Jaguar XK To Return As Brand’s Sports Car Flagship Model

Despite the E-Pace and F-Pace SUVs dominating Jaguar’s sales worldwide, the British marque remains committed to sports cars.

A replacement of the current F-Type is now being discussed internally, and alongside the two-seater model, Jaguar might also revive the XK, and offer it as a 2+2 GT.

The information is not exactly new, as it was hinted by the brand’s design chief Ian Callum last year, but it appears to be backed up by the JLR head of product strategy, Hanno Kirner, Autocar reports.

“The F-Type has been a huge success. We love sports cars – and I use the plural quite deliberately”, he said. “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.”

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It’s been understood that before pulling the plug on the XK in 2014, Jaguar already had a concept to preview its successor. However, the one hinted by big names within the company is expected to be entirely new, and it should launch later than 2021, when the next-gen F-Type will already be 2 years old, allegedly.

Both sports cars are believed to share the same underpinnings, and while the XK will be a four-seater grand tourer, the F-Type will continue to be offered with seating for two. “I love the idea of a flexible architecture that can give us anything”, added Kirner.

Powering the second-gen Jaguar F-Type will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, with up to 300hp, apparently. The lineup will also include some straight-six units, and all of these are believed to pump fuel into the next XK, too.

Both sports cars should also get hot XVR versions as well, and there’s internal talk about electrification, but an official decision has yet to be taken. Still, Hanno Kirner said: “I absolutely believe that there will be electric sports cars one day, but I also believe there may be a different step of combining the battery and an engine. At Jaguar, all I can say for now is that we will continue to invest in sports cars.”

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  • fabri99

    This is exactly what Jaguar needs. Recently it seems like the essence of Jaguar has been diluted in favour of small, profitable cars. Bringing back big coupes and grand tourers to the range will definitely help brand’s perception and will make “Jaags” super cool again. Large and fast GTs are what Jaguar is meant to be doing and I’ll be more than happy if they go back to that (and perhaps with electric versions too).

  • So far it’s only been voiced, the company hasn’t confirmed if the XK will return indeed, but the appeal is there. Especially since XK120, Jaguar has continuously produced large 2 door coupe.

  • Six_Tymes

    Very interesting.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    About time.

  • Nordschleife

    In a world where coupes are truely on the back burner this is refreshing to see if it comes to fruition.

  • Thando_Gqabaza

    Look how beautiful that is …..and people buy SUVs

    • Astonman

      Try taking that to Costco to pick up supplies with your kids.

      • Holmer_k

        I had no problem with two kids in one. Even took 2k 5 mile vacations with the kids in the used on I bought. I will admit that mine was the previous version which is just a tiny bit larger, but with the older child in the front passenger seat, the younger child fit in the back just fine. In fact, she liked it. And the trunk could carry a literal ton of stuff.

        Actually, it even made a pretty good pickup when I helped a neighbor move. I put the top down, threw his mattress over the back and stacked the thing up Beverly Hillbilly’s style. Volume wise, I carried almost as much as the pickup. It looked ridiculous, was probably dangerous, but it worked like a charm.

        • Astonman

          It’s still not made for hauling. When I go to Home Depot or Costco – I leave the sports car or GT at home.

  • Felipe Politano

    If the XK is ever to happen, then a K-Pace crossover-coupe is coming right after – maybe based off the upcoming J-Pace? To be seen.

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