Jaguar, Volvo Give Glimpse at Future

January 8, 2007

At an evening press conference at theDetroit show, Ford’s Premier Automotive Group took the wraps off two concepts already revealed before the show.

Jaguar’s head of design Ian Callum admitted that there were many inconsistencies in the brand’s design history, and pledged from now on to move forward with a consistent style. “We will be challenging people to think of Jaguar in a different way,” said Callum, describing a sporting emphasis for the brand, fashionable and modern with stance and proportion in design, and emotion, especially important. “Our future is even more exciting that this car,” said Callum, while introducing the C-XF, a concept sport sedan that presages the replacement for the S-Type, to be introduced sometime in calendar year 2008.


The sleek sedan has a shape that’s more like a sport coupe, with a new familial grille, a very flowing silhouette, and especially high beltline at the back. The interior is a showcase for new, yet traditional materials, including what Callum described as a “burnt wood finish,” along with opulent interior lighting, a high-performance entertainment system, and gauges that arc from the top. Power is provided by the same engine as the XKR, a 4.2-liter supercharged V-8 with 420 horsepower.


Steve Mattin, design director for Volvo Cars, said that the XC60 Concept provides a “good indication of how the ‘real’ XC60 will look.” The XC is a sure thing, bound for production in a product segment that’s expected to double in the U.S. over two years.


2007 Volvo XC60 Concept

2007 Volvo XC60 Concept

The XC60 Concept definitely resembles Volvo’s larger XC90 crossover, but the XC60 is a little more rakish, with a sloped-up beltline, and its grille is more accented — especially the diagonal accent and Volvo logo. Mattin explained that he wants Volvos to be distinguishable from a distance. In back, the XC60 is also more distinctively Volvo, with the blackout treatment and glass, muscular shoulders, and see-through, split-glass tailgate area borrowed from the upcoming C30 hatchback. Furthermore, it has ‘Volvo’ written clearly across the back in spaced-wide lettering.


Inside, the XC60 is even more distinctive. Designers have taken the ‘floating’ center stack, now an instrument-panel feature in most of Volvo’s vehicles, and made it even more stylishly simplified and minimalistic. “You could almost say, a wall of ice,” said Mattin, who also referred to the iPod. The gauge cluster is equally simplistic, with a large, round speedometer flanked by a message display, which also features alerts for the automaker’s City Safety low-speed accident avoidance system. Another interesting design feature is the 'ponytail slot,' where a gap next to the front seat continues through the back seats through to those split panes at the hatchback, for a driver’s view straight out the back.


The XC60 concept is powered by a 265-hp six-cylinder engine fueled by ethanol.

Related Articles


2007 Detroit Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (1/7/2007)
Lights, cameras, Cobo – action.


2007 Jaguar C-XF Concept by Marty Padgett (1/3/2007)
The S-Type gets a radical makeover.


2008 Jaguar XJ Spy Shots by Hans Lehmann/Hidden Image (12/18/2006)
A facelift to sync up with the new XF.


2007 Volvo XC60 Concept by Marty Padgett (12/13/2006)
A new crossover joins the XC family — and here’s the first stab at it.

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