Next Jaguar XJ Promises To Be “Something Quite Special”

The Jaguar XJ is getting long-in-tooth but Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum has revealed an all-new model is on the horizon.

Speaking to Car Magazine, Callum said “We’ve gone through a lot of debate on the XJ and come up with something quite special.” He was tight-lipped on specifics but stated “As we work on the next one [XJ], I’ll make sure it holds onto the values of the first one and the latest one.” The styling guru declined to say when the model will be introduced but he confirmed the car will not be unveiled next year which is the 50th anniversary of the XJ.

Besides talking about the XJ, Callum said automotive design in reaching a turning point as electrification and autonomous driving technology will change everything we known about car design. While everyone is going to have to deal with the changes, Callum said “If we could all jump forward 30 years, we’d all be happy to do that.”

Despite the upcoming changes, Callum said “If you want a brand to prosper, you need to create extremities, such as the Porsche 911. It’s arguable that the Boxster is a better car, but it’s about the outliers.” He added Jaguar has “always been about exotic sports cars” and that needs to continue in the future.

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  • It better be… current one is all kinds of wrong, styling wise.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I love the look of the current one.

      • Oliver Moore

        It can be limiting with rear headroom though, which is crucial for a car of this class, but it does look amazing though.

      • True & ugly women need lovin’ too.

        Jaguar hit it big time with the F-Type, hope they can do something similarly good looking with their sedans… Smaller ones are a bit better looking, but XJ… just no.

    • LJ

      The current XJ photographs terribly, but looks fantastic in person.

      • It is big – which is imposing – but no. I see one every day and think about the designer’s inspiration, where exactly it went terribly wrong (almost every detail, beside the shape).

        • Six Thousand Times

          I think it was just all the weird details that kill it.

  • Bill Nguyen

    I remember reading awhile ago that they were debating whether to make a new XJ generation, so I’m glad to hear they’re still making one. I love big sedans!

  • Prefiero Elanonimato

    They have to go full electric

  • brn

    XJ and XK designs, interior and exterior, are what the Jaguar reputation was based on. It is in need of an update, but they’ve quite a balancing act ahead of them. I hope they realize how much is riding on this.

  • I hope they maintained the “elegant and classic” Jaguar design, because frankly it’s really hard to choose when all your competitor offer a lot of better in term of tech or dynamic. But Jaguar always stand out from the crowd.

    • they stand out because they sell so few of them, simple as that


    could be based on stretched XF

  • Bash

    The word (Quite) is fishy a bit.. imo

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    There were a lot of speculations surrounding the Jaguar XJ lifespan which could have come to a halt, basically for poor sales in the U.S., but I am satisfied the director of design for Jaguar, Callum, has confirmed there will be another XJ, although it could be several years before the public can get an eye on the prize, or to make the matter worse, Jaguar, at any time, could cancel the proposal in part to stiffer competition.

  • Oliver Moore

    I hope the wait is worth it.

  • Afi Keita James

    Full Size cars are fighting back hard.

  • serfah

    what a travesty, given Jaguar’s heritage. They haven’t produced any decent styling since the original XJ6..

  • Six Thousand Times

    It’s gonna have a nice big V-12 and…damn, it’ll probably be sone craptastic “hybrid.”

  • Enter Ranting

    The dashboard looks like a cartoon frog with a TV in its mouth.

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