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Look Out, Mercedes-Benz CL-Class: Jaguar XK Going Upmarket

F-Type makes some room for a bigger XK coupe.

Now that Jaguar has the F-Type to hold down their sports car credentials, there's room for them to start playing around with where their other sporty two-door fits into the lineup. And if the F-Type is covering the small, cheap less-expensive not-outrageously-expensive end of the sports car spectrum, the most obvious place for the XK to go is up.

Now, Jaguar design boss Ian Callum says the car maker hasn't decided just quite how big the XK will become, but made clear that there was plenty of discussion going on at Jaguar HQ. “It could...grow in size,” he said. “Whether it stays the same as a two-plus-two or becomes a two-plus-more-than-two has not been committed to yet.” The opportunity exists, he put it, to "allow the car to become a bit more special" than it currently is. (We're guessing that in this context, "special" means "expensive.")

Any increase in size would likely bring the XK directly into competition with the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class and likely Porsche Panamera coupe, and a little less directly with the BMW 6 Series and the Audi A7. Higher level models might even brush up against the Bentley Continental GT V8, setting the stage for a serious Brit-off in the gran turismo class. It's a fight we wouldn't mind seeing. [via Autocar] Jaguar-XKR-S_2012_replaced replacement future successor

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