• May 30th 2007 at 2:29PM
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click above image for more pics of the Jaguar XKR with JaguarDrive

The spies at KGP Photography have been trying to capture Jaguar's new JaguarDrive transmission selector interface all week, and until today the best view they got was almost completely covered by an engineer's hand. Finally, however, the engineers in charge of keeping the XKR test mule under wraps slipped up. These shots show the production version of the JaguarDrive transmission selector that was first shown on the C-XF Concept and was though to be destined for just the productoin XF sedan. These spy shots seem to indicate that Jaguar is planning to introduce the new interface on other models, including the XKR.

Exactly how the shifter works isn't clear, but the flat face contains a round dial that we think will somehow raise into the palm of the driver's hand when the car is started. In fact, the dial may not so much rise up as the rings around it retreat so that surface remains flat. A turn of the dial, it would seem, selects the PRND of your choice. There are four buttons below the dial that presumably allow one to change the suspension and shift settings of the car. The two lowest buttons are difficult to make out, but of the two upper buttons, one is clearly marked DSC and the other displays a checkered flag that likely denotes a setting for track use.

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[Photos: KGP Photography]

Jaguar described the new transmission selector in its press release for the C-XF Concept. It states, "Sink into the C-XF driver's seat and a jewel-like Power button pulses on the centre console - its rhythm representing the 'heartbeat' of the car. Press the button and beneath your hand concentric aluminium rings spiral downwards to allow the new circular JaguarDrive Selector to nestle directly in your palm."

KGP is confident that we'll see the JaguarDrive in other models besides the upcoming XF sedan and the XKR, though it may be rolled out on the most premium models first. It's certainly a trick piece of tech that gives Jaguar something no other brand has, but does it offer any real value beyond its high-tech look and gotta-have-it factor? That's something we won't know until Jaguar officially debuts the feature in the near future.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Definitely a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. I can see using non-standard shift mechanisms if one's trying to save space on the center console for cup holders or something, but this thing takes up tons of room! So much for not having to look at the gear selector to put the car in drive. You'll have to stare at the center console to know whether you're in reverse, neutral or drive. Kinda lame Jag.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where's the cup holder?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm guessing that the button next to the DSC button is a control for the rising of the center/lowering of the rings. otherwise how do you shift modes once the car is in motion? or do the rings stay recessed (center raised) until you shut the car off?
        • 8 Years Ago
        Using the shit paddles on the steering wheel. F1 paddles.
      • 8 Years Ago
      With so many of the high performance cars switching to those paddle shifters, I've been wondering how they'd deal with "P" "R" and "N".

      If you ask me, this idea is way better than the silly thing I saw once in a Ferrari:

      • 8 Years Ago
      The shift are completed using the F1 Paddles on the steering wheel A stick shifter isn't needed
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think I saw this in "The Wrath of Khan".
        • 8 Years Ago
        Ah, a fellow Trek nerd.

        I salute thee!
        • 8 Years Ago
        From Hell's heart I shift at thee!
      • 8 Years Ago
      WOW! it's good to see something different. i hope it is easy to adopt.


      C money
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is there no tiptronic like mode for these Jags then?
        • 8 Years Ago
        @C money
        ^ The car uses paddle shifters.

        And whomever said it was posted before is wrong. What was posted is the concept photo, plus someones hand covering the production design. This is the actual production design unveiled.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don: That is exactly what I thought when I first saw it too, Its pretty crazy how close it looks, life imitating art I guess:
      • 8 Years Ago
      I assume this is like Land Rover's terrain response dial.
      There are probably paddle shifters for most of the transmission shifting. The only weird thing is neutral and reverse.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Since most cars are moving towards fly-by-wire tech (I believe the Jag S-type already uses it in their shifter) there is no "reassuring thunk" of gears being shifted. Any sound or feel is artificial to begin with. I think this goes a ways towards cleaning up the dash. Some current Astons have a series of buttons high on the dash to shift gears (plus paddles to use the manumatic mode), this is just a slicker version of that tech.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a bit disappointing, because I always loved the feel of a proper gear lever, be the car automatic or manual. I enjoy a reassuring thunk, and this controller seems to negate any chance of that. I understand the need for Jaguar to remake its image into a more modern brand, but there has to be a way, where Jaguar could keep some heritage. For me personally, I would have them scrap the J-gate, and add a BMW-style manumatic function, where a pull towards the driver yields and upshift, and vice versa for a downshift.

      If they feel the need to modernize, they should take the design from the C-XF, with the metal trim and interesting burnt wood, but add a traditional gear lever for production.
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