At nearly 10 years previous, the current-generation XJ represented a design step-change for Jaguar. Now Ian Callum, head of design for the Big Cat, says the followup shall be larger and sportier than ahead of.
With the latest iteration introduced in 2009, the XJ has all the time been Jaguar’s flagship. That’s not going to modify any time quickly, however the fashion may destroy with ‘F Segment’ measurement and design conventions.
Speaking to media on the Geneva motor display, Callum stated the XJ will develop in measurement and stay a tech-leader for the emblem, but it surely shouldn’t be benchmarked in opposition to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
“It’ll be different. And it will have more room inside it. One of the biggest criticisms XJ has had is that a lot of people think the room inside the car is not big enough. I don’t believe in segmentation like this — I don’t believe in an F Segment as such,” Callum stated.
“I think we should just do a luxury vehicle that matches people well. That’s what we’ve done for XJ, which is what the first one was all about. A lot of our market is far-eastern and people are using these big cars to be driven in, so we must accommodate that better.”
When requested about generation, Callum showed the brand new XJ would be the subsequent automotive launched by means of Jaguar. As such, it’s going to function new generation to sooner or later filter out down the variety.
“It will definitely have new tech and it will be a flagship, and it will probably the next car we bring out now that I think about it. It’ll be built to match the technology that will be reflected at that time. But it’s not an S-Class Mercedes-Benz,” stated Callum.
While it’s going to be sized like an S-Class, Callum is adamant that it’s going to be extra of a driving force’s automotive, with much less center of attention on conventional flagship sedan characteristics.
“I never saw XJ as an S-Class competitor. Mercedes-Benz have created that place — the three-box limo sedan,” Callum mused.
“I just don’t think that’s a Jaguar. A Jaguar is a sportier entity and it should reflect that. Yes it will take four [people] to market in comfort and luxury, but that’s where the similarities stop. It will still be a driver’s car.”
“I don’t think many Mercedes-Benz S-Classes are driver’s cars, with the exception of AMGs or something. If you drive an XJR575, it’s a driver’s car. It just happens to be able to take three people in comfort. I don’t buy this segmentation.”
“What I like about I-Pace is that people kind of say it doesn’t fit in a segment. Good… stop trying to categorise it. The XJ will be an XJ. And if some people want to call it an F Segment car, it’s entirely up to them,” stated Callum.
Given the cycle of recent fashions, we’d be expecting to look the primary seems to be at a brand new Jaguar XJ across the finish of this 12 months.
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Bigger and sportier, not an ‘S-Class’