Jaguar officials confirm major design changes are planned for its model range, including the next-gen XJ, revised XF and upcoming SUV
29 September 2014

Jaguar insiders have indicated that the models appearing in the next 12-24 months will consolidate the look established by the XF, XJ, F-type and XE.

That means that the next XF, due within that time frame, will be evolutionary in terms of look. We can, though, expect a lightweight aluminium body structure for the car, which is currently steel-bodied.  

The next-gen XJ, however, “will be a bit of a jolt, but will work for people”, according to a source. The C-X17 SUV, meanwhile, is under “close consideration”, but it’s highly likely that this model will get the green light, given the popularity of premium SUVs.

From 2017, Jaguar will push towards a new look. The rectangular grille developed for the saloons will remain, “but everything else will change”. It’s also possible that Jaguar will introduce a new ‘white space’ range to complement the five-car line-up (with the SUV) it will have by then, and it will have decided how to replace the XK.

Jaguar has also explored the possibility of a model to sit beneath the XE as a rival to the Mercedes A-class and Audi A3, but the plans are understood to have been abandoned for now because rear-drive hardware cannot be efficiently packaged in a small body.

JLR makes a front/four-wheel-drive model in the form of the Range Rover Evoque, but its hardware is too costly for the market Jaguar wants to enter.

However, if Land Rover decides to offer a model smaller than the Evoque, it might give Jaguar the opportunity to offer a new entry-level model thanks to the economies of scale achieved by sharing hardware across the brands.

Whether the business plan can work is another matter, because JLR will still be a long way short of its rivals’ volumes. But it remains a possibility that is also desirable for fleet-average CO2 target reasons.

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Our Verdict

Jaguar XF 2008-2015
The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

6 October 2014

Well today I just hope Jaguar to retain 6 to V8 cylinders. Forget Jaguar of reviving V12. V8 supercharge or Twin Turbo can't be beaten by a competitor V12 brand.

6 October 2014

My opinion, it's unwise to adopt the same styling language across multiple models. If some of the customers don't like the design, they need to be offered an alternative that they might prefer. Furthermore, if you have the pricier, more exclusive car, you don't want it to look like the ones you see on every street.

I think this was a major problem with the old X-type / XJ dynamic (plus the S-type's backside), and it's sad to see them repeat it with the XF/XJ/XE - and will continue to do so when they're replaced. It's not that a major styling change is required for every generation - it's that it's required for every *model*. The Germans don't do everything right, and it's about time that staff at Jaguar realised this.

Myk

6 October 2014

"Jaguar has also explored the possibility of a model to sit beneath the XE as a rival to the Mercedes A-class and Audi A3, but the plans are understood to have been abandoned for now because rear-drive hardware cannot be efficiently packaged in a small body."

BMW 1 series anybody?

6 October 2014
Myk wrote:

"Jaguar has also explored the possibility of a model to sit beneath the XE as a rival to the Mercedes A-class and Audi A3, but the plans are understood to have been abandoned for now because rear-drive hardware cannot be efficiently packaged in a small body."

BMW 1 series anybody?

Yes, a perfect example of poor space efficiency.

6 October 2014

If ford can make a fiesta handle as well as it does I'm sure jaguar can with the additional quality required for the a class/1 series segment.

6 October 2014

They have maybe forgotten what Porsche, BMW and Mercedes have not, that is the value of continuously evolving, as opposed to retrospective design. The Porsche 911 is always ultra modern, despite the connection back to 1937. The same principle applies to others.

Jaguar had it until its latest round of fine but not so distinguishable designs and have maybe given something away with the demise of the S Type, pre-09 XJ and XK8. They might be wise to reinstate some of that evolved design into the intended major design changes. Take the badges of the present range and they could be Audis.

6 October 2014

Yes, I do hope that Jaguar and land Rover do not fall in to the above cloning trap very boring to say the least when all models look similar.if a triangular or oval grill would suit a car let it have one and if it requires another style let it have it .All Porches look far too similar at the front and some of the backs look like Audi or even an Austin Allegro ie Q3 Q5 .

6 October 2014

The need to do something fast, maybe if they sacked Callum their cars would actually start to look decent again. Probably NOT a good idea to "evelove" the current Audi/BMW/Lexus hybrid look, though, its derivative, boring and lacks imagination - theres no way it can get away with copying bits of other manufacturers designs and sticking them together for much longer.

6 October 2014

I would say that the current one was quite a shock. It is very rare to see one that isn't in black so as to draw away from the black-only C-pillars. The rear looked like no previous Jaguar. With that said, when in black, it is a decent-looking car and smooth as silk. But if the next one is a "bit of a shock" that should mean that it doesn't quite resemble the XE and XF. Here is hoping that it doesn't go down the cookie-cutter route and also swerves the Ssangyong Rodius route at the same time.

6 October 2014
= Autocar wrote:

That means that the next XF, due within that time frame, will be evolutionary in terms of look. We can, though, expect a lightweight aluminium body structure for the car, which is currently steel-bodied.

Aluminium yes, lightweight NO, please, every new vehicle to come out of the JLR factories over the last few years has claimed to be lightweight, and they are not, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cant fool all of the people all of the time. Just say it will be made of aluminium and leave it at that.

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