Mid-engined layout and electric power are in play for next-generation 911 rival
23 September 2019

Jaguar is favouring a mid-engined layout for the next-generation F-Type – and it is set to revive a number of design cues from the ill-fated C-X75 concept

The brand’s designers and engineers are mulling key decisions about the direction of the next-generation Porsche 911 rival, chief among which is whether to stick with the current front-mid-engined layout or reinvent it as an electrified – or even pure electric – model with a mid-mounted powertrain. Autocar understands that the latter is favoured by those close to the project. 

Speaking recently to Autocar, now former design director Ian Callum revealed he had laid out a blueprint for the next generation of sports car in collaboration with his successor, Julian Thomson. “We could get quite close [to the C-X75],” Callum said. 

“There’s still a formula within Jaguar for a front-mid-engined car. I have a preference for mid-engined cars. It’s certainly something I would like to see.” 

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The suggestion is that Jaguar has progressed at least two design approaches: one in the short-nosed electric/mid-engined format Callum prefers and another with a longer bonnet to accommodate front-mounted internal combustion engines (ICE), including a hybridised V8. 

“For an electric sports car,” he added, “you could make a shape like [the C-X75] with the batteries in a T or H-shape through the middle. Or you could make it as a longitudinal internal-combustion mid-engined car. It would be short enough. So the style won’t dictate the drivetrain, but the drivetrain may dictate the style.” 

The current F-Type is still set to be on sale for another three years with a round of updates to bring it into line with newer competitors. But Callum confirmed in April that the development cycle for its successor would have to begin “soon”. 

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One of many stumbling blocks to developing the new sports car is the platform itself, which – if to be designed from scratch and bespoke to the model – would require lots of cash and resources at an uncertain time for Jaguar Land Rover. The company lost £395 million in the last financial quarter and hopes models such as the updated Jaguar XE, new Range Rover Evoque and heavily revised Land Rover Discovery Sport can offset significant recent investments and a slump in demand from China. 

One cost-effective solution is to again join forces with BMW. The British and German makers recently announced they would develop and assemble electric drive units for future models together, but already sources suggest BMW will supply combustion engines to JLR too. As previously revealed by Autocar, JLR may also use BMW’s FAAR front-driven platform for a range of compact models, including Land Rover SUVs. 

BMW bosses are said to be deciding whether to turn the next-generation i8 into a fully electric sports car. Prototypes of such a model have already undergone testing, according to a Munich-based engineering source. By sharing development of an EV sports car platform, BMW and JLR could considerably reduce costs while at the same time pooling engineering expertise and resources. 

Another alternative is to make use of Jaguar’s well-proven electric car platform used in the I-Pace. This would require investment to adapt it for a different purpose, but EV platforms tend to be easier to modify to suit different bodystyles and drive configurations than ICE ones. 

With Callum’s departure, the F-Type has immediately become his legacy in terms of Jaguar sports cars. With global sales of around 62,000 (70% in coupé form, 30% as convertibles), the model has helped rebuild Jaguar’s reputation as a maker of alluring sports cars – as it also strives to become renowned for other types of car such as SUVs. While the F-Type’s sales continue to significantly trail those of class leaders such as the Porsche 911, Callum is adamant that a successor is integral to the brand. “We will also do sports cars,” he said. “End of story.” 

The C-X75 was a groundbreaking supercar originally conceived to use jet turbines as generators for an electric propulsion system when Jaguar first unveiled the concept in 2010. Working prototypes were then produced that instead used a more conventional petrol-electric hybrid system. 

But by the end of 2012, the decision was taken to pull the plug on the whole project, meaning Callum’s highly praised exterior design never made it to production.

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23 September 2019

You mean there are still resources to develop new Jaguars?THERE IS NO REAL GLOBAL MARKET FOR THE JAGUAR BRAND.   Will the twits ever see the pennies drop?Let's have a new XD, a new XC Focus type, even an XB Fiesta car...  Lets do lots of things and watch each one flop as every single Jaguar branded car has done in the last 20 years.And before people argue the F-PACE and E-PACE global success.  Just check the European, Asian and American sales figures before you say anything.Down, down and down.  

23 September 2019

Since JLR started to resurrect the JLR brand 5-6 years ago global sales have grown. Yes, they had a period where sales where falling in China last year, but the overall trajectory is positive.

These things take time and thankfully JLR have a long-term plan and don't employ armchair experts like you to devise their strategy.

23 September 2019

I have no idea why you are quoting the European sales fugures to me - perhaps if you read my point properly, you would have noticed that I was referring to E-Pace and F-Pace - not the total Jaguar output in Europe.

It is a myth that Jaguars range of SUVs are selling well globally. They are not. While the F-Pace has a moderate success in the UK, it has not been blessed with similar success internationally nor has the E-Pace.

For F-Pace, for example, European sales in during early 2019 are down 24% on last year and 38% on 2017 on a market that is relatively stable for this type of car. While I appreciate that lifecycle will have some impact on sales, these figures are disappointing, and it is unlikely that the facelifted model later this year will impact on the downturn in any significant way. If you take late 2018’s figures, they are down 29% on 2017’s sales and 37% on 2016s.

It’s a similar story in USA, with F-Pace sales down 23% on the previous year.

E-Pace sales are slower than F-Pace in Europe and USA.I was talking about the 4x4s not the entire Jaguar portfolio.  And if you read The Sunday Times at the weekend, you would have read that things are getting even more serious in the last couple of months - sales figures for which have not been confirmed. 

23 September 2019

2018 - 84,311

2017 - 68,590

2016 - 67,134

2015 - 39,383

Try using facts rather than random conjecture in your posts Kamelo.

23 September 2019

+1, and 2019 looks quite good at the moment.

Amazing what you can disprove with stats.

23 September 2019

The problem is at present all their models are concentrated on too many variations on too few body types competing with each other!

Potential customers need a choice of different types of vehicles to choose from!

Priority should be given to a petrol / hybrid or all electric (xe height) hatchback sedan and 2 door hatchback coupe.

 

The current range (and models types in other car manufacturers ranges):

Body type: 4 door SUV = 12 planed or produced variations of the mid & large SUV theme! = 1 body type.

Body type: small/medium 2 door hatch back coup ( eg: BMW 2 series) =0…!

Body type: small/medium 4 door hatch back ( eg: BMW 2 series) =0…!

Body type: 4 door sedan (XE, XF & XJ) = 1 body type.

Body type: 4 door 4 seat hatch back (eg: BMW 4 series grand coup) = 0…!

Body type: 2 door 4 seat hatch back (eg: BMW 4 series coup) = 0…!

Body type: 2 door 4 seat convertible = 0…!

Body type: 2 seat coup (F type) = 1 body type.

Body type: 2 +2 coup = 0…!

Body type: 2 seat convertible (F type) = 1 body type.

Body type: 2 seat mid-engine super car hard top = 0…!

Body type: 2 seat mid-engine super car convertible = 0…!

23 September 2019

The problem is at present all their models are concentrated on too many variations on too few body types competing with each other!

Potential customers need a choice of different types of vehicles to choose from!

Priority should be given to a petrol / hybrid or all electric (xe height) hatchback sedan and 2 door hatchback coupe.

 

The current range (and models types in other car manufacturers ranges):

Body type: 4 door SUV = 12 planed or produced variations of the mid & large SUV theme! = 1 body type.

Body type: small/medium 2 door hatch back coup ( eg: BMW 2 series) =0…!

Body type: small/medium 4 door hatch back ( eg: BMW 2 series) =0…!

Body type: 4 door sedan (XE, XF & XJ) = 1 body type.

Body type: 4 door 4 seat hatch back (eg: BMW 4 series grand coup) = 0…!

Body type: 2 door 4 seat hatch back (eg: BMW 4 series coup) = 0…!

Body type: 2 door 4 seat convertible = 0…!

Body type: 2 seat coup (F type) = 1 body type.

Body type: 2 +2 coup = 0…!

Body type: 2 seat convertible (F type) = 1 body type.

Body type: 2 seat mid-engine super car hard top = 0…!

Body type: 2 seat mid-engine super car convertible = 0…!

23 September 2019

There you are, the first two posts and nothing positive said, aren’t you proud of your Country?

23 September 2019

As soon as a JLR product/story is mentioned, you get the typical bashers who slag the marque off left right and center

GZ

23 September 2019

Should do a new XK 2+2...F-Type a mistake not to offer 2+2.

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