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Old 05-15-2020, 08:09 AM
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IMO the issue with the current XJ has more to do with the detailing than the move to a fastback design.
What where they trying to do with that C pillar? If they blacked it out to give it a floating roof look, then why didnt they follow it with the chrome surround?
And the front bonnet shutline visually rises the grille and breaks up the front end in a weird way.
In terms of overall design execution i think the XE is the best example of this design language.
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:15 AM
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IMO the issue with the current XJ has more to do with the detailing than the move to a fastback design.
What where they trying to do with that C pillar? If they blacked it out to give it a floating roof look, then why didnt they follow it with the chrome surround?
And the front bonnet shutline visually rises the grille and breaks up the front end in a weird way.
In terms of overall design execution i think the XE is the best example of this design language.
The XE, or the face lifted first gen XF (that was IMO, in and outside, properly good looking);
That said I agree, the shape is not the problem (and I even didn't think the blacked out pillar was a deal breaker,even if I wouldn't have minded the absence; I just think the rear lights are weird, but altogether, I like the current XJ)
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Old 05-15-2020, 09:51 PM
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I think the idea was to visually widen the rear window, but the execution is not good and in some ways odd it went through, though refreshing for a manufacturer to be confident enough to follow through with an idea.
The story I heard about the design of this car was that a design team was tasked with a hypothetical exercise for a top end Lexus, the idea was to remove the team from all the baggage of a historic brand. Once completed the next task was to make it a Jaguar.
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:20 PM
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How curious. The Jag targeted the quality of a Lexus, that certainly would've made sense. But, with only a few exceptions, the styling of Lexuses has never been any particularly noteworthy (IMHO).

I actually loved the idea of the floating roof they had. It looks as if there is an unbroken line of glass from B-pillar to B-plilar, wrapping around the back light, interrupted only by the stylish, curved chrome C-pillar. The car is very sizable (and slab-sided) and needed something like to break up the visual weight of the car.

The problem is that, in-person and up close, it's clear the chrome C-pillar is an illusion, and the black glass sort of cheapens the whole thing. And, again, it's also clear how big the car is, in-person (not very Jaguar-esque).
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