Interior Design for big cats

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The large Jaguar sedans of the past decade have been notable for looking as much like the 1960’s XJ6 as they could, right down to the traditional wood and leather interiors.

This retro trend was halted some years ago when design chief Ian Callum was given the task of reinventing the range, starting with the XK coupe in 2008 and followed by the new XF sedan a year later.

The latest XJ has just been launched, and it is completely new, and best of all, the designers have re-thought the luxury car interior while they were at it.

The XJ’s cabin is by far the most beautiful in its class. Ian Callum and his team have struck a balance between traditional luxury and modern appeal.

The feature that stands out is a belt that separates the bottom of the windscreen and the top of the leather-lined dashboard with a strip of wood grain that matches the large wood sections in the doors. There is an uncluttered dash board which is dominated by four large air vents with chrome centres, which perhaps could be considered a nod to retro design, but which looks fresh in this beautiful car.

Yours in design

Richard-actyl