• Aug 30, 2007

Click the styling buck for a gallery of other XF rejects


When the Jaguar C-XF concept appeared just before the Detroit Auto Show most observers breathed a big sigh of relief. After the disappointments of the X-Type and S-Type Jaguar fans were looking for signs of fresh life from Coventry. For a company that has been tied to styling tradition for so long, coming up with a new direction was definitely a challenge. Along the way to the XF, there were numerous proposals ranging from the warmed -ver S-Type pictured above to variations on what was ultimately approved. Check out the gallery to see what the XF was spared from being.

[Source: Autocar]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      They should have rejected the exposed door handles and bug-eyed headlights on the XF they settled on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that 3rd car from the end looks much like a Bently

      that would have been a much better Jaguar XF than the Lexusfied version they settled on

      at least if they would have kept the concept headlight shape it would have still looked good
      • 7 Years Ago
      This looks like a bad chinese mockup
      • 7 Years Ago
      Truthfully, non e of these cars say Jaguar. They all look like cheap knockoffs. The XF is a good looking car, but it doesn't stand out as a Jaguar, it will ultimately blend in with all the Japanese cars out there.

      This concept would have said everything. It would have still said Jag while bringing boldness, elegance, and performance all in one package.

      http://imgup-lb.automotive.com:8080/files/1015209.w639.jpg
        • 7 Years Ago
        Reno,

        The red car does look vintage middle range Jag to me, more so than the XF. However, I agree that Jeremy Clarkson (BBC: Top Gear) has every right to be pissed off
        that Jag did not stick to their word. If the concept came to production, people would be outside Jag dealers banging
        the glass to get in.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like concept we saw and the production version. These were just styling exercises, the exercises that brought the concept we know and the production version. I think this car was made for a darker color. Silver is nice but gets boring fast. I know, I had 2 silver cars! Let's see the production version in dark blue, black, and red.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats all I have said in the past - just round both headlights and you have a modern Jag. They can still do it with this new one coming out. Leave the base line straigth but round those headlights on the top for Traditional Jaguar look. Leave rest as is - it would be so modern and beautiful.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i cant believe it... with some many great designers out there that would give thier first born to design the car that saved jaguar... and this is all they could come up with... my God..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Normally, the concepts look way better than the final production version. This may be the reverse. Then again, is that a good thing? Man, crap concepts. Someone at Jaguar needs to learn how to draw a face. Then again, the Brits aren't the most handsome folks, so not much to go on, and no wonder the toothless, sucking grille looks the way it does, given the state of British dentistry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      they lied to clarkson, this car is not what was promised to him. i remember he was very skeptical because of past production cars not meeting the hype from the concepts, they told him, no jeremy it'll be the same car as you see here in the concept (its in one of the top gear mags with the xf concept on the cover)

      the production xf is an abomination.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nearly every single one of those rejected concepts looks way better and far more Jaguar-esque than the Ford Mondeo-lookalike that finally emerged.

      As a past Jaguar owner, it pains me to see how the production XF lacks every bit of grace and beauty that used to characterize the brand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      4 doors are not for me, but I really want to see Jag succeed with this, so I refuse to criticize their design...
      And it's certainly not as if Lexus or Infinti or Mercedes et al have designs sexier than this (they do not).
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