The C-X75 was the last central engine of the brand.
rumors in the world of motor are constant, especially those related to new models or new versions, but when they have their origin in the own executives from firms, they happen to be, on many occasions, authentic leaks or breakthroughs. Although many others can be taken out of context.
In this case, coming from someone of the stature and experience of Ian Callum, responsible for design of Jaguar Land Rover, and points to the possible arrival of a new sporty mid-engine with the emblem of the mark of the cat.
Jaguar had two big developments in Los Angeles, on the one hand the i-PACE concept, the prototype advancement of the new electric Jaguar, and on the other the XKSS; the first issue of the short series of the classic that was presented at the Petersen Museum. Taking advantage of his stay in Los Angeles, Ian Callum had a few words with journalists present there, and their statements do not have waste.
The spectacular and underappreciated XJ220.
Asked by the curious design “cab-forward” of the i-PACE concept, Callum surprisingly responded not only that I had spent years wanting to recreate that structure, ideal for the i-PACE, whose batteries under the passenger compartment to offer a architecture vertical, very high, hence, it is decided by an SUV for your first electric.
“so the next F-Type does not necessarily have a long hood and a trunk short,”. Ian Callum.
After discussing at length about the style of Jaguar and his work in the british company, the conversation drifted towards the style and design of the sport, and using as an example the current F-Type, Callum stated that the initial concept of design was central engine, although then transformed into the F-Type that we all know, adding that they are currently debating in the company if your successor will have the engine in the front or central, and that still has not decided anything.
¿The Jaguar F-Type will become a model more radical?
According to Callum, Jaguar is a brand of sports and therefore, makes sense to them a model of these characteristics, even “breaking the mold”.
The words of Callum demonstrate that, as a minimum, the brand deck such a possibility. If it will get done or not, is another thing, as well as that model could benefit from this architecture sports. The possibilities pointing from to the successor to the current F-Type, as well as of a new sports model, perhaps above the F-Type, maybe in the gap left by the XK.
What is certain is that Jaguar has already manufactured some model of the central engine in the past. In addition to racing models and the unborn XJ13, the iconic Jaguar XJ-220 was that provision motive and the initial project of the XJ-S was attended with an alternative central engine, reason for which the model had the particular buttresses in the rear.
the design of The XJ-S original featured with buttresses in the rear because there was the possibility of having the engine back.
In recent times also featured the project C-X75, a hybrid sports that did not reach production, despite forming part of a protagonist in a James Bond movie, but that has served as inspiration for the other models of the brand.