Jaguar design chief Ian Callum confirms the luxurious XJ saloon will be replaced, as the company also looks at new model lines
2 January 2016

Jaguar design chief Ian Callum has confirmed the XJ will be replaced and additional model lines, rather than new bodystyles of existing cars, are being investigated.

Talking about a new XJ, he said: “We’re looking at that now, and other things, too - other car lines, additional ones. [We’ll] continue to grow.”

Callum, speaking to Autocar at the recent Los Angeles motor show, wouldn’t be drawn on precisely where the growth would come from but did say capacity issues would stunt any immediate new models.

“The reality is a capacity issue. It’s the biggest restraint,” he said.

Jaguar Land Rover’s annual sales should reach full capacity of around 650,000 units across its three UK factories once the Jaguar XE and F-Pace models are fully ramped up. A further factory is due to open in Slovakia in 2018.

“JLR doesn’t want to be BMW or Audi in size,” he said. “Chasing volume relentlessly is a problem. We don’t have aspirations for more than a million a year between us. You can lose prestige.”

Callum said Jaguar is unlikely to follow BMW or Audi in making multiple bodystyles of the same car but will instead look at adding more model lines.

“We’d like to do more volume of the cars we’ve got. That’s where growth will come from: additional lines,” Callum said.

When asked about a model smaller than the XE, Callum said his team were “continuously talking about a smaller Jaguar” but added there was “nothing planned” for a production model. He also ruled out a return of the XK.

As for the XJ, Callum believes the design of the current car “still stands out on its own. People think it’s brand new if they haven’t seen it before”. He hinted that there was a push within the company to make the next XJ more practical, but he believed it should still major on style. 

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2 January 2016

The fact that Jaguar will replace the XJ is about as newsworthy as night following day. That said, I love the look of the car in design sketch (which would make a great Panamera!) Much more surprising is the news that the XK will not be replaced. There must still be a lucrative market for large, prestige brand GT coupés and convertibles and the limited practicality of the F-Type (particularly in convertible guise) makes it unsuited to this role. Surely it would not be difficult or prohibitively expensive to use the new XF platform and drivetrain to underpin a successor to the XK?

3 January 2016

Got that right. It could be something close to SPECTRE to replace XK

2 January 2016

is Ian Callum, the obvious plan should be to spawn multiple body shapes of additional vehicles, they should have planned coupe and estate versions of the new XE and XF in from the beginning, but they didnt, I suspect we will see more SUV's from Jaguar, one bigger and one smaller than the F-Pace. The story above leads me to believe that Jaguar would be better as a stand alone company or to have been grouped with Volvo for the sell off, because its Landrover/Rangerover that are holding them back.

The XF could have been built alongside the S90, the F-Pace alongside the XC90 or the XC60, the XE with the S60, they could have used Volvos 5 pot diesels, straight 6 and V8 petrols, and would now have access to Volvos new 4 pot engines.

2 January 2016
Daniel Joseph wrote:

The fact that Jaguar will replace the XJ is about as newsworthy as night following day

Sadly not - the dear old thing has been in decline for years and the present model, noble animal that it is, has not arrested that. Sales are frankly miniscule even by limo standards. They'll need to pull something special out of the bag or it will be curtains for the XJ. And that would make me profoundly sad. The world should have a place for a big Jag and if it doesn't then there is something very wrong with the world.

2 January 2016

Sorry Mr Callum, I love most of your work, and I generally like more conservative designs, but the XE is unbelievably dull on the outside and inside. I'd love to take a step away from the BMWs and Audis I've had for years, but the XE is dull, the XF is OK, the F-Pace I'm not sure until I see one in the flesh.

Had an extended test in a Disco Sport today, and liked it a lot. Only bad things were understeer on very wet roundabouts that takes a second or so to quell when it transfers drive to the rear, and the fact that I averaged only 35 mpg. On the good sides I liked its looks, its ride, and it's practicality.

Only got a look at a new X1 as the local dealer was closed, but looked a fait bit smaller than the Disco Sport and while the interior looks better finished than my current 3 series it's still badly styled (get rid of the one style fit alls central collection of climate, CD, Air Vents, Stick On screen please BMW - it looks like a generic module that only gets new buttons for each BMW model, and seems to be reading throughout the whole BMW range!).

Mercedes GLA. You have to be kidding, have you seen it? Not sure about GLC for now. Lexus, no thanks to the latest styling. Volvo, a new XC60 would be nice.

2 January 2016

Sorry Mr Callum, I love most of your work, and I generally like more conservative designs, but the XE is unbelievably dull on the outside and inside. I'd love to take a step away from the BMWs and Audis I've had for years, but the XE is dull, the XF is OK, the F-Pace I'm not sure until I see one in the flesh.

Had an extended test in a Disco Sport today, and liked it a lot. Only bad things were understeer on very wet roundabouts that takes a second or so to quell when it transfers drive to the rear, and the fact that I averaged only 35 mpg. On the good sides I liked its looks, its ride, and it's practicality.

Only got a look at a new X1 as the local dealer was closed, but looked a fait bit smaller than the Disco Sport and while the interior looks better finished than my current 3 series it's still badly styled (get rid of the one style fit alls central collection of climate, CD, Air Vents, Stick On screen please BMW - it looks like a generic module that only gets new buttons for each BMW model, and seems to be reading throughout the whole BMW range!).

Mercedes GLA. You have to be kidding, have you seen it? Not sure about GLC for now. Lexus, no thanks to the latest styling. Volvo, a new XC60 would be nice.

2 January 2016

Sorry Mr Callum, I love most of your work, and I generally like more conservative designs, but the XE is unbelievably dull on the outside and inside. I'd love to take a step away from the BMWs and Audis I've had for years, but the XE is dull, the XF is OK, the F-Pace I'm not sure until I see one in the flesh.

Had an extended test in a Disco Sport today, and liked it a lot. Only bad things were understeer on very wet roundabouts that takes a second or so to quell when it transfers drive to the rear, and the fact that I averaged only 35 mpg. On the good sides I liked its looks, its ride, and it's practicality.

Only got a look at a new X1 as the local dealer was closed, but looked a fait bit smaller than the Disco Sport and while the interior looks better finished than my current 3 series it's still badly styled (get rid of the one style fit alls central collection of climate, CD, Air Vents, Stick On screen please BMW - it looks like a generic module that only gets new buttons for each BMW model, and seems to be reading throughout the whole BMW range!).

Mercedes GLA. You have to be kidding, have you seen it? Not sure about GLC for now. Lexus, no thanks to the latest styling. Volvo, a new XC60 would be nice.

2 January 2016

I wasn't aware that there was a chance it wouldn't be replaced. Still the best looking limo by far. Shame the new XE looks so similar to the new XF which in turn looks just like the previous model. Please Jaguar, do not go down the Audi route of one design in different sizes.

3 January 2016

Large luxury cars are on the way out, their market taken over by large premium SUVs. The new XJ may have to be a low slung crossover type, meaning slightly raised and a hatchback. Sad for the traditionalist but the way things are evolving.

3 January 2016

Large luxury cars are on the way out, their market taken over by large premium SUVs. The new XJ may have to be a low slung crossover type, meaning slightly raised and a hatchback. Sad for the traditionalist but the way things are evolving.

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