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Jaguar XF scoop and video (2008)

By Tim Pollard

Spy shots

15 March 2007 02:18

Will the Jaguar C-XF concept car make it into production unscathed?

Not quite, judging by these new spy photos and video. The show car's arcing coupe-like roofline has, inevitably, had to be raised to make space for rear-seat passengers taller than three-foot high. But the flavour of the C-XF concept remains intact, insist Jaguar officials. Although this prototype is disguised, it appears that the S-type successor is a big change from today's retro-styled saloon. Officials who've seen the XF claim it's the concept car 'minus 25 percent'. So what's been lost? Well, these photos suggest the bonnet is a bit higher, the windscreen angle slightly more upright, the roofline taller and the door handles are now conventionally sited.

Great scoop photos, but what will the XF look like inside?

Sadly our spies were unable to photograph the interior, but we hear that the XF will develop the theme of the concept car's cabin, minus the show trickery. So the horizontal beam across the dashboard will survive, but the roller-style air-vents and funky blue lighting will be toned down. Jaguar is between a rock and a hard place with the XF. In one corner, critics lambast the S-type's olde-worlde image and continuing reliance on cautious retro design; in the other, fans love the fact that Jags shun the flash-in-a-pan modernist trends of some German rivals. The XF is the car that will define how Jaguar is negotiating the tightrope.