• Jan 3rd 2007 at 1:45AM
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Embargo breaking notwithstanding, there is still lots of information to share on the C-XF Concept that Jaguar will officially debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. The design finally breaks Jaguar away from the ball and chain of its own traditions with a decidedly un-retro shape that still manages to exude a feline quality. This cat is more like a lion, however, thanks to a 4.2-liter supercharged V8 producing 420 hp and 368 ft-lbs. of torque driving the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The C-XF also showcases some new technology, including something called JaguarSense that allows certain functions in the cockpit to be activated with a gesture of the hand instead of the push of a button. The interior also employs advanced lighting that bathes the cabin in an electric blue when the vehicle is started. Now, Jaguar's design director Ian Callum and his team want us to know that we are not staring at the next S-Type sedan, though the C-XF does display the brand's new design direction going forward.

As we said, there's lots more material on the CX-F, so check out Jaguar's press release after the jump and a full high-resolution gallery of 34 pics here. They're all 1,280 pixels wide, so feel free to make one your next desktop wallpaper.

[Source: Jaguar]



All-New Jaguar Concept Car Reveals Dramatic New Design Direction for Future Sport Sedans

IRVINE, Calif. January 3, 2007 – The all-new Jaguar C-XF concept car, a stunning four-door sedan that blends dynamic, modern features with classic, heritage cues, will make its debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. This concept, which boasts a 4.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, signifies a new era for the company and is a clear indication of the design direction for the company's next-generation of sport sedans.

Headed by Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum and Head of Advanced Design Julian Thomson, the concept was designed by the same team that produced the award-winning 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible. The team looked to create a vehicle that presents a confident statement of design purity. In doing so, the C-XF possesses a sense of latent power through a look that is dynamic and athletic.

"The Jaguar C-XF concept is the most dynamic and modern four-door car that Jaguar has ever created, a design showcase heralding the next generations of our sports saloon models," says Ian Callum. "It signals a future for Jaguar that is as exciting as the C-XF itself."

The concept sedan features single, slim-wedged headlamps which have evolved from the twin-lamp motif seen on past Jaguars. The lights are thin and angular, producing an aggressive look for the car's front profile. Running from the headlamps to the rear wheel haunch is an unbroken, main feature line that gives the car a sense of power and movement. Furthering the vehicles aggressive appearance are the muscular bonnet, side power vents, tapered tail and deeply recessed front grille.

The vehicle's modern, sports design philosophy is applied to the cabin as well, with the emphasis tailored toward performance as opposed to luxury. Inside are lightweight, sculpted bucket-style front seats and twin individual rear bucket seats. Running in between the seats is a tall, central transmission tunnel that gives the occupants a sense of sitting deep within a futuristic cockpit. In addition, a brushed aluminum fascia wraps around the cabin, producing a dynamic linear graphic that instills a sense of velocity. Design Director Ian Callum describes the cabin of the all-new C-XF concept car as "one of the most exciting interiors Jaguar has ever done."

Enhancing the cabin experience is the introduction of the vehicle's new technologies that blend simplicity of design with practical innovation. JaguarSense, a prototype technology which employs motion detecting sensors to activate certain vehicle features, reacts to the sweep of a hand, making it advance yet intuitive. Also, the C-XF has a jewel-like Power button that pulses like a heartbeat on the center console and once pushed, aluminum rings lower from the center console to reveal the gear shift knob. As the engine starts, a blue light sweeps around the cabin, the entire roofline illuminates with a muted blue light and a final blue light shines from the front grille, signifying the car's ignition.

The C-XF is not just another concept car – it is much more than that. Its dynamic styling and modern design offer a glimpse to the future for Jaguar. The exterior is pure and athletic, the interior striking and contemporary while the technology innovative and practical. The C-XF is the new direction of Jaguar design.

From its beginning as a manufacturer of motorcycle sidecars in 1922, Jaguar Cars has grown to become one of the world's premier manufacturers of luxury sedans and sports cars and with that, one of the most recognized commercial brands. The company's vision is simple: To produce beautiful fast cars that are desired the world over. The company operates two manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom and is fully engaged in environmental programs, community work and brand awareness exercises such as motorsports.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      I likes what I see. Major improvement, although the
      name XF doesn't go with this car at all since Jag has
      XJ and XK why not follo suit (i.e.) XA, XB XC, XD XE
      XKE, XL and so forth. XF just don't work. Try these
      letters Jaguar.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you want more news and photos about the Jaguar C-XF visit our site built around the C-XF.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Fine, but looks like a Lexus.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is absolutely the best Jaguar I have seen yet.
      They really hit the jackpot this time. Kudos !!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Most gorgeous car inside and out I've ever laid my eyes on. Now how much of it will make it to production as is?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone have details on the rear doors? They appear to open the opposite direction as the front but I haven't found any info on them. Price?
      • 8 Years Ago
      WOW, this car looks 100% amazing from the front. The back need some work and the exhaust pipes defenetely need to be changed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The front reminds me of a Buick supercar for some reason. And the side reminds me of a Dodge Intrepid. Still I think it looks decent, but too many bland american cues IMO. I LOVE the back. The interior, well, I don't think the wrap-around lights will make it in the production version. Although a cool idea. If it were more suttle (Audi style) around the cockpit it'd be hot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a current s type owner who has been patiently waiting for the updated model I am pretty tired of:"pie in the Sky" concept cars! perhaps Jag would actally retain customers if it spent more time on products consumers could actually buy!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just a few comments:

      This is one of the best attempts, so far, at that idiotic concept....the 4 door coupe. From the rear, this looks, in some ways, like a modern XKE coupe (the "hatchback" model). The front? Sorry, I realize (even if a few others here don't) that creating a new design direction can be EXTREMELY tough on a car maker that as steeped in tradition as Jaguar is. From the front this concept car could be mistaken for a whole herd of different cars. Seat, for example, or with a stretch...an Aston, and with a HUGE stretch, even a Hyundai (it's that rectangular grille opening...look at the last model of Elantra).

      The instrument panel......is unique. As has already been noted, the "backwards" tachometer (with it's irregularly spaced gradients) would be passable in a car with an automatic transmission. But it sure looks? Silly?

      Finally, the power output. Yeah, 420 horsepower from a SUPERCHARGED 4.2 liter engine sounds kind of lame. If someone like Honda can "squeeze" 200 horses (or more...S2000) from a 2 liter engine, WITHOUT a super/ turbocharger...why can't Jaguar get twice that from an engine twice as large?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I doubt the reversed indiglo gauges, or the interior light strip are more than concept car tricks, as is most of the interior, other than the overall clean-dash and techical theme.

      The exterior silver paint is also very technical looking. A nice blue or green would warm that car up nicely from silver. Almost all silver cars have little or no "warmth."

      As for the complaints about the front end being derivative....
      Name one car that has absolutely NO cues, intended, or coincidental, from something else... and it will probably be either ugly, or at least very polarizing.

      At least the C-XF isn't bland. There was a time where a grille was just a protective cover for the radiator, and most of them looked very much alike. Complaining about a jag with a somewhat rectangular grille, like some other cars have. is like complaining that BMWs look like Pontiacs. No one thinks that, either.

      The side is very muscular and taut, like a cat, and looks great, and thankfully not slab-sided, especially with the short front and rear overhangs, and the nice rocker panel treatment. The CLS, by comparison, is a clumsy and pudgy design with an arching beltline, and a completely weak posterior treatment. Doesn't hold a candle to this design.

      The back of the C-XF looks good. Not ground-breaking, but nicely done. although I agree that non-built in exhaust tips of a slightly more conventional design would perhaps be in order...

      The production XF is going to have a higher roof, a three-seat rear bench, and will probably be more traditional inside, and perhaps slightly toned down outside. It won't be a 4-door 4-seat coupe, which is itself an oxymoron. Why do you think the Jaguar designer and press agents are making such a point that this "is not the replacement for the S-type. it is only a design theme." They want to leave the door open for when they tone it down, and make it practical for production, and make it more of a 5-seat sedan.

      I am not sure what to call sport sedans with four doors, four seats and a fastback roofline, but 4-door coupe is a contradiction. it is a crossover of some type, but that term has been beaten to death by car-based SUVs, and 2+2 is commonly used with real coupes, which is defined by having only two doors.

      I don't care if it looks like a SEAT (which aren't available in the US anyway, and in Europe is in a whole different market segment), I don't think it looks like a Volvo, and Buick couldn't dream of selling a car this good looking (and their grille is going oval, anyway. This car's front treatment is most certainly not an Aston Martin stiff-upper-lip.

      It is hot, and it is a Jag, and I want one. Badly.

      And why don't I hear complaints about the twin turbocharged BMW 335i only making 300 horsepower from 3 liters. The M engines do better than that, too. But the press says there is more to the 335i than the horsepower figure suggests. Who complains about the Mustang GT's stock 300hp figure from 4.6 liters? The AJ-V8 does better with 4.2, even without the supercharger.

      The same may be true for the supercharged AJ-V8. There is more to the equation than just 100hp/liter, although that might be a goal to shoot for. I would not complain about more horsepower from the supercharged AJ-V8. But I also don't scoff at 400+ horsepower regardless.

      Besides, horsepower does not increase linearly with displacement or cylinder count. The more displacement an engine has, the harder it is to make 100hp per liter, and the more moving parts it has, the more frictional losses there are. So comparing it to a 2 liter entine, or even a 3 liter engine isn't quite the same.

      PLUS, this is a luxury car nameplate, too. Not exactly a top fuel dragster. It has to be civilized, smooth, and reliable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those whacky Brits. Why is the speedo reading ass-backwards (anti-clockwise)?

      Life long Jaguar fan here, I want to like this car. However, under closer examination, I'm not sure if those curves are sexy, muscular or just plain lumpy.

      Where is the warmth? So sterile, reminds me of a clean room at Intel Labs.
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