Following Up: CAR Predicts New XJ’s True Form

2010-jaguar-xj-sedan-car-magAnd we interpret.

By Gunnar Heinrich | IMG CAR

SO much for slow strip teases.

Those impatient blokes at CAR magazine cut the foreplay and went straight to our next thought which is what to make of this artistic reveal of Jaguar’s next biggest and best?

From the profile, the 2010 XJ cuts a svelte, if heavy shape.

The big cat is attractively feminine -notice the bit of “eyeliner” around those deliciously slim (C-XF) headlamps? But the concept (which as depicted is an artistic rendering based on CAR’s own journalistic digging) owes a great deal to the school of Franco-Allemand auto design.

Every soft curve aft of the C-Pillar says Citroen C6. Even those tail lamps. Each uninterrupted swath of sheet metal between the C and A pillars denotes Audi A6. Note that perfect window frame arc.

All aspects forward of cabin are where we finally find the UK M6 motorway school of  design theory.

It’s urbane Britannia yet dynamic enough to tally ho in royal countryside.

This cat was another balancing act. A series of hard fought battles over proportion and functionality. Did the saloon really need to appear that thick in the middle?

Of course it did.

It’s the best shot Jag’s got in a war that rages over reduced executive dollars, pounds, euros, yen, and lira, and it must look the part of a “limo”. To be the “space” in Jaguar’s old “grace, space, pace” motto, if you like.

In sum, fresh food for a furtive imagination but the answers to our questions have a month yet to go before the unveiling.

June 04, 2009

About the Author: Gunnar Heinrich is publisher of Automobiles De Luxe online and is executive producer of the Automobiles De Luxe Television series on PBS member station CPTV.

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  1. Quite a departure from the spawn of the XJ6 and successfully so. Pending seeing the car in metal, I like it. I’ve not been big on the 4 door coupe as I find that the cars appear hogged, but this maybe the exception.

  2. XJ6 “spawn”. Never heard those sedans referred to in that Devilish manner…

  3. I am heart sick. Hope this is more editorial than fact. It looks like an Altima.

  4. My uncle has one. It’s incredible fast, large, and comfortable… when u exceed the 245 km/h , it becomes lower on road and sounds like a plane. ?’ve experienced it :)

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