Later this month, Jaguar will provide a preview of its new styling direction at the Paris Motor Show by displaying a sports-car concept that also celebrates its 75th anniversary. This XK coupe concept is a two-seater with sculpted, classically beautiful bodywork of the style that has typically been Jaguar's hallmark. This look is meant to celebrate Jaguar's reputation as a maker of sports cars. The show car gets its inspiration from the success of the Porsche 918 displayed at the Geneva show last March. But unlike the 918, Jaguar doesn’t have plans of taking its concept to production. Rather, the concept will go before the next phase of Jaguar's new models, which begins in 2012 with the new XK.
This signifies the beginning of another phase of Jaguar design. About five years ago, the Ian Callum-inspired reinvention of Jaguar's model range started with the current XK. It was followed by the XF and finally, there’s the current XJ.
The key design feature that’s expected to be revised in future models is the oval, E-type-inspired grille. In a previous interview with Autoweek, Callum said that Jaguar can’t stretch the oval grille to fit the face of bigger cars without dropping its elegant proportions. Jaguar will then be using a single grille design for its sedans and sports cars that is based on the oblong XF/XJ design. Jaguar is currently developing the shape for future models, with the Paris concept giving us a first look at the next-generation oblong grille on a sports car. Amazingly, this concept has a hybrid powertrain. It’s expected to be based around a V6 gasoline engine, which could possibly be turbocharged and is linked to an eight-speed automatic, which Jaguar seeks to use in future models.