Some very weird things on the exterior. The big upright grille and weird color break on the C pillar. I kind of like the rear more than the XF…it’s far cleaner. I love the tail lights, they are like candy. The interior looks very futuristic and distinctive.
Mr, I was alluding (with a crude flourish of my own), and in a very round-about way, to the similarities between the 2010 XJag and the 2006-'08 Volvo/Heico S80 “factory” conversions.
Besides loosing most of Jaguar’s “XJ” cues, they moved too far away from the XF concept car in my opinion; too soft. Like Brett commented; it became sleepy … and somewhat Lexus Sc 430-ish. “Japanese” overall, in my opinion. The stern suffered a similar fate; the deep cut for the rear deck (probably to better facilitate luggage access) really destroys the definition. And function aside, I’m beginning to tire (no pun intended … baloney, the pun was intended) of the 19+ inch diameter wheel syndrome. … I know, reduced unsprung weight and all that… … they’re a royal pain to clean, and they’re becoming a bit of a bore. Everything has to have “mag” style wheel on it now?
But no matter how you cut it, Jag-u-r builds incredibly beautiful road machines… …
I would say BMW took a radical evolution approach. In hindsight, much of the proportion of classic BMWs is still thers, as well as the 4 round headlights, the “Hofmeister r” kink in the windows, the visuall shark nose and of course doube kiney grill.
This seems to ignore a lot of DNA. Jad made the same mistake with the 1975 XJ-S and they did not have a “Jaguar” like touring car until the 1996 XK-8… 20 years.
Yo: The Jag DNA didn’t work though. The very retro S-type and XK were sales disasters. I’ve read the new XF has helped keep Jag sales nearly level through the recession. BMW has dropped about 13%, Mercedes a lot less at 5%.
I’m keeping some criticism of this XJ until I see it in person. I thought the new XK and XF were boring in photos and revelations in person. I can’t think of a better looking car than the XF, nor a better sounding one! Perhaps the XJ will make the same impression…
The S-Type was not a cool car… DNA applied poorly is still poor design. While Jag sales may have remained level, they were so low that any lower would be nothing. For me, the XF is not cool and doesn’t look like a Jag… it seems a bit pointless.
The XK will be a classic however. Mark that for sure.
I think I would have gone with something more sculpted and cat like… thinking about it, I think Infinity makes better Jaguars than Jaguar. I doodled this up for a big cat… just a quick 20 min sketch from my sketch book.
Hot sketch Yo! I’m digging the front end, and the shoulder line. The back is looking a little long though. Maybe we make the next 1HDC a redesign of the XJ?
I don’t know if anyone watched the new Top Gear, but they talked about the new Xj in the news section, I was expecting Jeremy to rip on it but he seemed to be genuinely pleased.
Not sure if your sketch has that “jag” DNA enough though either…
… but I look at some of the old jags such as the XJ12, XJ6, XJS, not to mention the XKE and E-types) and can’t help but think that a Jag hasn’t been a Jag since the 80’s. yep, the X-type looked sorta the same, and the S-type went even further back into the grille catalog, but the spirit wasn’t there. They still seemed bloated, and good from maybe 100 ft, but any closer resembled any other car.
Jag has been previously about the chrome, the wood, the quirks and all that. the new Jag looks like anything else on the road. a big part of it I think is proportion. The long hood and short overhangs with plenty of bits of chrome says Jag to me… the new one, might as well be a maserati wannabe with the huge grille and not much else to offer…interior as well looks nice, but I’d expect a lot more burl wood for Jag… a bit buick if you ask me
…and dont get me started on the side vent/light thing, bottom sidewall crease, or rear lamps… those have no place on a Jag!