2008 Jaguar XF

For Jaguar sedan design, time stopped in the 1960s. Today’s X-type and XJ sedans both follow in the tire tracks of the first XJ, which debuted in 1968, while the S-type apes the even older, early-’60s Jaguar Mark II. Design chief Ian Callum is determined to drive Jaguar styling out of its cul-de-sac, and the Concept XF is the first indication of where he plans to go.

Interiors will use wood as both a structural and a decorative element. Jaguar cabins will be styled so as to emphasize their width, and technology will be discreet. The RD-6 andR-coupe concepts–as well as the new XK–follow this philosophy, but the C-XF is the first Jaguar sedan to do so.

Jaguar has announced that the S-type will be replaced in spring 2008 with a car called the XF, so the C-XF clearly points the way toward that production model. How close is the C-XF to the XF? “It’s that styling direction, but it’s not that car,” says Callum, adding that “it’s a less radical version of that shape.” He characterizes the concept’s design as “twenty percent exaggerated”–particularly in its low roofline, its wide track, and its pumped-up details.

The C-XF’s 114-inch wheelbase is virtually identical to the current S-type’s, and the concept is an inch longer overall. But the C-XF is significantly taller than an S-type and wider than an XJ. A supercharged, 420-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 mates to a six-speed manu-matic in the C-XF, but the production XF surely will be offered with a V-6 and Jag’s normally aspirated V-8 as well. We’ll find out how closely the production XF mirrors the C-XF concept this fall, when the XF will be unveiled, perhaps at the Frankfurt auto show.

“The XF Jaguar really does have it all ” a sensational exterior and dramatic interior combined with a drive that will delight and pamper in equal measure. On top of that, it stacks up as a sensible buying and owning proposition, too.”Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars, said: “All of us at Jaguar are delighted that we’ve taken the top spot at these awards, and that What Car? has named the new XF Car of the Year. It’s especially gratifying as What Car? has such a great reputation for representing the British consumer.

Jaguar is creating a new generation of cars that started with the XK, and now continues with the all-new Jaguar XF” a four door, five passenger car that has the heart of a sports car and the looks of a grand tourer. Like the Jaguar XK, Jaguar XF is visually striking and thrilling to drive. “We’re very pleased with the reaction the car has received, and our customer order bank is growing fast. We’re grateful to What Car? for this wonderful award.”

Jaguar “XF” has already received a host of significant awards including ‘Car of the Year’ from The Sun newspaper, ‘Limo of the Year’ from Top Gear magazine, ‘Interior of the Year’ from CAR magazine and the ‘Design Award’ from Autocar magazine. Priced from £33,900 for the 2.7-litre diesel, the XF comes as standard with a generous specification featuring a host of innovative, industry-leading equipment. Highlights include the all-new JaguarDrive Selector™, JaguarSense™, a smart technical solution introducing touch or proximity-sensing control for overhead console lights and glovebox release and the optional top-of-the-range 440 watt Bowers & Wilkins speaker system delivering a powerful and vivid performance.

Scribbled on June 18th 2008 in Jaguar
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