Design boss says the shape of Jaguar’s new BMW 3-series rival has been signed off; due to be revealed next autumn
10 December 2013

The design of Jaguar’s new small saloon has been signed off ahead of its expected reveal towards the end of next year.

Jaguar design director Ian Callum told Autocar that he had “finished design work” on the as-yet-unnamed model. He revealed that it would “follow the current design trends of Jaguar” rather than ushering in a change of direction for the firm.

The saloon, codenamed X760, is tipped to be revealed as a thinly veiled concept car at the Paris motor show next October before being displayed in final production form at the Geneva show in March 2015, with sales starting soon after.

Underpinning the saloon is Jaguar’s new rear-drive all-aluminium architecture called iQ[Al], which stands for ‘intelligent aluminium architecture’. The structure was first used beneath Jaguar’s C-X17 SUV concept, a model with styling that has directly evolved from the F-type’s and which will influence Jaguar’s new saloon rival for the BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-class.

Styling features of the new four-door saloon are expected to include a more powerful interpretation of the three-dimensional front end and trapezoidal grille design introduced on the F-type, a clamshell bonnet with twin power bulges, muscular haunches and a sporty yet graceful profile.

Callum confirmed that the saloon would follow the look established by the F-type and C-X17, to give the Jaguar range greater family resemblance.

“This is not a time to start changing direction,” said Callum about the sub-XF model, which will be built in a new facility under construction at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant. “We’ve established a beautiful design and we need to start using it on a family, and this will be part of the family.

“UK buyers know what a Jaguar is and looks like, but we have a bigger job to do around the world. We need to get the numbers out there and for people to be able to instantly recognise a Jaguar. The F-type is already helping this process.

“I think what we’ve ended up with will be a very strong contender in what, we’re under no illusions, is a very tough marketplace.”

Jaguar chiefs have already hinted at the saloon spawning a whole range of models, including a BMW X3-size SUV inspired by the C-X17 concept and a small estate and coupé to rival the BMW 3-series Touring and 4-series coupé respectively.

“It is a hugely flexible architecture and we will make full use of it, as there’s no point just doing one car,” said Callum, without confirming specific models. “There doesn’t just have to be one car of that size.”

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10 December 2013
"Jaguar Designer Confirms Has Designed New Jaguar" "Jaguar Designer Confirms New Jaguar Looks Like Jaguar" "Jaguar Designer Thinks Jaguars Are Beautiful"

10 December 2013
[quote=Norma Smellons]"Jaguar Designer Confirms Has Designed New Jaguar" "Jaguar Designer Confirms New Jaguar Looks Like Jaguar" "Jaguar Designer Thinks Jaguars Are Beautiful"[/quote] You don't have to read this free website.

10 December 2013
[quote=pychris][quote=Norma Smellons]"Jaguar Designer Confirms Has Designed New Jaguar" "Jaguar Designer Confirms New Jaguar Looks Like Jaguar" "Jaguar Designer Thinks Jaguars Are Beautiful"[/quote] You don't have to read this free website.[/quote] lol your right we don't have to read this free website..but autocar is over century old ,so we expect good write ups.. not space fillers... this is another JLR non article..about nothing and no real detail..also if it looks anything like the autocar image how boring! how very mazda looking...jags styling is in offensive but now going audi way same same.. Imagine a designer saying is designs are beautiful that is his brand product looks like his brands product..like we expected it look like a porsche! dude if Jaguar put out a statement that they were instaling bbq,s instead of passenger seats. autocar would report it as being an amazing idea.. It just fact! when it comes to scoops or info on new vehicles Autocar just seems to be stagnant, or late or just telling nothing .. to be honest only Steve Sutcliffs articles on just pure driving no BS keeps be reading autocar.. and Autocars Scoop and reveal pics that end up being some drawing a graphic art intern has pu together in the office is just getting borting now!

10 December 2013
[quote=Bobstardeluxe] to be honest only Steve Sutcliffs articles on just pure driving no BS keeps be reading autocar.. [/quote] You do understand that those videos are Dunlop adverts, right?

10 December 2013
[quote=Sporky McGuffin][quote=Bobstardeluxe] to be honest only Steve Sutcliffs articles on just pure driving no BS keeps be reading autocar.. [/quote] You do understand that those videos are Dunlop adverts, right?[/quote] I do understand.. didnt mean those videos.. i was talking about written artciles not the dunlop sponsored video;s ..as stated i said articles not video! dont get me wrong I love reading autocar...but some articles really are a waste of space...you open them up becuase they look intresting.. but then just paragraphs of nothing.. it not about free to read etc... it about qulity of the article.. surely the writer has some pride also in what he putting out on media..it his/ her reputation too right.. almost anyone can write waffle! but good content is harder and autocar writers are talented bunch but tainting there rep i think sometimes.

10 December 2013
There are a limited number of new events happening in the motor industry per week. Remember, Autocar produces a magazine on a weekly basis and not monthly such as Evo, Topgear etc. I find the articles interesting, some more than others. For all the usual complaints about JLR bias, I would suggest that these readers have a look at the German magazines Autobilde and Auto Motor und Sport, which are not only full of German car articles but are biased in their reviews. If you cannot speak German, you can use Google translate.

10 December 2013
[quote=pychris]For all the usual complaints about JLR bias.[/quote] It's an apparent bias because Autocar repeats so many website articles about JLR it's getting impossible to tell what's news and what's history. Over the last year, every JLR story I read on Autocar seems to say nothing I don't already know, from Autocar! As a magazine, Autocar had a well-earned reputation for quality journalism - as a news website it's in a totally different class - below par.

10 December 2013
[quote=Ruperts Trooper]Over the last year, every JLR story I read on Autocar seems to say nothing I don't already know, from Autocar![/quote] Perhaps I'm being over simplistic with my observation, but if you already know every JLR story, why do you bother reading it? The article says JLR have now signed off the design which will be unveiled next Autumn. If what you say is true and you already knew that, please feel free to reply with a link to a previous Autocar article that stated this. (Won't I look the idiot if you find one - lol) Some accuse Autocar reporters of being bias, however in reality, we find the only bias is that of the accuser.

10 December 2013
*repeats complaint that Autocar publishes not very newsworthy stuff about JLR *plagiarises self from previous threads *does passable impression of a broken record

10 December 2013
One cannot plagiarise one's self. It makes you go blind, they say.

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