Baby Jaguar delayed until the next-gen XF will be introduced

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 21, 2011

Jaguar really wants to make a good first impression in the bigger global market. It’s pretty obvious as it has decided to make a switch in its product plan. Initially, Jaguar had meant to develop a new small saloon and a sports utility spin-off under the codename X760.

This was expected to arrive in 2014, one year before the new XF is slated to arrive in 2015. But according to Autocar, Jaguar’s executives didn’t want to take this high risk and decided to make a switch.

This means that the XF replacement will go first. This guarantees that the baby Jag won’t hurt the premium feel of the brand nor take sales away from the current XF, which is believed to be the car that rescued Jaguar. Hallmark said that only the next XF will “kill today’s XF.”

The new F10 BMW 5-Series and Merc E-Class models have grown in size so the next XF is likely to do so too. The model’s smaller siblings -- the 2012 F30 3-series and the new C-class – also grew in size.

As a result, the small Jaguar saloon will be nearer in size to the existing XF. This is why there’s a need to switch the models in the cycle plan. According to Jag’s engineering chief Bob Joyce, the design and engineering of the small car has to be “exactly right for its market.” Hallmark added that the X-type’s failure won’t affect the upcoming model.

Basically a saloon with the dynamic abilities and dramatic appearance of a Jaguar sports car, the new Jaguar XF is simply a ride to behold. The new 2012 Jaguar XF features advances in lighting technology that allowed it to inherit the bold Jaguar design language first seen on the XJ flagship saloon. Its front end exposes a number of sheet-metal revisions, particularly to the grille, bonnet and front wings as well as the new triangular side vents.

The top-of-the-range Jaguar XFR, meanwhile, has a distinct and imposing design to highlight its performance potential. Other derivatives, however, could be availed with the alternative 'Aerodynamic' option. Since the headlamps for the new Jaguar XF now feature bi-function HID xenon technology, they are slimmer and more compact, but still provide excellent beam resolution. The headlamps also feature LED daytime running lights laid out in Jaguar’s 'J-Blade' signature pattern.

For the 2012 model year, the Jaguar XF is specified with new LED tail lamps extending onto the central portion of the boot lid. All functions -- stop, light and indicator – feature LED technology, thus lending the saloon a unique night-time rear signature. These functions are separated by a revised boot lid finisher featuring a gloss black lower edge. All XF models have boots with power closure.

The 2012 Jaguar XF could now be availed in new paint colors and in 17-inch to 20-inch alloy wheels. Ian Callum, Design Director at Jaguar Cars, described the XF as a quintessential Jaguar saloon that is not only purposeful and elegant, but also sporty. He quipped that the latest iteration of the Jaguar XF features an evolved and enhanced performance character.

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