A new Jaguar XK could be back on the cards as a new report suggests Jaguar are planning to build a 2+2 XK off the back of the next generation F-Type.
When Jaguar launched the F-Type, it delivered a car much more in the mould of the original E-Type and seemed to signal the end of the Jaguar XK, at least in its existing form. Fast forward two years and the Jaguar XK ended production.
But although XK production ended, we did think it likely Jaguar would end up bringing the XK back as a more upmarket offering to move in to Aston Martin territory, something reinforced by Jaguar’s Ian Callum who said the F-Type would leave room for a new XK more special than just a GT car.
But as time has gone on, and Jaguar has focussed on its SUVs, the idea of a new XK has somewhat faded, and it seemed the final nail in its coffin was the declaration by Jaguar’s America boss Joe Eberhardt tow years ago that there was no place for a new XK in Jaguar’s lineup.
But it seems that may not be the final word on the XK’s fate, as Autocar, speaking to Jaguar’s Hanno Kirner, has come away from the conversation convinced Jaguar will revive the XK after all.
The argument is that the next generation F-Type, due in 2019, will come with a further development of its current chassis flexible enough to build a new 2+2 XK (in fact, the F-Type’s underpinnings are a modified version of the last XE’s platform) and add to Jaguar’s sports car heritage in the process.
It’s an enticing prospect, but one probably best taken with a pinch of salt for now.