“Put it this way: I know what a wagon would look like, I know what a coupe would look like … and I know what a long-wheelbase would look like,” said Callum in an interview with Australian magazine CarAdvice.
The designer also acknowledged the thought of building a topless XE aimed at the BMW 4-Series Convertible and the Audi A5 Cabriolet has already crossed his mind. However, he warned that a solid business case must be built before any XE off-shoots are given the proverbial green light for production.
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Callum revealed Jaguar has ruled out following rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz into the world of four-door coupes. The decision applies to the XE, and it also means a British-built Mercedes-Benz CLS-fighting sedan is not in the pipeline.
For the time being, the only XE off-shoot that has been confirmed is a production variant of the C-X17 crossover that debuted as a thinly-veiled concept last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Jaguar’s yet-unnamed crossover will likely be presented to the public next March at the Geneva Motor Show.