Jaguar unveils new coupe concept

Jaguar Cars has revealed a new concept car, the Advanced Lightweight Coupe at the NAIAS motor show in Detroit, USA.

Featuring aluminium accents and leather inside, the 2+2 sports 21-inch wheels, telematics, a paddle-operated gearshift, and aluminium bodywork and chassis. Few details have yet emerged as to performance and other oily bits, nor whether this is destined to be the XK8 replacement.

In terms of of design though, the company reckons that the concept "represents the very essence of Jaguar, its heart and soul. If you want to know what lies ahead for us, what direction we will take – this is Jaguar's answer", according to chairman and CEO Joe Greenwell.

Design

The coupe rides on 21-inch alloy wheels with custom Pirelli tyres while new chrome gills behind the front wheels aid engine cooling and also improve aerodynamic flow to the rear.

The car’s cabin is said to be more spacious and better packaged than previous Jaguar coupes, with impressive headroom and multi-directional sports front seats and individual bucket seats in the rear. The interior is trimmed throughout in a tan leather which has visible stitching on the hides that line the doors and the dashboard.

Aluminium inserts are spread throughout the car to act as jewellery that accentuates the contemporary feel of the cabin. Its focal point is the central dashboard console that houses an advanced Alpine telematics screen which provides user feedback in the form of a ‘pulse’ when you touch the on-screen buttons.

The instrument binnacle has been designed to relate to the shape of the steering wheel and houses a high-resolution screen between its dials that provides the driver with a secondary source of infotainment and satellite-navigation information.

Behind the steering wheel sit the gearshift levers that operate an automatic paddleshift transmission – the first time this technology has appeared on a Jaguar. The paddles are mounted to the wheel itself, rather than the steering column, to ensure that at whatever angle the wheel is held, the driver doesn’t have to take his concentration away from the road. Just the kind of touch you’d expect in what is, first and foremost, a driver’s car.

Engineering

Were it to become a product, the new Jaguar would be the most potent 2+2 the company has ever created. Thanks to a technologically advanced aluminium architecture – which is around 40 percent lighter and 60 percent stiffer than a standard steel body – and V8 powertrain assembly, the car would be capable of reaching 60mph in less than five seconds and a top speed north of 180mph.

Its aluminium chassis similar to that used in the new XJ saloon is constructed using many of the same advanced technologies, and is said to be "lightweight, strong and stiff".

It includes dynamic aids such as computer-controlled active suspension, as well as adaptive cruise control and active restraint technology system – all features that Jaguar already has on its production cars. Like Jaguar’s XJ and S-Type saloons, it also features an adjustable pedal box.

Conclusion

"I firmly believe that Jaguars should appear powerful as well as elegant," said design director Ian Callum. "Look back at the great cars from our past and you will see that they were as muscular and taut as they were subtle and curvaceous. That’s what confident Jaguar design is all about."

Jaguar MD Bibiana Boerio said, "This car takes our coupe design onto another level. It is muscular without being over the top – a naturally honed athlete. Just like its predecessors, we believe the next generation of Jaguars should be different from anything else in the marketplace. We are not trying to copy our rivals because we have our own path to take. We know what that path is and we are showing the way."

"This car is as clear a statement on the strength and confidence of the company as we could possibly make," said Greenwell. "Its design is assertive and pure – a perfect symbol for our 21st century cars – and beneath that beautiful body lies the heart and soul of a true Jaguar sports car."

"The Advanced Lightweight Coupe marks a return to the core values of Jaguar," said Bibiana Boerio, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars. "There is a determination in every department of this company to produce a new range of cars that provides the total Jaguar experience and this car is the first evidence of that determination.

"Aspirational and exclusive, with contemporary design and stunning performance, the Advanced Lightweight Coupe is conceived as a special car for special people. It represents the unique position that Jaguar holds in the market place – and even more it tells the world that we are set to make another bold leap forward. For Jaguar, the future begins now."

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  • dinkel 11 Feb 2005

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  • IPAddis 20 Jan 2005

    havoc said:

    Have you ever worked in the car industry???


    No, is it a requirement for this thread?

    havoc said:

    ...Jag will make a LOT more profit out of the S-Type and XJ than they will out of the XK


    I'm not arguing that.

    havoc said:

    You only recall the D- and E-Types from the past, because they were the "sexy" products, but I will bet any reasonable sum that Jaguar actually made the majority of it's money in that period off of the more mundane saloons they produced.


    True, and I'm not saying that Jaguar shouldn't build saloons (although the less mundane the better). Do you not think that some of the sales of the saloons can be attributed to the success and glamour of the D and E Types?

    havoc said:

    Now grow up!


    I'm quite happy to have a reasoned, intelligent debate with you. There's no need for this. I haven't made disparaging remarks about your comments and I would appreciate the same courtesy. We can disagree without name calling.

    Ian A.

  • havoc 20 Jan 2005

    [quote=dinkel] so no Aston . . .

    One can consider an 80s Rari . . .
    [quote]
    Aston's start, even with the new V8 2-seater, at £80k+, vs £50-some thousand for the XK.

    '80s 'rari's were sh1t3, quite frankly. Once you got past the very competent 328, the 348 and the T-rossa were pure drivel. And still different cars to Jags. Not quite sure why they keep popping up in this thread.

  • dinkel 20 Jan 2005

    havoc said:


    The XK's obvious rivals are:-
    911
    BMW 6-series
    Maser Coupe
    Merc SL

    Very few people looking at the XK will look much further than that shortlist.


    so no Aston . . .

    One can consider an 80s Rari . . .

    I'll have the 6.

  • jas xjr 19 Jan 2005

    just thought i would comment on this.
    i dont mean to offend anyone but i have always considered the xk a little ugly,i am sure you xk drivers might not be to keen to be seen in my xjr.
    but i must say i do like this car,in a beter colour,amongst other cars it will look a lot better i am sure.
    i think i would buy one, cant say anymore.....

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