with the F-Type.”

Callum added that the F-Type is key to Jaguar. “It is the heart of the brand. I regularly have the conversation about how Jag needs a sports car. I mean, if it wasn’t to make money – and not, by the way – that is what you are doing for your brand that matter. It is aspirational.” While Callum hopes of an XK replacement continue, Jaguar did, in fact, the design of the next generation XK that would be the sale – had the success of the F-Type in the eyes of the marketing department not killed him.

Callum confirmed that having an F-Type and XK range Jaguar was always “the plan”. He added: “The F-Type was not intended to kill the XK.”

However, with the design work on the XK is complete, and the F-Type launched in 2013, said Callum dealers of Jaguar believed that the XK was no longer necessary. The F-Type, the thought, filled the role of a sporting, the performance of Jaguar in the range, and engineering works in the XK never started.

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