Jaguar Plans F-Type’s Electrified Successor
Jaguar has plans for a successor to its F-Type sports car and the car will have an electrified powertrain.
According to Jaguar’s design chief Ian Callum, Jaguar has no plans for abandoning the segment. Callum said,”We will make another range of sports car in future. They(sports cars) aren’t going anywhere.”
The Jaguar F-Type two-seater, which is Jaguar’s first sports car since E-Type ended its production in 1975, made its debut in 2013 and allowed Jaguar to return to the segment that initially helped define the company and the brand.
Although, sales have been slow, something that shows with only around 45,000 units being sold around the globe since launch. Yet, Callum feels that an SUV won’t be able to replace the sports car culture. This is because sports cars convey a lot more by the design and the performance.
Jaguar has given the 2018 F-Type a freshening which includes a variant that’s lower priced due to being a four-cylinder engine.
The car used a modified platform that it inherited from the Jaguar XK, that debuted in 2005.
Callum hasn’t given any due timing for the F-Type’s replacement, however, Joe Eberhardt, JLR’s North America CEO has confirmed that the car is going to have an electrified powertrain.
He further added that every new car that is launched after 2020 is going to have some form of electrification whether it be mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full electric.