Jaguar has been focusing heavily on crossovers and SUVs lately, but it hasn’t forgotten about sports cars.
Speaking to Autocar, the British automaker’s head of product strategy, Hanno Kirner, confirmed Jaguar is committed to the sports car segment. “The F-Type has been a huge said,” said Kirner. “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 to us.”
His comments suggest Jaguar is working on additional sports cars to complement the existing F-Type, which echoes comments made by Jaguar head of design Ian Callum. Last year, Callum shared that he wanted a 2+2 to join the F-Type in Jaguar’s lineup, confirming that the design team was working on something, although nothing had been approved yet.
It is believed that Callum was alluding to an XK replacement, and his team had reportedly completed a design concept before the model was axed. The new project, however, will be an all-new car that likely won’t come until 2021, at the earliest.
The current Jaguar F-Type rides on a heavily modified version of the XK’s discontinued platform and is scheduled to be replaced around 2019. It is believed the new F-Type will use a version of the architecture, but it will be flexible enough to adopt a 2+2 layout.
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