Jaguar XK, the auto aficionado's blue-eyed apple, is all set to start its second innings and how? Well, the iconic nameplate is ready to roar (the exhaust note) again if an AutoCar UK report is to be believed. The strategy and product planning head for JLR has confirmed that the company is indeed giving a thought to bring the XK back to the roads. What further bolsters the return of Jaguar XK is the statement of design boss Ian Callum in which he claimed that work has commenced on the re-envisaged sedan and it would be a 4-seater avatar of F-Type coupe.
“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,” said Hanno Kirner, product strategy director, Jaguar Land Rover. Jaguar XK was phased out nearly four years back in 2014. Ian Callum, while speaking to AutoCar, said, “I want a two-seater [the F-Type] and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design.” It is being learnt that the design team had developed a design prototype even before the second-gen sedan was discontinued. But, this new project is believed to be entirely new with no connection with the older concept model.
The new-gen Jaguar XK, in all likelihood, would be following the company's next-gen architecture strategy. It could be based on the new-generation F-Type, which is due for a launch next year. The new F-type architecture is believed to be quite flexible and it could spawn multiple cars for the British luxury marque. As for the engines, the new sedan could use the same Ingenium set of petrol and diesel mills initially, while later joined by the high-performance SVR derivatives tuned by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division. Though, the sportscar is in its very initial stages currently and nothing concrete has come up yet, but this very little info seems fairly exciting. Wait yields best results, so its better to wait till 2021 because that's the year Jaguar XK is expected to hit the roads finally.
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