Ian Callum Wants Jaguar To Revive XK With 2+2 GT

Jaguar took the decision to pull the plug on the XK in 2014 due to poor sales, but it appears that the British marque is still interested in offering a new 2+2 GT.

Of course, nothing is official at this point, but the brand’s design chief, Ian Callum, suggested to Autocar that the XK might be reborn together with the successor of the current F-Type.

The publication speculates that a new XK won’t hit the market sooner than 2021, some two years after the second-gen F-Type arrives. However, if everything goes in the right direction, then the four-seater grand tourer should share the same platform with the next F-Type.

Under the hood, it’s believed to get a new entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline burner, in addition to Jaguar’s upcoming straight-six offered in various stages of tune that will replace the Ford-sourced V6. Moreover, ‘R’ and ‘SVR’ versions of the rumored XK are also in the cards.

Jaguar isn’t denying possible future partnerships when it comes to the development of upcoming vehicles, but if the XK gets revived, then it will be made internally, together with the next-gen F-Type.

“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”, said Callum. “The F-Type was never meant to kill the XK“, the designer said, adding that it was “always the plan” to offer both cars side by side.

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  • Vassilis

    Yes please! The facelift in particular was stunning!

  • fabri99

    A big GT is what Jaguar needs. The F-Type can’t fill the entire sports car range of the brand, a luxurious and fast coupe would be a great addition. Plus, large coupes are in Jaguar’s DNA and the XK looked fantastic (especially the Lightweight Advanced Concept, 2005).

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    Yeah Jag! Give us what we have missed a lot.
    XK was perfect car and (all due respect) F type is no direct replacement.
    i have been waiting revival news for XK some day and it comes true.

  • AstonMartin

    Overjoyed the XK will make a return, however, disappointed in the rumored plans for a 4 or 6 cylinder engine. It clearly deserves an 8 cylinder at minimum as a flagship GT. IF it matches the striking design of the F-Type, I’ll be thrilled.

  • nauticalone

    I’m also a fan of the XK and would definitely like to see its return. I own a 98 XK8 with 12k miles in excellent condition and love it! And the 4 liter V8 is glorious! My thoughts are the new one should not be less than a 6 cylinder.

  • Cupboi

    Sorry, but that ain’t gonna happen, especially considering how “well” the previous XK sold,

    • Six Thousand Times

      So we have Ian Callum vs. you. Hmmm, whom to believe…

      • Cupboi

        What you don’t seem to grasp is that designers have little to no power inside the companies. The people who really own the show are the bean-counters. If a car isn’t profitable, then there’s no point in spending crucial money on it. Maybe a big company like Mercedes can afford such frivolities, but Jag is a tiny little company. Don’t get me wrong, i’d like to see a new XK as much as you do, but i live in the real world, and this is how the real world works. If you want to live in La La Land, go ahead…

        • Six Thousand Times

          It’s still Callum saying yes and you, a true zilch, saying no. And your first sentence is not at all correct. Furthermore, I live in the real world of proper capitalisation.

          • Cupboi

            I give up. Can’t argue against such stupidity.¯_(ツ)_/¯

            Top of the morning, sperg.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Sounds like you’re an industry insider…and at such a young age, as well.

  • A GT IS ALWAYS WELCOME.
    MAYBE SALES WERE LOW BECAUSE THEY HADN’T DONE MUCH TO IT.

  • LWOAP

    If it does get revived, it needs a SVR version.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I really hope this happens. Make it with a credible back seat.

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