After a prolonged teaser campaign, Jaguar has let the, err, cat out of the bag. Today in London, Elle Macpherson and Jay Leno took the wraps off the 2011 Jaguar XJ. The new XJ is set to compete with the S-class/7-series/A8 trio, but also, Jag hopes, with the Panamera and Quattroporte. Obviously, Ian Callum has been busy these last few years since the release of the successful XF sedan, but has all his work paid off with a successful, coherent design?
The answer, and a 16-image gallery of the new XJ, are below.
Just FYI, in England all of the schoolmasters who teach car design preach one thing when it comes to designing a top of the line model for a range: add vents and bulges e-ver-y-where. Don’t believe me? I have proof. The most recent British bruiser, before 4WheelsNews let the figurative cat out of the figurative bag, was the Aston Martin DBS. One look at the hood of the DBS and the XFR and you’d think they were stamped in the same factory. Alas, although the two marques are British, they are owned by two separate Middle Eastern companies, each from very different countries. Thus leading me to the logical conclusion that is it the British designers who are responsible for this similarity and *clear throat* tacky approach. And who is responsible for what these designers learned in school? The schoolmasters. It’s about time we put a stop to these Emissaries of Education because I don’t know how many more vents and bulges I can take. Follow the jump for more leaked details on the upcoming XFR.
It’s December – actually the first December for CarEnvy, and that gives us a unique opportunity: we can be more detached and objective than any other site or magazine because we haven’t driven any of the contenders here. While you might think it odd that we’re giving awards to cars we haven’t driven, you probably haven’t driven them either, and following the industry is beyond an obsession for us so we do have a good idea of what’s good, what’s bad, and what we want. We here at CarEnvy don’t have the luxury of manufacturer invites to press days, but that hasn’t stopped us yet. When the day comes for us to attend such press events, we’ll give you the perspective of the youngest, most Canadian, and most honest individuals around. Until we’re in the shoes of Jeremy, James, and Richard, you’re going to have to make do with our opinions as armchair analysts. Besides, you don’t have to drive a car to want it more than anything.
CarEnvy is about just that, lusting after gorgeous sheetmetal and intoxicating engine sounds. So we’ve decided to find you the most desirable and important cars to hit the streets in 2008 – the Cars Of The Year (COTY). This is not from the perspective of which car is the best to drive or which one handles the best, because we have little first-hand experience. This is a list of winners (and contenders) from eight separate categories based on which one we want the most. Beers were consumed and hours were spent discussing which car would make us the envy of our neighbours and which would have us nursing a semi just by sitting in the drivers seat.
The criteria are simple. The winning car in each category must
- Be desirable
- Be very desirable
- Be more desirable than its competitors without regard for practicality or price (unless needed to break a tie)
- Be sold in Canada in 2008 (but not if #1 and #2 are overwhelming)
- Be cars. We aren’t called TruckEnvy or SUVEnvy.
Madames et Monsieurs, put your hands together for the inaugural CarEnvy COTY Awards.