Ian Callum wants Jaguar to develop a new model to sit alongside next-generation F-Type, and confirms design work has begun

Jaguar 2+2 GT is back on the cards, and would sit alongside the brand’s next-generation F-Type if it makes production. 

Jaguar design director Ian Callum told Autocar at Pebble Beach: “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 – that’s what we do.” 

Discussing the idea further at the Frankfurt motor show last month, Callum said he believed Jaguar could add an XK-like model to its range and would “like to get back to both”. To that end, Callum has some “quite different ideas... as to how to carry four people quickly around the world” with their luggage, suggesting if the XK were reborn, it would be as a true four-seat sporting grand tourer. The XK was discontinued in 2014 due to flagging sales. “The XK being dropped was much to my frustration,” said Callum. 

If a new 2+2 gets the go-ahead, it would be built alongside the next-generation F-Type at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant. The car would use an updated version of the F-Type platform (which itself is a modified version of the original XK platform) and adopt Jaguar’s Ingenium engines. These would include the entry-level four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit with 296bhp and the upcoming straight-six powertrains in various states of tune. The latter engines would replace the Ford-sourced V6s, as found in the current F-Type. 

The model, which would not be introduced until at least 2021, would get hot iterations including an R and the range- topping SVR. The F-Type SVR uses a 5.0-litre V8 with 572bhp that hits 0-62mph in 3.7sec, although the extra weight of a four-seater would increase this time slightly. 

Development of the second- generation F-Type, expected in 2019, is also under way, confirmed Callum. 

He described the sports car market as “a fickle one” and said: “On the whole, market share is dropping all the time. That’s why we keep to the high end with our sports cars.” 

When asked whether Jaguar would consider a partnership to make its sports cars more viable, in a similar way to BMW and Toyota with its respective Z4 and Supra models, Callum said: “I had a few ideas about partnerships but they didn’t happen. Partnerships are the answer, I think. But we will be doing our own thing with the F-Type.” 

Callum added that the F-Type is fundamental to Jaguar. “It’s the heart of the brand. I regularly have the conversation about how Jag needs a sports car. I mean, if it wasn’t making money – and it does, by the way – it’s what it’s doing for the brand that matters. It’s aspirational.” While Callum’s hopes for an XK replacement continue, Jaguar did in fact design a next-generation XK that would be on sale now – had the success of the F-Type in the eyes of the marketing department not killed it. 

Callum confirmed that having both an F-Type and an XK in the Jaguar range was “always the plan”. He added: “The F-Type was never meant to kill the XK.” 

However, with design work on the XK complete, and the F-Type launched in 2013, Callum said marketers at Jaguar believed the XK was no longer needed. The F-Type, they thought, filled the role of a sporting, performance Jaguar in the range and engineering work on the XK never commenced.

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18 October 2017

Don't do it Jaguar. Whilst a GT would be nice it will really struggle to make money if it's anything like the old XK. Jaguar should focus on building a genuine rival to the Audi R8. That would be a much better halo car than another GT

18 October 2017
TStag wrote:

Don't do it Jaguar. Whilst a GT would be nice it will really struggle to make money if it's anything like the old XK. Jaguar should focus on building a genuine rival to the Audi R8. That would be a much better halo car than another GT

Lotus and a few specialists aside, British car makers have never really taken to the mid-engined layout. I'd love Jaguar to have another go and see if they could do as well as Audi with their R8. Noble and the aforementioned Lotus do a fine job so it's clear we have the ability.

18 October 2017

Jaguar needs two sports cars. They need a replacement for the F-Type eventually, but they also need an entry level sports car to take on the Boxster/Cayman. To continue growing, Jaguar needs to start attracting younger buyers that would typically go for Porsche Boxster/Cayman, BMW Z4 or the Mercedes SLC. Putting a 2.0 Ingenium engine into a Jaguar F-Type isn't enough!

18 October 2017
SmokingCoal wrote:

Jaguar needs two sports cars. They need a replacement for the F-Type eventually, but they also need an entry level sports car to take on the Boxster/Cayman. To continue growing, Jaguar needs to start attracting younger buyers that would typically go for Porsche Boxster/Cayman, BMW Z4 or the Mercedes SLC. Putting a 2.0 Ingenium engine into a Jaguar F-Type isn't enough!

Agreed.  Pitching the F-Type mid way between the Boxster/Cayman and 911 in order to compete with both made it too large (and, in particular, wide) to compete directly with the former.

18 October 2017

But first of all take the weight of that mediocre platform....If you can't, then let's have a sports shooting brake ....a' la E-Type 2+2...with sensational (a given ?) Callum-inspired styling and (for a pleasant change) some expensive detailing.  There is a precedent here.  Then you can move away from those pesky people at Zuffenhausen who boss this area beyond JLR's (current) capabilities and market-focus. Do NOT compete with 911. Or R8. Or AM.  You can compete with the slightly more adipose AMG with better styling (not that difficult) and increasingly confident tech....and still maintain your 'halo' car.

BertoniBertone

18 October 2017

Any reason it has to look like a badge-swapped Maserati?

18 October 2017

Come on, man! You've been around long enough to know not to comment on ridiculous Autocar drawings of cars with big wheels.

18 October 2017

The F type is based on a cut down XK platform. So lengthen it and you have a new XK - in other words, back where you started!

Something more modern would be better.

18 October 2017

f type should be made a bit cheaper £40k upwards and a 4 seater gt £70k upwards ,but sales of thes ethings is very minial nowadays.Porche make only about 50000 Boxster ,cayman and 911 in total each year ,dwarfed by suv

18 October 2017

The gap between the F type and the previous XK was so small anyway, it wasn't obvious that Jaguar needed both

Maybe, rather than an XK, they need something more like the 1970s XJC, an elegant but not over sporting saloon based coupe?

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