Could the Jaguar XK be making a comeback?
The Jaguar F-Type is one of the most exciting sports cars released in years. First launched back in 2013, Jaguar is already planning the next-generation F-Type which design director Ian Callum wants to launch as both a two-seater coupe and a 2+2. In an interview with Autocar, Callum outlined his desire to take this a step further and introduce a separate four-seater GT to Jaguar's line-up in the vein of the discontinued XK to complement the new F-Type.
Speaking to Autocar at the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Callum revealed that he has "quite different ideas... as to how to carry four people quickly around the world" with their luggage, implying that the reborn XK would be a true four-seater grand tourer if it gets the green light for production. The Jaguar XK was scrapped back in 2014 due to dwindling sales, which probably wasn't helped by the introduction of the competing F-Type. "The XK being dropped was much to my frustration," Callum recalled, who is keen to see it reborn. Having a Jaguar F-Type and XK in the range was "always the plan," had the success of the F-Type not killed it off.
"The F-Type was never meant to kill the XK," Callum said. If Callum's proposed 2+2 grand tourer gets approved, it would be built alongside the next-generation F-Type at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham, England. It would use an updated version of the F-Type platform, which is incidentally a modified version of the original XK platform, and adopt Jaguar's Ingenium engines. Engine ranges would include an entry-level four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline unit packing 296-hp and the upcoming straight-six powertrains. Should it get approved for production, Jaguar's 2+2 grand-tourer won't be introduced until at least 2021.
The reborn XK would also spawn performance variants including an R and an SVR range-topper. The current F-Type SVR is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 with 572 hp that hits 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, although the four-seater would be slightly slower due to its extra weight. Callum also confirmed that development of the second-generation F-Type is already underway and is expected to debut in 2019.