The Jaguar C-XF Concept unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Auto
Show was a preview of the Jaguar S-Type successor,
the Jaguar XF.
The Jaguar C-XF concept was designed by Ian Callum, also
responsible for the latest Aston Martin's and the latest
The Jaguar C-XF concept is almost unrecognisable as a
Jaguar product, so different is the new design direction
for the company. A large rectangular grille flanked by
two slit-like headlights dominates the front of the vehicle,
while the bulging bonnet hints at the capabilities of
the potent 4.2 litre V8 beneath, a unit which produces
420 horsepower and is capable of propelling the C-XF at
180 mph. Theoretically.
From the side view the Jaguar C-XF Concept shares a similar
profile to the Aston
Martin Rapide Concept, both are high-performance 4-door
Inside the Jaguar C-XF Concept the occupants sit in a
cockpit, with the high-mounted, aluminum centre console
flowing around them. There are four individual sports
seats, with enough room in the rear for a pair of
six foot adults.
The cabin of the Jaguar C-XF Concept offers a reinterpretation
of the classic wood and leather themes. carbon
fibre-pattern leather is used in partnership with
semi-aniline hide on the seats. Elements of the doors
and transmission tunnel have been carved from Poplar wood
and then scorched to create a satin feel.
All concept cars have unusual features, gimmicks, but
these are part of the reason concept cars are so interesting.
The Jaguar C-XF is no exception. Upon entering the drivers
seat the Power button pulses on the centre console, representing
the heartbeat of the C-XF. Push the button
and concentric rings withdraw to leave the gear selector
in your hand. At the same time, beams of blue light emanate
from the instrument panel and the front grille, marking
the moment at which the engine is brought to life. Jaguar
want this series of events to make the C-XF Concept feel
as if it is coming alive. Although it is highly unlikely
this elaborate system will make it to production, a toned
down version is feasible.
Similar and related concept vehicles:
Jaguar AL Coupe
Related production cars:
2008 Jaguar XF SV8
2005 Jaguar XJR 4.2
2002 Jaguar S-Type R