XJ concept - heavy on metallic
The Jaguar design team has created this XJ75 Platinum Concept as part of Jaguar's 75th anniversary year, a one-of-a-kind design project that was on display at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance Concept Car Lawn.
The XJ75 is the automaker's first demonstration of the design customisation potential of the striking new XJ luxury saloon and to emphasise Jaguar's dramatic interior and exterior styling themes. The car was on show over the weekend of August 15/16, 2010.
Mike O’Driscoll, MD of Tata-owned Jaguar Cars, said: "This Jaguar highlights the uniqueness of the XJ (it was launched in South Africa in August, 2010) and, more broadly, the increasingly personal nature of luxury cars in today's market.
"The XJ is thoroughly modern and captures the innovative and daring character that our founder Sir William Lyons built into every Jaguar and the design team clearly had some fun making their first one-of-a-kind XJ design concept in that spirit.”
The body is dominated by a striking white/black contrast that suggests platinum but under it all is a long-wheelbase, high-performance, 350kW 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged equipped with front, rear and side sills. The car is finished in a lustrous Satin Matte Pearlescent White, exterior chrome elements have been revised to either dark chrome or gloss black.
The wheel arches are thoroughly filled with 22" black rims with a brushed contrast finish.
The contrast theme continues with gloss pearlescent white air vents, veneers and diamond-stitch suede seat inserts to and headliner, all set against the backdrop of leather upholstery. Suede and leather accents are seen throughout the cabin.
The Jaguar XJ's chief designer, Giles Taylor, said: "From a pure design perspective, the XJ75 concept is foremost about emphasising the striking proportion and presence of the new XJ with a distilled black/white theme that conjures the sense of platinum. At the same time the sporting character of the XJ is brought to the fore by keeping the car's clean graphic approach and further lowering its stance.
“We played up the XJ's combination of high-end materials and British flair to have some rear fun as a design exercise to show our vision of customisation as an inspiration for enthusiasts with a taste for strong individuality and visual confidence in their luxury automobiles.”
Performance on the XJ75 Platinum Concept is derived from its five-litre, supercharged, direct-injection V8. Entertainment is provided by a 1200W Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system with 20 speakers powered through 15 channels and state-of-the-art sound processing technology.
Just like the real thing...