“We are going to do another range of sports cars eventually”, said Jaguar design chief Ian Callum.
The F-Type two-seater, Jaguar’s first sports vehicle since the E-Type ended production in 1975, debuted in 2013 and returned Jaguar to a segment that helped define the brand. Only about 45,000 have been sold worldwide since the start of sales. “Sports cars are not going to go away”, he said. Through August of this year Jaguar has sold 2,787 F-Types in the United States, which is only 41 more units during the same time period in 2016. “But there is something very emotional about a sports auto that conveys the ultimate in the sense of performance and design”. It will likely get a mild-hybrid setup, when it arrives in a few years. The F-Type uses a modified platform inherited from the XK, which debuted in 2005.
Joe Eberhardt, head of Jaguar Land Rover North America, commented that the F-Type’s successor will have some sort of electrified powertrain, as part of Jaguar’s plan to electrify every new model. Jaguar is already thinking about a new generation of sports auto that will take advantage of the recent hybrid systems to comply with emissions guidelines.