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Jaguar XK Coupe Photo: Supplied
 
 
Alex Rae | May, 30 2018 | 0 Comments

Jaguar says it won’t forget sports cars in its ever-expanding SUV litter.

Beyond the upcoming J-Pace that will join its top-selling F-Pace, electric I-Pace and new E-Pace SUVs will be the addition of a 2+2 sports coupe alongside an updated F-Type line-up.

The leaping cat’s foray into SUVs has been highly successful with the F-Pace accounting for two-fifths of all Jaguar sales. F-Type sales have been slowing, except in the US and China, but honing-in on its brand’s heritage while still appeasing the crossover masses won’t be hard according to JLR’s head of product strategy Hanno Kirner.

“The F-Type has been a huge success,” Kirner told British outlet Autocar.

“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.”

While remaining coy, Kirner is referring to next year’s replacement for the F-Type that will be built on a new version of the platform that underpins the current model – and itself is based on a modified version of the architecture that the discontinued 2014 XK coupe was built on.

Head of design for the brand, Ian Callum, planted the seed for the idea of a reborn XK last year when he said work was already underway.

“I want a two-seater [the F-Type] and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design,” he said.

Callum’s team had in fact prepared a concept for the last-generation XK’s replacement that was shelved, forcing the development of a new design which is unlikely to launch until at least 2021.

Drivetrains will be based on the Ingenium range of four and six-cylinder engines, replacing the Ford-sourced V6, while performance SVR versions will likely continue to receive JLR Special Vehicle Operation’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 powerplant.

But electrification is also on the verge that could see both hybrid drivetrains in all future sports cars. However, Kirner doesn’t want to see the end of loud petrol motors.

“There is an argument that says hybrid sports cars might cater for both the environment and the excitement such cars deliver,” said Kirner.

“A lot of people like the sound of an engine. That’s a fact, and it is a defining part of a sports car. 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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