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Next-gen F-Type to spawn XK successor in 2021?

by Justin King

The new F-Type is said to be based on a flexible platform architecture, supporting a 2+2 layout.

Jaguar is reportedly moving forward with development of the XK's successor.

The 2+2 was put to rest in 2014, but its platform was extensively reworked and shortened to build the current F-Type two-seater. The company reportedly penned next-generation XK before it was retired, but the plan was scrapped.

Now, the company has revived the project and started from scratch with a new concept based on the next-generation F-Type that will likely arrive in 2019, according to Autocar.

"The F-Type has been a huge success," JLR product planning boss Hanno Kirner told 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."

The executive shed light on potential powertrains, arguing that sports car buyers are still in love with the sound of an engine -- a "defining part of a sports car" -- and unlikely to immediately embrace an all-electric Jaguar performance 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," he added. "At Jaguar, all I can say for now is that we will continue to invest in sports cars."

The XK's successor is not expected to arrive until 2021 or later.