Elegant 2+2 XK flagship looks set to join a new F-Type in Jaguar’s sports car line-up

Plans to relaunch the Jaguar XK are gathering momentum, with the firm’s head of product strategy confirming that it is working on a proposal for a whole family of sports cars.

Hanno Kirner, who oversees product strategy for the next decade at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), told Autocar the company remains committed to the sports car segment, despite the Jaguar E-Pace and F-Pace SUVs dominating the firm’s sales. In 2017, the F-Pace accounted for two-fifths of all Jaguar sales. The XK was discontinued in 2014.

“The F-Type has been a huge success,” he said. “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.”

Kirner’s comments echo those of Jaguar’s head of design, Ian Callum, who has often spoken of his personal desire to develop a family of sports cars. Last year, Callum hinted that work on a re-envisaged XK had begun when he told Autocar: “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 believed that Callum’s team completed a design concept for an XK replacement prior to the second-generation model being axed. However, the latest project is believed to be entirely new and unlikely to be launched until at least 2021.

Both Kirner’s longer-term planning role and his comments suggest the creation of a new sports car family is dependent on JLR’s next-generation platform strategy. Today’s F-Type is based on a heavily modified version of the discontinued XK’s platform and is due for replacement in around 2019. The new F-Type is expected to use a development of that architecture, which is believed to be flexible enough to be adapted back to a 2+2 layout.

“I love the idea of a flexible architecture that can give us anything,” said Kirner.

Kirner also talked up the possibility of developing future platforms to be flexible enough to accept multiple powertrain types. However, it isn’t clear if this would apply to next-gen sports cars, because it is not certain if even the latest modified underpinnings could be adapted for a plug-in hybrid powertrain’s ancillaries.

“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.”

Initially, it is expected that the next F-Type – and by association the reborn XK – will be powered by JLR’s regular family of Ingenium engines. These would include the entry-level four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit with 296bhp and straight six powertrains in various states of tune. The latter engines would replace the Ford-sourced V6s, as found in the current F-Type.

Both the F-Type and the XK would likely get hot iterations along the lines of those available today, including range-topping SVR derivatives tuned by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division. The F-Type SVR uses a 5.0-litre V8 with 572bhp and covers 0-62mph in 3.7sec, although the extra weight of a four-seater would increase this time slightly.

Upon its launch in 2012, the F-Type was regarded as crucial to Jaguar re-establishing its credentials in the two-seat sports car market. Although overall sales have been modest in the context of the firm’s other models, they have held steady in Europe throughout the car’s lifetime and grown substantially in some markets, including the US and China.

The F-Type was also seen as critical to underpinning Jaguar’s heritage as a sports car maker prior to it branching out into the booming SUV segment. With the market set to become ever more crowded, achieving differentiation by playing to authentic brand values is increasingly viewed as critical by established car makers. Additionally, at one stage, three-quarters of sales of the F-Type convertible were to buyers who were entirely new to the Jaguar brand and, as such, the model was hailed for breaking established views of the manufacturer’s cars. 

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21 May 2018

need to take a look at Volvos platform strategy, SPA and CMA, they fit everything from a small hatchback/SUV (40 series) to the 7 seat XC90 and include a 600bph hybrid sports coupe along the way, all can be electrified or hybrid, the only difference JLR would have to make is in the front section to accomodate larger engines. 

Their current platform strategy is a joke. 

21 May 2018
Citytiger wrote:

need to take a look at Volvos platform strategy, SPA and CMA, they fit everything from a small hatchback....... 

I'm pretty sure the small hatchback (V40) uses the very old MK2 focus platform (global C platform)

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

21 May 2018
xxxx wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

need to take a look at Volvos platform strategy, SPA and CMA, they fit everything from a small hatchback....... 

I'm pretty sure the small hatchback (V40) uses the very old MK2 focus platform (global C platform)

 Your actually wrong, fancy that, the Mk2 Focus is based on the C1 platform, Volvo used that for the C30, S40mk2 and the V50.  

The V40 is based on the Global C platform, first released in 2011/12 its the same platform as the current Mk3 Focus and the Kuga, so not that old, the replacement due very shortly uses CMA, the same as the widely praised XC40, JLR are still using Fords EUCD platform, first used in the mk1 S-Max in 2006. 

The XK/F-Type platform is from around 2005, it replaced the previous XK that was based on an XJS platform from 70's.   

The current Volvo S60 and V40 are the only Volvos using Ford derived platforms, the S60 is being replaced in the next few weeks, and the V40 in 6-12 months, lets also not forget Geely Volvos owner, now also own Lotus, and are the biggest shareholder in Daimler.

JLR will still be using Ford derived platforms and engines for at least the next 5-10 years.

As the article states, its not even clear if JLRs next platforms are compatible with a hybrid solution. They cant even put the P400e drivetrain into the Discovery, because it would mean ripping out its rear seats, and losing its main USP. XC90 T8, 400bhp petrol hybrid with 7 seats,  where are JLRs, BMW or Audis 7 seat hybrids?   

21 May 2018
Citytiger wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

need to take a look at Volvos platform strategy, SPA and CMA, they fit everything from a small hatchback....... 

I'm pretty sure the small hatchback (V40) uses the very old MK2 focus platform (global C platform)

 Your actually wrong, fancy that, the Mk2 Focus is based on the C1 platform, Volvo used that for the C30, S40mk2 and the V50.  

The V40 is based on the Global C platform, first released in 2011/12 its the same platform as the current Mk3 Focus....

Nope you're wrong, you said "Volvos platform strategy, SPA and CMA, they fit everything from a small hatchback" which, as you've confirmed, they don't!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

22 May 2018
xxxx wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

need to take a look at Volvos platform strategy, SPA and CMA, they fit everything from a small hatchback....... 

I'm pretty sure the small hatchback (V40) uses the very old MK2 focus platform (global C platform)

 Your actually wrong, fancy that, the Mk2 Focus is based on the C1 platform, Volvo used that for the C30, S40mk2 and the V50.  

The V40 is based on the Global C platform, first released in 2011/12 its the same platform as the current Mk3 Focus....

Nope you're wrong, you said "Volvos platform strategy, SPA and CMA, they fit everything from a small hatchback" which, as you've confirmed, they don't!

The mk2 V40, already out testing and due for release in 12-18 months is built on CMA, the first model in the new 40 series range the "XC40" is built on CMA.

The XC40 is effectively a jacked up small hatchback, labelled as a compact "SUV", unless of course you believe it isnt.

Collins English dictionary definition "A hatchback is a car with an extra door at the rear that opens upwards"

22 May 2018
xxxx wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

need to take a look at Volvos platform strategy, SPA and CMA, they fit everything from a small hatchback....... 

I'm pretty sure the small hatchback (V40) uses the very old MK2 focus platform (global C platform)

 Your actually wrong, fancy that, the Mk2 Focus is based on the C1 platform, Volvo used that for the C30, S40mk2 and the V50.  

The V40 is based on the Global C platform, first released in 2011/12 its the same platform as the current Mk3 Focus....

Nope you're wrong, you said "Volvos platform strategy, SPA and CMA, they fit everything from a small hatchback" which, as you've confirmed, they don't!

The mk2 V40, already out testing and due for release in 12-18 months is built on CMA, the first model in the new 40 series range the "XC40" is built on CMA.

The XC40 is effectively a jacked up small hatchback, labelled as a compact "SUV", unless of course you believe it isnt.

Collins English dictionary definition "A hatchback is a car with an extra door at the rear that opens upwards"

21 May 2018

Jaguar are fast becoming the go-to quality car manufacturer.   Ahead in design, and their latest technologies rival others.

 

Now my question is more about why not do a smaller sports car that rivals the Z4 and TT models?   Something to get people in to Jaguars earlier than the 50k+ models?

 

A new XK will be superb to see, but I'd also like more focus on segments of the market that's more accessable.

 

21 May 2018
Symanski wrote:

Jaguar are fast becoming the go-to quality car manufacturer.   Ahead in design, and their latest technologies rival others.

 

Now my question is more about why not do a smaller sports car that rivals the Z4 and TT models?   Something to get people in to Jaguars earlier than the 50k+ models?

 

A new XK will be superb to see, but I'd also like more focus on segments of the market that's more accessable.

 

Jaguars quality and design has gone down hill with its latest models, the latest XE and XF are not selling anywhere near the numbers they should be, and they are plagued with various faults and electical problems and their latest tech is shocking, just try reading a few reviews of their latest infotainment systems. 

21 May 2018

Really?? News to me! Wonder how they quantify success!?

21 May 2018

They  have sold nearly  900 F-Types so far this year in the US and around 1500 in the same period last year. 

Success ?

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