• Feb 18th 2010 at 5:32PM
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Drive a Jaguar XK and you'll agree, there's little wrong with the way it rides, handles, and goes. Looks are subjective and the competition keeps ratcheting up interior quality and equipment to levels that surpass what's sumptuously packed into Jaguar's rakish two-door. With that in mind, Jaguar is keeping what's great, namely the bonded-and-riveted structure, and changing what's looking old, according to Autocar.
The body will finally ditch its throwback fish-mouth and move to a grille predictably inspired by the XF, and there will be more sculpting and surface development in the metalwork, though final choices have yet to be made. The convertible version will keep its soft roof for weight and packaging reasons, mainly, and the interior will reportedly be the best-ever in a Jaguar.

The biggest news is Jaguar's addition of a diesel engine for its sports/GT model. Long since the bastion of trucks, torquey modern diesels are gaining popularity in sports cars from BMW, Audi, and now Jaguar. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 will be offered in the upcoming XK D, serving up 300 horsepower and exceptional fuel economy. Big, fat torque from a less-thirsty engine sounds like a good idea to us, and Jaguar is hoping that it boost XK volume back up to 10-12,000 units per year. The exhaust note might need a little work, however, to ever be better than the hoodlum-class V8 bark the XK currently trumpets so gloriously.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This sounds like a winning combo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully, it will be a little lighter than the current one.
      I like the idea of a powerful diesel engine in this wonderful GT. We rented a BMW 6 series diesel when we were on holiday last year, and is was just great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, a diesel in there would be sweet. Jaguar's AJV8 engines have always been great at producing torque straight off the floor, a diesel will be that much more aggressive. I can't wait to see how they tweak the diesel for the XK.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait. Audis used to be my favorite car, till the new XJ made the new A8 look staid. Jaguar #1
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, I like what I see! I really think the current XK is not nearly as sexy as the last gen. XK. Hopefully the next model will bring back some of the British appeal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A year or two before Ford aquired Jag I sat in a Vanden Plas at the Chicago Auto show and could'nt get that car out of my mind for weeks. I was in love. Only reason I never got one was because of all the electrical gremlins. This new styling trend does nothing for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't like the looks when I saw it in an autoshow in 2006, and i still don't think it's all that good looking. It's like a hyundai from the front (the XF has the same problem). They should've had Henrik Fisker design it instead of Ian Callum. Then it would've been more DB9 (drop dead gorgeous), instead of DB7 (highly overrated in the looks department - especiall the rear).

      The rendered speculation: looks pretty cool, but has too many creases; not sleek as a jaguar coupé should be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Secondly, the oval shape has proved to be less of a success overseas, where research shows it can be confused with other brands’ grilles."

      Gee, like the former Ford Taurus?

      BTW, 30MPG highway from 300HP is no big deal for Jaguar. Our gasoline engined XJ8 consistently gets 32-33MPG on the highway. i would expect the turbodiesel to get closer to 40MPG.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hate how the market restricts these car companies into basically creating a fleet of bland same-ness (Audi for example). I happen to like the XK's CD-slot grille, it's a beautiful looking sports car and that grille distinguished it from Jag's saloon/sedans.

        But judging by the pace Jaguar is working at these days, I have no doubt that the new XK will be a stunner. Color me excited.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with Yosh. I love the current grill but I have full faith in Ian Callum. The man could make an Aztek stunning.
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