Jaguar has been on a campaign to replace any and all retro cues with modern ones. Just look at the current XJ and the one it replaced, or the XF and the S-Type that came before it and you'll know what we mean. The one remnant is the XK and its oval grille, in and of itself a throwback to Jags of old (which started to look more like a certain Star Wars alien in above-pictured XKR-S form). But don't expect it to hang around.

Newer Jaguars have been ditching the oval aperture for a more squared-off one, and the next XK will have to fall in line. But don't expect that to be the only change in store for the next-generation Jaguar coupe and convertible.

With the new F-Type now holding the more enthusiast-oriented ground, the next XK is expected to grow bigger, softer and more luxurious. That will likely mean a more commodious back seat as well, though that shouldn't be hard to do considering the lack of space in the back of the current model...


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      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well the "new" rectangular grill is lifted from the series 1xj6. Really I hope Jag doesn't lose it's "specialness" in an attempt to be "modern."
        Carmaker1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        Excellent point, as the XJ has never received an oval grille. Only did the X308 of 1997-2003 receive a "rounded" rectangular grille in predecession to the X350 XJ of 2003-2009. The horizontal oval grille has been strictly limited to the E-Type, XJ220, and XK (X100 & X150). The S-Type (X200) received a vertical oval grille. The X151 XK and X360 XJ are excellent design specimens and will amaze everyone upon public presentation in 2015-16. They are now directly comparable to the W222/C217 S-Class, not to mention much closer to the Bentley Continental (FS/GT), RR Ghost, and Aston Martin range.
      MASTER
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does this mean newer versions will look like some kind of alien insect specie, just as most new cars now do?
      brennemanbelkin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Note to Jag designers, dance with the one that brung ya.
      hemusbull
      • 1 Year Ago
      This grill was a stupid design fixture left from earlier generations of Ford cars (the same is the V8 engine)...Looks very much short living...It isn't old E-type oval!
        Carmaker1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hemusbull
        You absolutely do not know what you are talking about and do not even deserve such a fallacious statement to be dignified with a proper response. Please go sit down.
      Gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jaguars depreciate about half in the first 18 months of ownership. Pure junk. You NEVER see any on the road anymore.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gary
        That's old balderdash! You have to be an informed consumer. Some Jags are bullet proof (x300, x350 and on-4.2 liter and on). Just like you need to know about e36's being known for electrical issues, poor radiator life & post Benz w124 build quality decline.
          Carmaker1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          It's interesting how you mention that, as Mercedes-Benz had that planned from 1991. By working with McKinsey & Co. to reduce overhead costs by 10-15% by 1995, they started with the W202 C-Class and continued with the facelifted W140 in 1994, and the W210 E-Class in 1995. Development of the W140 spurred this in costing over $1 billion, as well as competition from Japanese rivals such as Lexus.
      penrosecottage
      • 1 Year Ago
      It reminds me of a Ford and I don't like the looks of it.
      Robbie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good riddance this car was never much to speak about in the looks department.....just another Jag trying in vein to recapture the magic of the XKE (which could be said about every car since the XKE). I am usually in favor of keeping historical things like girls constant (think BMW and Aston Martin), but in the case of Jaguar there really isn't a lot of good to remember. Looks like they are taking a page from Audi's playbook, and we all know how that worked out the first time. I am interested to see how it works for Jag. I would never buy one, but I don't want them to die either.
      RLC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jaguar's styling is all over the place. They threw the baby out with the bathwater when they decided to eschew their design heritage. A modern car can feature a new take on traditional design cues without being retro. That being said, I always thought the design of the XK was weak tea.
        Carmaker1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RLC
        Before the second generation XK (X150) design was approved in late 2002, some Jaguar customers allowed in the design clinics in August 2002 responded unfavorably to it, alongside a Lexus SC430, Mercedes SL (R230), and Porsche 911 (996). They kept it as is, with a few changes. I like the first generation model design more, but felt it was too long in the tooth by 8-9 years ago having been originally designed in 1992-93. Depending on the model, I only can swallow some of the current facelift version.
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Carmaker1
          I drive an x100 but hope to get an x150 in the next year or so, but only 07 or 08. Afterwards they tried to butch it up & just made it ugly (xkr-s).
      fezziwigs2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who the hell designs these things? This is the second ugliest car I've ever seen next to an Edsel. Street cars are not race cars no matter how hard they try. Race cars are purpose built. They're worried about drag , G's, Maximum performance period. All these wild pseudo street racers are is exactly that, "Faux Racers" Now let's attack the design. Where is the style and grace? You see a XK-E or an XJS or an XK120, you know what it is. This car looks like a bastardization of a Nissan or Audi. Hey!, why don't you make a new updated 2CV Citroen and call it a Jaguar?
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time to do what Lexus did.
        Carmaker1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @miketim1
        This has nothing to do with Lexus nor how they maintain design aesthetic of their range.
      wlh1923
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford phases out the old style grill of the Ford Jaguar. Kinda doesn't have the same ring to it
      • 1 Year Ago
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