Jaguar’s Callum on the XJ and More
“The new XJ is a thoroughly modern interpretation of the quintessential Jaguar. Its visual impact stems from the teardrop shape of the car’s side windows, a powerful stance and wide track. It is the most emphatic statement yet of Jaguar’s new design direction.” That’s a statement from Ian Callum, Jaguar Cars, design director, about the stately and sumptuous new XJ. Lest you think that this is just some sort of execu-yacht, note that it is available with a direct-injected 5.0-liter (or that would be litre) supercharged V8 that provides a 0 to 60 time of 4.7 seconds for the aluminum (a.k.a., aluminium) structure. This is something to be driven, not driven in.
If you want to learn more about what Ian Callum thinks about the XJ—as well as about the challenges developing aluminum vehicles, about what it means now that Jaguar is owned by Tata, not Ford, and how he feels about designers becoming business executives—check him out on this presentation of John McElroy’s Autoline Detroit. In addition to McElroy, Callum is questioned by Eddie Alterman, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver, and your autofieldblogger. (And don’t overlook this Internet-only extra segment.)