The new Jaguar XK will be joining the F-Type to expand Jaguar’s sportscar lineup.
After creating quite a stir in the SUV space with the E-Pace and I-Pace, Jaguar’s next big thing could be bringing back the iconic XK sportscar back in action. Going by the words of Hanno Kirner, head of product strategy at Jaguar, the XK will be joining the F-Type in Jaguar’s lineup very soon, in order to expand its sportcar portfolio.
This move of re-launching the Jaguar XK will surely help Jaguar increase its numbers, for the fact that the F-Type currently accounts for almost 40 per cent of Jaguar’s total global sales. In a recent interview to Autocar, Kirner said, “the F-Type has been a huge success. 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 for us.”
The XK was shown the exit doors back in 2014, even though the design team at Jaguar was already working on the XK’s replacement. However, the new XK replacement, which is expected to be launched not before 2021, will be an all new model with the design language being an evolutionary form of the current lineup. This means that this new sportscar is likely to be based on an all-new platform family from JLR. Considering the fact that the current F-Type is also due to be replaced in 2019, it might happen to be the first model to have that architecture. Although, the XK replacement will be 2+2 sportscar, unlike 2-seater F-Type.
Apart from the basic platform, the new XK replacement model might share the regular engines from Jaguar’s Ingenium family with the possibility of plug-in hybrid variants in near future.