Jaguar XK models will be discontinued with the 2015 model year

Article by Christian A., on June 20, 2014

Due to the fact that the F-Type Convertible became quite popular and since November the coupe version arrived, Jaguar decided to discontinue the XK Coupe and XK Convertible models. In addition, Jaguar decided to focus its development budget on a new family of compacts that will use a new flexible aluminum architecture.

The XK models have been produced since 1996 and the current model went on sale in 2006. Currently, the XK Coupe is priced at $85,425 while the F-Type Coupe costs $65,925.

Still, one thing is for sure: the F-Type is not a replacement for the XK, as the XK is larger and offer more interior space for up to four persons. Jaguar is planning to offer the last XK models in the United States as high-performance R models.

The XKR Coupe will cost $108,425, while the XKR Convertible is priced from $114,425. The Jaguar F-Type is offered with a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 340 hp, while the F-Type S carries the same engine with 380 hp.

Meanwhile, the F-Type V8 S is powered by the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that generates 495 hp. The most powerful model is the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, which comes with the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that develops 550 hp.

The Jaguar XK was the first car designed in entirety under the lead of Design Director Ian Callum. Just like any Jaguar, the new XK is both purposeful and spectacular, and its latest iteration is blessed with an array of tweaks to further boost its modern and confident nature.

For instance, the headlights now employ the latest in lighting technology, allowing them to have a slimmer design while incorporating LED signal functions and daytime running lights. These new headlamps, along with the larger grille and new bumper design, lend the new XK a new face.

However, it still remains recognizable as a Jaguar. Of course, each model in the XK range is provided with certain styling marks to distinguish them from each other. For instance, the XK comes with chrome mesh grilles while the XKR features a matt black detailing on the mesh. The flagship XKR-S, meanwhile, comes with a distinct front bumper.

Jaguar designers tweaked the design of the power vent along the front wing from vertical to horizontal with a mesh insert. This power vent – marked by the Jaguar name – helps indicate the XK’s true potential as made possible partly by its design. On the rear end, designers tweaked the boot lid with a slimmer chrome finisher, thereby allowing the XK to feature the famous Jaguar 'leaper.'

The tweaked design of the new Jaguar XK is complemented by 17 exterior colors, five of which are new. It is also complemented by a range of alloy wheels in 11 different designs and in three sizes (18, 19 and 20 inches). In addition, Jaguar is offering the so-called ‘Black Pack” that is optional on the naturally aspirated XK models and on the Jaguar XKR. Including 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels, this pack replaces the exterior chrome of the XK with a matt black finish. When specified on the Jaguar XKR, the black pack features body colored aerodynamic improvement as well as optional side graphics.

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