JAGUAR WILL ALWAYS BUILD A SPORTS CAR

According to Top Gear’s television show, Jaguar will never stop having a sports car model in its range:

The world is in love with SUVs. Sales are booming and if there’s a niche on stilts that hasn’t been filled we’re yet to think what it could possibly be.

Jaguar now sells three of the things – the F-Pace, E-Pace and all-electric I-Pace. However, director of design Ian Callum has confirmed that no matter how popular SUVs become, the company’s future model line-up will always include a two-door sports car.

Currently represented by the F-Type, Jag has a long history with coupes, and Callum himself has a pretty strong back catalogue in the segment too. The Scotsman has penned the Ford Puma, the Aston Martin DB7 and DB9, the Volvo C70, Jaguar XK and the F-Type. Blimey.

“There will always be a Jag two door coupe in the line-up because that’s the story of what we’re about, and you can’t build a brand without a story,” he says.

“So yes, a two-door coupe is essential to the brand. The volumes may not be high but we will build two-door sports cars and the rest will grow from that.”

The question of potential powertrains is one that Jaguar is keen to avoid though – Callum says ‘either’ when we quiz him on whether a future coupe should be electric or stick to fossil fuels. “You’ll have to wait and see.”

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XE REFRESHED AND EVEN BETTER

We are big fans of the XE, and believe it is perhaps Jaguar’s best balance car at speed along with the I-Pace. Now the XE has been updated.

According to Jaguar’s release:

The new Jaguar XE delivers an enhanced exterior design, all-new luxurious interior and advanced technologies, including a segment-first ClearSight rear view mirror, utilising a wide-angle rear facing camera. The XE also becomes first-in-class to offer a diesel variant compliant with the stringent RDE2 NOx emissions limit, well ahead of the January 2021 legislative deadline. This aids company car drivers with a 4% BIK rate cut and also private retail buyers through a reduced first year VED charge.

The XE’s beautifully-crafted all-new interior features extensive use of soft-touch materials, premium veneers and all-new door trims that improve usability and practicality. New XE’s luxurious and technology-packed interior delivers more comfort, quality and connectivity for all occupants. Every aspect of the cabin has been enhanced for increased convenience, improved stowage and better passenger comfort.

The influence of Jaguar’s flagship two-seater sportscar is also evident as both the SportShift gear selector and JaguarDrive Control switch shared with the F-TYPE are on the revised centre console.

A new steering wheel, shared with the all-electric I-PACE, features hidden-until-lit graphics and capacitive switches for intuitive, tactile control of key functions.

With additional customer-focused specification as standard, the XE is also better value than ever before.

XE’s entry-level specification now features an automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels, electric leather seats, all-LED headlights and tail-lights with updated signature graphics, front and rear park aid, rear camera and lane keep assist. Customers can select from S, SE and HSE trim levels, with each also available in sporty R-Dynamic guise. A range of option packs provide even greater personalisation:

  • Dynamic Handling Pack: Configurable Dynamics, Adaptive Dynamics, Performance Brakes, Coloured Brake Calipers, Bootlid Spoiler
  • Cold Climate Pack: Heated Windscreen, Heated Steering Wheel, Headlight Washers
  • Technology Pack: Head-Up Display, Solar Windscreen, Touch Pro Duo, Interactive Driver Display, Wireless Charging, ClearSight Interior Rear View Mirror
  • Convenience Pack: Gesture Bootlid, Keyless Entry, Electric Steering Column Adjustment, Additional Power Sockets
  • Premium Interior Upgrade Pack: Illuminated Treadplates, Bright Pedals, Configurable Ambient Lighting

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PROTOTYPE XJ-C FOUND AND SELLING

We have an unashamed passion for XJ-Cs, and it is one of the few models for which prototypes, built two and half years before the model went on sale, exist.

We have the full records on each of those cars, and they keep turning up – not often in brilliant condition it needs to be said.

The latest find came to attention abandoned in a paddock, but it is the real deal with an interesting history, and appears to be complete and totally original.

The car is LHD 4.2 litre manual overdrive XJ-C chassis #2.

It was completed on March 3, 1973 using hand-built body #6. Like many others of the first XJ-Cs, it was converted to RHD by Jaguar for use by its executives.

It was and is Greensand with narrow pleated leather trim in Olive. Its conversion happened in April 1974, after which it was loaned to Roger Bell at Thoroughbred and Classic Car for his use.

Jaguar’s Engineering Director Jim Randle was allocated the car on May 20, 1974.

Now the sad but saveable car is for sale in the UK by Barons and we would encourage anyone to consider it. You don’t get surviving prototypes any more for obvious reasons.

Let’s not lose this one.

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NEW EDITION #196 ON-LINE

As I write this, our edition #196 is being uploaded on-line at magzter.com

It is a huge and far-ranging magazine with the first rod test by us of the all-electric I-Pace, and the exclusive discovery of the first XJ-Ss being built in 1972!!!

Actually, we have established from those who worked on them at the time, they are XJ27s not XJ-Ss and only ten were built.

We have found the first two of those cars built, and which only had a body number and not a VIN – both survive in Australia. One more might still be alive in the US.

What too of a husband and wife who bought an XK-R Portfolio new, one of only 100 cars built of which ten came to Australia? We brought three of those cars together. The Harlow’s sold their Portfolio, but missed it so much they bought it back! They tell their story.

One man bought an XJ6 Series 1 at 17 and found it was a rust bucket. He vowed to replace it with his ideal XJ6 – and has done that to perfection.

Reims is home to a track where Jaguar was very successful in race and testing. It fell into decay on public roads just out of the city, but now enthusiasts are bringing it back to life.

Then there is the charismatic David Hobbs – his parents were Australian, he was a Daimler/Jaguar Apprentice, F1 and F5000 racer, multi Le Mans podium place-getter, car dealer, race TV commentator and so much more. We profile the great man.

… that is just the start of what we have in this new edition.

Hardcopy magazines are out next week and in the shops and mail for our loyal subscribers.

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IAN CALLUM DECLARED AN ‘ICON’ IN LONDON

Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar, has been honoured with the prestigious ‘Icon Award’ at this year’s London Classic Car Show. Acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents, the award recognises Callum’s illustrious career and his impact throughout the industry.

The fifth annual London Classic Car Show showcased a celebratory exhibition of some of Callum’s most notable and career-defining cars; including the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and the F-TYPE, winner of 2013 ‘World Car Design of the Year’. Significant cars from Ian’s early career such as the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and Ford RS200 were also on display.

Accepting the award, Ian Callum said, “It is an honour to be chosen by The London Classic Car Show as its 2019 Icon and be recognised for my contribution to car design. It was a hugely special moment for me to see such a large collection of my life’s work in the one place – that has never happened before.”

Event Director for The London Classic Car Show, Bas Bungish said, “Ian was an obvious choice as this year’s Icon. His incredible career has brought us some of the most recognisable and celebrated models on our roads today, and in our garages as coveted future classics.”

Ian Callum spent his early career at Ford Design Studios before becoming Chief Designer of TWR Design. Callum has been at the forefront of the transformation of Jaguar’s design aesthetic since joining the brand in 1999.

In 2005, Ian was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA and in 2014 received the Minerva Medal – the highest accolade bestowed by the Chartered Society of Designers, awarded for a lifetime’s achievement in design. Callum continues to lead a team of highly talented designers at Jaguar’s design studios in Coventry and has received six honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

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