More than just a show stopper, the concept embodies the look of Jaguar’s future sedans. The new design starts in front with a deeply recessed grille filled in with menacing black chrome mesh and a large centrally inset logo. This most likely means no more Jaguar ornaments leaping off the hood. Designers wanted C-XF to look as if it was milled from a solid piece of metal.
The big rectangular face also serving as an air intake is a drastic departure from the oval designs typical of Jaguar sedans. Also new up front is the slim cat’s-eye enclosure around the normally exposed circular twin-beam headlamps.
The interior blends brushed aluminum, wood, leather, and ambient lighting effects. Running between the seats, a tall central transmission tunnel gives passengers a sense of being enclosed within a cockpit, rather than just sitting in a car. Instead of the typical glossy burl veneers, areas of the doors and the transmission tunnel have been carved from poplar that was scorched to obtain a rich satin feel. The leather, which has no visible stitching, has a unique carbon fiber weave that speaks to C-XF’s performance attributes. Interior designer Alister Whelan says the unusual interior finishes allow for new ideas and themes to be explored.