Jaguar bosses are desperate to build this car. They can practically taste the market excitement it would cause, especially in the US and the UK. The popular proposal is for a steel-bodied, XF-based two-seater that uses V6 and V8 engines and starts at under £45,000 (although top-end models would be direct Porsche 911 rivals). It would be 200kg lighter than a similarly engined XF saloon, about 70cm shorter overall and 40cm shorter in the wheelbase. The suspension and running gear would be largely familiar, although engineers reckon there would be a case for modified front suspension with less unsprung weight. Look for a soft-top rather than a design-limiting folding steel roof. All at Jaguar know any sports car will have to live in the shadow of the E-type, and will be expected to look amazing.
Jaguar could conceivably build four offshoots of the XF: a four-seat convertible, a coupé, a sporty estate and a crossover 4x4.However, a fixed-roof coupé is the most likely because the saloon’s proportions lend themselves to the switch, the engineering is straightforward, the idea suits the Jaguar marque values well, and recent German coupé successes show it could sell. Expect it to stick largely with the saloon’s interior architecture and engine line-up, but to be distinctive enough to sell on exclusivity.
XF Crossover 4x4
Controversial, this one, and only a long-odds possibility. Jaguar marketing men envy booming sales of rival brands in this sector and reckon the XF design values could easily stretch to a sleek, stylish soft-roader. Designers have already produced proposals and full-size models.However, the Jaguar/Land Rover decision makers believe Jaguar must resist becoming a 4x4 company, and leave such vehicles to Land Rover, especially as its associate marque is about to move further into the high-style 4x4 bracket with the new LRX.