Jaguar says that designing its current model line-up to look similar is a deliberate and considered step, while the British brand goes through a global revitalisation program.
Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new Jaguar F-Pace in Montenegro this week, the brand’s head of design, world-famous car designer Ian Callum, said that the decision to make the new SUV look so similar to Jaguar’s other models was very measured.
“I personally got involved with this, it’s a very deliberate decision at the moment.” Callum told CarAdvice about the F-Pace’s design similarities to other Jaguars.
“I want Jaguars to look very similar because I want momentum, scale [and] size around the world,” he said.
“I want people to see the front face of that car and realise that’s a Jag, because at the moment that doesn’t happen. It happens in the UK, but it doesn’t happen in America [and some other markets].”
“We are just not well-enough known at the moment – and perhaps it’s a slightly risky point – but at the moment we need to get scale of the brand out there, and that’s why the similarity is there,” Callum said.
“We need to get people to recognise us. Albeit we are small and niche, as part of a much bigger family, and the only way to do that is make sure all our cars have similarities.”
Callum denied that the design direction was in response to brands like Audi, which follows a very similar philosophy of small evolutions across generations and significant similarities across the model lineup.
“It’s not a ploy to make us look like Audi or BMW, in fact I was always against that, but I realise now that we have got to get that volume and face out… It’s a policy, it’s a design thing, it wasn’t driven by marketing or anything.”
Even so, the design directive will allow for greater differentiation in the future once the brand is better established worldwide.
“Next generation? We will start to divert a little more because people will know what the brand is, I can show you the next-generation of XE and XF and it will diversify a bit more, because hopefully by then people will know a lot more about Jaguars,” Callum said.
The most clearly similar aspect is the front grille, which Callum admits is unlikely to change any time soon.
“The grille itself, we created it, I don’t want to change that while I am there. I think the grille is there for at least while I am there… it’s subtle and it does stem from the old XJ grille [series one] which I love dearly so it’s part of that face and when you see them they do have a certain character of their own, so I think we would be mad to change them now, specially for this car.”
The new Jaguar F-Pace SUV will arrive in local showrooms by July.