When we think of British automobiles, they tend to land in one of two extremes: big luxury vehicles from Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Range Rover on the one hand, and Mini on the other. Both extremes are quintessentially British, but if any company can bridge that divide, it's Jaguar.

The Coventry marque makes vehicles of various sizes, and if its design chief has his way, it could branch southwards into the city car segment. Speaking with Britain's What Car? magazine, Ian Callum expressed his viewpoint that a properly high-end small hatchback, coupe or sedan could anchor the shallow end of the company's lineup, though he did qualify that his was a "personal view."

In that respect, any such car would be following in the footsteps of former sister-company and longtime rival Aston Martin – whose DB7, Vanquish and Vantage were also designed by Callum – which recently teamed up with Toyota to offer the Cygnet city car. As long as Callum doesn't envision a Tata Nano with a Leaping Cat on the hood, we'll wait and see how this turns out.


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      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why don't they produce that awesome bertone concept car from this past year. It was unbelieveably sohisticated and sporty but not following the 4-door coupe look popular now. That is a winner. I think it was shown first in paris this year or last. OR Are they thinking of doing a cygnet type/size city car, or fiat 500 size or bigger? I wonder.
      Skye Barcus
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would LOVE to see what a talented design chief like Ian Callum would do with a small car. Bring it on!
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm.. would be very interesting to say the least if it did happen. The recent design offerings coming out of Jag have been great imo so I'm game show us what you can do guys. Plus it will help fluff their numbers if priced right I'm sure.
      bonehead
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Why so serious?"
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that guy wearing lipstick?
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please give us an attractive city car. It doesn't have to look like a boot or a jelly bean.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      well since BMW is coming out with an electric in a year or so, Jag should have theirs in about 20 years when they can buy the system solutions off the shelf.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jaguar should never have a 'city car.' The XF looks great, and the XJ is one of the most beautiful cars I've ever seen, and that's because Jaguar works best when you go big. Ian Callum is alone on this one.
      POV
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cross between John Lithgow and the Joker. :P But in all seriousness Callum is one of the best if not the best designers right now. If anyone can deliver the best designed city car, it's him.
      Tiberius1701
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are still "British" cars???
      RedBarchetta
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually wouldn't mind this, and would be curious to see what Jaguar's interpretation of a city car might look like. I was surprised to find myself oddly liking the Aston Martin Cygnet, despite many valid criticisms. That being said, what I would really like to see would be a modern interpretation of Jaguar Mark II. A zippy small luxury sedan/hatch in C or even B segment size might be fun to have, while lowering their overall emissions and taking Jaguar to new markets. I know the original Mark II was closer in size to the current 3-series, but what's the fun in that?
      - v o c t u s -
      • 3 Years Ago
      NO! NO, Callum! Don't SAY that! That's a BAD Callum! BAD!
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