Is The Jaguar XK Dead?

The latest news out of Britain is that the Jaguar XK is no more. Blame it on a hot young thing called the Jaguar F-Type.

Autocar reports that the XK, last redesigned in 2006, will end production later this year. While never a big seller, sales of the XK were down to about 1,300 cars last year in the U.S., about a third of what they were when the new car was launched in 2007.

As a relatively small company, Jaguar has more important new cars to launch. There was the F-Type and all of its derivatives. And they've made the announcement about the 3-series rivaling XE sedan, due next year.

There's a chance the XK will return as a larger GT car, according to Autocar. I'd imagine it would be something along the lines of a four-seat convertible like the BMW 6-Series. For now, though, Jaguar has a sports car image to maintain with its really gorgeous new coupe and convertible.

And this also gives Jaguar some time to figure out how it'll interpret some kind of modern XJS. Because that's what a dozen people want, right?

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