Illustrated: 2012 Jaguar XJC (XJ Coupe)
Our illustrators shows what a Jaguar XJ-based coupe could resemble.
Jaguar has officially taken the wraps off its all-new XJ sedan, but the British automaker is reportedly considering another XJ-variant.
Jaguar design head Ian Callum hinted at the possibility of an XJ Coupe at the unveiling of the XJ sedan, so we decided to employ our best artists to see what a two-door version of the big cat might look like.
Up front the XJ Coupe - rumored to be called the XJC in production form - largely mirrors the styling from its four-door counterpart, but does feature a slightly more aggressive front fascia. The XJ's lines flow nicely into its two-door silhouette, with wide fender flares giving a hint of Bentley design.
The coupe's flowing lines meld nicely at the rear of the car, with the absence of blacked out pillars giving the XJC a more concise look. Vertical exhaust outlets further differentiate the XJC from the standard XJ.
Powering the XJC, should it make it to production, will likely be a combination of the three engines in the XJ sedan, which currently starts with a 385 horsepower 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8, followed by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 good for 470 hp and the top-of-the-range supercharged 5.0-liter that is good for 510 hp. All engines features a 6-speed automatic in the sedan, but there is a possibility that a manual may make an appearance in the more sport-oriented convertible XJ.
Jaguar has yet to indicate when the XJC will make production, but look for the coupe variant to carry a premium over the XJ sedan that starts just under $75,000. As for when this coupe would arrive, leaked Jaguar product plans suggested 2017 as a possible arrival date.