Next-generation Jaguar XK will go upscale

Article by Christian A., on January 2, 2013

The next-generation Jaguar XK is likely to be bigger after the F-type is presented. According to design director Ian Callum, Jaguar has been considering many ideas on how the XK should change. There’s still no final decision. However, Callum thinks that there’s a chance for the car to be “a bit more special than a GT” by growing in size and by entering the luxury market. Jaguar can’t confirm yet if it will turn to a two-plus-more-than-two or if it will stay as a two-plus-two.

With the launch of the F-type, the XK no longer has to function as an absolute sports coupé and luxury GT. Since the F-type will be Jaguar’s dedicated sports car, the XK can concentrate on its luxury GT credentials. It’s not probable that there will be a change in strategy for the XK but the XJ is expected to stay as a conventional saloon in its next generation, even with the weakening market for luxury four-doors.

Large luxury SUVs are now selling much better than luxury saloons. However, Callum thinks that the low luxury saloon sales are the result of the weakening global economy instead of a shift in market trends.

But he thinks that the market will be making a return. He explained that the company is “strong” in China while big cars will always stay in-demand in the U.S. Callum has yet to confirm if there will be a large Jaguar crossover to be positioned beside the XJ in its lineup. But he said that Jaguar has noticed the increasing popularity of crossovers and SUVs.

The latest generation of the Jaguar XK sporting flagship continues the carmaker’s long-running tradition of creating elegantly powerful sports cars laden with practical yet intuitive technologies. It improves on the overall appearance, performance and safety of the previous model as it tries further to make the driver the center of its total dynamics. Now, the latest generation of the XK lives up to the reputation set by its predecessor and strives to enhance them further.

In developing the latest version of the XK, Jaguar actually started with a blank canvas. The design and concept of the new XK had been a product of using the latest in aerospace technologies and employing more traditional Jaguar skills. The result is a premium, powerful and high-tech sports car, as underpinned by the British carmaker’s new aluminum monocoque body structure that also underpins the latest XJ saloons.

Jaguar’s new aluminum monocoque body structure allowed the bodyshell of the new XK to be 31 percent stiffer than its predecessor. Since this monocoque is lighter, the power-to-weight ratio of the new XK has improved by ratio. Thanks to this new construction, the new XK is up to 90 percent stiffer and is also 180 kg lighter – with a kerb weight of just 1,595 kg -- than its major competitors.

It takes only a simple glance to know that the new Jaguar XK is way ahead of its predecessor and its rival. Its sports an elegantly dynamic appearance that inherits the styling first seen on the Advanced Lightweight Coupe concept that made its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

The body of the new Jaguar XK is defined by clean surfaces and elegant lines – thereby helping shape the car’s sporting nature.

Jaguar design director Ian Callum remarked that the fundamental values of Jaguar design have remained the same ever since the first Jaguar was created. These values became the starting point for the design team for the XK and they took off to create a car laden with exquisite proportions, clean lines and a purposeful stance. Callum added that the new XK – which he described as beautiful, visually fast and modern – was influenced by Jaguar’s heritage.

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