The New Jag
Please excuse our brief editorializing, but isn’t superfluous design and unnecessary detailing the point of a Jaguar? The recently introduced XJ sedan is gorgeous in its retro bulges and swells, the existing XK sports car sensuous thanks to flares and swoops, and even the S-Type and X-Type are distinctive thanks to immediately identifiable styling traits that can be traced to revered Jaguars of yore. Good gracious, gents, styling is what sells a Jaguar today. Based on the Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe Concept, future Jags sound austere and minimalist in terms of design – like a Lexus. Is Callum drinking the J Mays kool aid, or what?
Nonetheless, we’d better get used to it, because the 2007 Jaguar XK8 is probably going to look plenty like the Advanced Lightweight Coupe Concept. The car is based upon the Jaguar XJ’s lightweight aluminum body structure, which explains the awkwardly long wheelbase on this sporting coupe. Seating for four is offered in bucket seats front and rear, and a hatchback design makes loading luggage into the generous trunk easier. We hear the hatchback won’t make production, which is too bad, because it’s our favorite thing about the Advanced Lightweight Coupe Concept.
Wood Trim is MIA
If Jaguars lose their garish and exaggerated design vocabulary, the automotive landscape will definitely become less…less zesty.
Photos courtesy of Jaguar Cars North America