11 January 2005

Jaguar has dropped its biggest hint yet to the look of its XK8 replacement, due later this year. This Advanced Lightweight Coupe concept, unveiled yesterday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is a two-plus-two underpinned by a lightweight all-aluminium structure and powered by a V8 engine.

Designed by Ian Callum, it combines classic Jaguar cues, most notably the E-type's oval grille, with a new, elegant and interesting vision of the marque's future. 'Nothing is superfluous on this car,' Callum stressed.

Chairman and CEO of Jaguar Cars Joe Greenwell provided the biggest clue as to the concept's significance: 'If you want to know what lies ahead for us, what direction we will take,' he said, 'this is Jaguar's answer.'

For more on Jaguar's prophetic new concept, get Autocar next week

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