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Jaguar design boss Callum wants four-door F-Type

by Ronan Glon

Jaguar claims it invented the four-door coupe.

The high-end, four-door fastback segment is doing relatively well. Porsche's second-generation Panamera is currently leading the pack. Mercedes-AMG introduced the GT 4-Door in Geneva, and across the aisle BMW previewed the upcoming 8 Series Gran Coupe. Jaguar signaled it wants a piece of the action.

"The notion of four doors is interesting because the idea of a four-door coupe came out originally with Jaguars, and then Mercedes-Benz latched on to the CLS and created this genre of car, which really rightfully was Jaguar's. So that's our rightful place in some ways -- the four-door sports cars," Jaguar design boss Ian Callum told CarAdvice.

Callum didn't provide more details, though we think he was referring to the Mark II introduced in 1959. He also refused to comment on whether Jaguar would join the segment, but he strongly hinted an F-Type-inspired four-door sedan with a sloping roof line is a project he would like to work on.

"The four-door aspect makes a lot of sense. Not for every sports car, don't get me wrong, but the reason for two doors is for more structure out of the car. Now, with modern technology, that sort of stuff doesn't really matter anymore. We can engineer a car to have structure with four doors, or even pillar-less doors these days."