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Old 08-28-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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Next-Gen Jaguar Revealed

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Jaguar is set to showcase its all-new XF sedan at the Frankfurt auto show in Germany next month. A fitting location, since the British automaker is hoping to head-to-head with Mercedes and BMW's best offerings.

Designed as rival to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class, the XF takes a sportier approach — with a lower roofline and more aggressive stance. It comes standard with fender vents and a bulging hood that add to this perception.

Replacing the aging S-Type early next year, the XF is based on the C-XF Concept car, with considerably less dramatic headlights and a tamer exterior. Engineering limitations are said to have made the C-XF's headlights impossible to bring to production in a cost effective manner, but look for cat-like eyes on the next-generation XJ, which Jaguar designers say will be more daring than the XF.

Two engine choices… for now

The XF will be offered wither either 300 horsepower or 420 horsepower — the former from a 4.2 liter V8 and the latter from a supercharged version of that mill. An XF-R is rumored to be arriving a year later with 500 horsepower.

Roughly five inches longer than the old S-Type, the 195-inch XF provides ample room for five adults, despite its coupe-like roof. The XF's waistline rises to meet the roof rather than the roof coming down to meet the waist — a design trick that improves interior space.

Jaguar says the XF is something of a spiritual successor to the XJ Series 1 — a car that was smaller than today's XJ. The company hopes the XF will mark a return to what its speciality of the past — sports sedans.

"Cars like the original XJ6 left a lasting legacy and my ambition has been to create something as seminal. The XF is that car," said Design Director Ian Callum.





http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsGa...L=-1&IM=133267

I don't like the headlights or the "pointy" front end. All good looking top-notch modern luxury 4-doors have nice blunt front-ends.
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Old 08-29-2007, 04:06 AM   #2
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I agree, everything in front of the front wheels needs a do-over. The rear end is Aston Martin sexy...
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:54 AM   #3
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I agree, everything in front of the front wheels needs a do-over. The rear end is Aston Martin sexy...
I agree about the rear end looking like an Aston...I recon the whole car looks kind of like a VW though.....
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:51 PM   #4
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So when's the lawsuit coming from Aston Martin?

Well I guess if Hyundai can get away with what it's done recently...
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:02 AM   #5
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So when's the lawsuit coming from Aston Martin?

Well I guess if Hyundai can get away with what it's done recently...

1. Ford owns both Jag and Aston.

2. The new Jag was designed by the designer of current Aston Martins, if I am not mistaken.
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Old 08-30-2007, 04:46 AM   #6
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I thought Ford sold Aston and Jaguar?
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Old 08-30-2007, 06:17 AM   #7
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I thought Ford sold Aston and Jaguar?

Oh, really? Am I behind the times?

edit: just checked, jag and land rover are up for sale...
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:24 AM   #8
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oh look it's the new Aston Martin.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:41 PM   #9
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1. Ford owns both Jag and Aston.

2. The new Jag was designed by the designer of current Aston Martins, if I am not mistaken.

Ford did JUST sell aston to Prodrive, but they hold a minority stake in it still .Jag is up for sale, but is still owned by Ford.

And yes, Ian Callum, head of Jaguar design now, was responsible for the design direction that Henrik Fisker went with the Aston DB9. Ian Callum did design the DB7 and Vanquish.

There cannot and will not be a design suit brought against Jaguar by Aston. That's just stupid. Besides, ONLY the Jag's rear only bears a superficial resemblance to the Aston design language.


This is the modern Jag that has been asked for since the current Jags are considered "stodgy" and are slow selling.
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Jag is up for sale, but is still owned by Ford.

Ah, I thought the CAT people ended up buying it. Guess not.
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Ah, I thought the CAT people ended up buying it. Guess not.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/2321538.cms

Tata is looking at Jag and Land Rover.
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Old 08-31-2007, 01:04 AM   #12
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Tata is looking at Jag and Land Rover.

Just great. A worthless automotive manufacturer is attempting to buy Jaguar. Just when Ford was doing something good with it.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:30 AM   #13
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Yeah the front doesnt look anywhere near as good as the back. They should go back and try that one more time
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