Well, we've now got the first running video of the just revealed 2009 Jaguar XF and yes, it certainly looks better on the road than it did when we first saw the press shots. However, it's still a few steps removed from the hotness that was the concept C-XF revealed at the this year's Detroit Auto Show. And by a few steps, we probably mean flights of stairs. But we digress, at least now we know a little bit more about the sedan that Jaguar hopes will give the pretty kitty brand the title of "the sports sedan brand of the world." Because you know, "it's theirs for the taking." We didn't realize how much the speedometer and tachometer look like the eyes of a cat on that dark black instrument panel. Scary! Guess we'll be waiting to check out the dash ourselves in two weeks at the Frankfurt Auto Show when it's officially unveiled. [Motor Authority]
I have to agree with Ray that the model shown in this video looks better in motion, but is still a world away from the concept. My main gripe is the headlamps, which are a MAJOR DEPARTURE from the ones I and many others were hoping would make the transition unscathed.
It wasn't as if the catlike headlights of the concept were just too radical and outrageous for production....in fact they were the one element that held the face of the car together; everything falls apart without them, IMO. That's a real friggin' shame.
If I were a Jaguar enthusiast, I would write them asking why such a drastic change was made so late in the game, and why the designers feel that evoking the look of a Buick, Subaru, or Monte Carlo was made a priority so suddenly.
All the closeups of a man's gesturing hands can't fix the fact they completely screwed up the face. The rear is decent, but it's like looking at the back of an Aston, not a Jaguar.
Also, I was kinda hoping Jeremy Clarkson would actually lose a limb, and Jaguar prevented that.