Design boss Ian Callum confirms work is proceeding on next-generation Jaguar models
Mark Tisshaw
9 December 2013

The next-generation Jaguar XF and XJ saloons are already under development, the brand's design boss has revealed.

Design director Ian Callum says work on the next-generation XF and XJ saloons is well under way, telling Autocar: “I’m designing the next XF and thinking about the next XJ".

Test mules for the new XF are now a common sight. Jaguar’s new rival for the BMW 5-series is likely to arrive in 2016, before the new XJ. Expect an evolved look of today’s car, with some of the family traits of the F-type and C-X17 concept making it on to the model.

Callum believes that the current XF, introduced in 2008 and heavily facelifted in 2011, has aged very well. “I’m a huge fan of the XF, and I believe it has stood the test of time. The sales figures are increasing all the time, too.”

The next-generation XJ is further off, with the current car yet to undergo a facelift. However, that will happen next year, when the luxury saloon is given a light nip and tuck. Test mules have shown minor detail changes for the front and rear ends, but there’s no word on any dynamic or specification changes.

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Jaguar XF 2008-2015

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

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9 December 2013
"Jaguar designer is currently designing Jaguars" plus "Jaguar designer likes design of Jaguar"

9 December 2013
If Mr. Callum had said something like: "It's high-time I fix the face of the XF and XJ so we can reduce the discounting", then that would have been news.

9 December 2013
Ian Callum was actually at my university a few months ago doing a lecture for "his life of design." I wish I'd seen him actually - would've probably been pretty interesting. I remember passing a V8 F type (presumably his) that night and was gutted that I just missed it!

9 December 2013
If there indeed was a conversation between Ian Callum and someone from Autocar, the journalist needs to come away with more than this to justify putting fingers on the keyboard.

9 December 2013
I agree the XF has aged well. What I am interested in is how the next XF will evolve. Once you have had a successful design, the temptation may be not to change it too much. Jaguar needs to keep moving ahead boldly, even with some risk. It cannot afford safety first in styling. Beautiful, but cutting edge.

9 December 2013
[quote=Darren Moss] “I’m a huge fan of the XF" [/quote] Those are the words of Jaguar's design director for pity's sake. This is several long steps beyond pathetic journalism, and furthermore gives credit to all those who claim Autocar is full of JLR bias. I'm sure - for example - Peugeot's design director would say the same for the 208, but you'd never mention this in an article. I don't think something like that would be worthy of a mention anyway, but the 208 is one of many cars that outsells the XF considerably, so I'd rather see non-stories about a relevant car than about an ageing and irrelevant one.

9 December 2013
...and Autocar managed to write 3 different JLR articles that say nothing more than we have "NEW PRODUCTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT."

9 December 2013
I don't like the "X" suffix, don't see the logic apart from historical of course. Does it mean anything to the buyers of today? I couldn't imagine a Jag with a name though. XF is selling well because it's quite good looking, but I suspect more to do with the big discounts I see advertised everywhere.

9 December 2013
you talk crap, I suppose you think that Fiesta and Astra names amongs others, lets get rid of C-Class, E, S, SL and so on, what about 3,5, and 7 Series, they have been around for ages, lets bin them. You have no knowledge about brand recognition, Coca Cola, lets bin that too, as for HUGE discounts, dont think so, no more than ANY other brand, in fact you can get bigger discounts on E-Class and % Series if you hunt around than the XF, the reason they are selling, is because they are great cars, with lots of kit you pay more for with the Germans, and its cheaper to start with.

9 December 2013
[quote=jonboy4969]you talk crap, I suppose you think that Fiesta and Astra names amongs others, lets get rid of C-Class, E, S, SL and so on, what about 3,5, and 7 Series, they have been around for ages, lets bin them. You have no knowledge about brand recognition, Coca Cola, lets bin that too, as for HUGE discounts, dont think so, no more than ANY other brand, in fact you can get bigger discounts on E-Class and % Series if you hunt around than the XF, the reason they are selling, is because they are great cars, with lots of kit you pay more for with the Germans, and its cheaper to start with.[/quote] Oooh, put your handbag away you tw*t. Brand recognition is actually quite familiar to me working for a company who's product features in the Superbrands review, and being involved in my own small way in protecting that brand. I gave an opinion that the "X" means nothing, and I actually like Jaguar's brand image. And yes I know it's a good car as I test drove one before settling on the 5 series (with a smaller discount than the XF had if you must know). PS - TYPING IN CAPITALS IS FOR CHILDREN.

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