Jaguar has released details about its S-type replacement, the XF. In July, Jag only shifted a little over a thousand cars in the US market. BMW sold 28,000 in the same month.
When I saw the exterior, I was a little disappointed. The front reminds me of a Buick concept car from the '90’s. In its defence, the rear does look like an Aston Martin, which is not a bad thing. Then, I saw the interior. Wow. An interior this clean really raises the stakes on everyone. Note the concealed air vents and the knob controlled automatic tranny. Very nicely done.
I hope that Jag comes to my local autoshow this year, and I’m hoping that they leave the doors open. Anyone shopping for a E-class or 5 series might be tempted to drive a Jag after seeing the inside of this car.
interior is nice, outside…blah dont say jag to me at all, take the badge off and its a lexus, buick, well almost anything. BMW did a great job in retaing some iconic design features so when you saw it you knew it was a bimmer.
Agree about the exterior, but I’m not feeling any love for the interior either. Reminds me of a 70s American car- all it needs is a linear speedometer. And that rotary shifter is a gimmick. There’s nothing about the act of selecting a gear that lends itself to a rotary knob.
wells its been a slow death. all downhill since owned by Ford in 89 if not sooner. The brand name “jaguar” I think now has less cache to than Honda. Trying to picture a typical jag owner now has pretty much zero meaning, which to me is a good indicator of brand washout. These new cars certainly dont add anything…
I do like a lot of the older jags and its a pity to see good potential wasted. Oh well, there’s always Rover. Oh wait, they’re crap too.
I really like the lines. They resolve well. I thought that the surfaces have a lot of tension. I like the way that the side chamfer resolves into the front openings on the fascia. I really like it.
Oddly enough I wasnt as excited about the interior. The front grill looks cool. I t would have been pretty shocking if the concept had not been presaged by the C-XF. I think that it is a good change of direction personally.
It’s too bad that Ford is selling Jag, I can really see the brand making a come back. Just…not with this car.
Scott Bennett: I agree, a tranny does not need a rotary dial. However, we are in the days of iDrive now. A lot of luxury brand buyers expect useless technology, this is a good example. I have to say though, the dial fights with Jag DNA. Remember the old J-gate shifter?