Jaguar XJ75 Platinum Concept -- custom cat with the look of tomorrow

By Editors on August 17, 2010 6:27 AM

Jaguar has kept plenty busy finding creative ways to celebrate its 75 years in business. The latest exercise to surface broke cover at this weekend's Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance, where the Jaguar XJ75 Platinum Concept made its debut along with the public debut of the previously announced Jaguar XKR175 Limited Edition model.

In coming up with the first one-off based on its new XJ sedan, the Jag design team led by Ian Callum and Giles Taylor attempted to push the envelope in a way that would emphasize a more evocative look while adding an even keener edge to the premium character of this luxury four-door. Based on the XJL Supercharged version that's powered by a 470-horsepower/5.0-liter force-fed V8, the Jaguar XJ75 Platinum Concept is rendered in white and black with the intent of eliciting the feel of platinum. Finished in Satin Matte Pearlescent White paint, the body is fitted with more aggressively shaped front and rear fascias plus unique side sills that create a visually lowered stance. All of the normal brightwork has been redone in either dark chrome or gloss black -- including the classic Jag "leaper" on its rear deck. The package is set off by a set of custom 22-inch alloy wheels, also done in black with natural brush-finish contrast accents.

Taylor's team had an equally well-measured go at the cabin of this one-off, which displays a parallel high-contrast/high-luxury look. The Jet Softgrain leather upholstery and diamond-stitch suede seat inserts are complemented with premium wood veneers done in Silk White and air vents in pearlescent white. As a final flourish, the center console in the Jaguar XJ75 Platinum Concept holds a bespoke clock created in concert with the Bremont Watch Company, a British-based maker of premium mechanical timepieces that are hand-assembled in Switzerland.

What does the future hold for this distinctive exercise in Jaguar possibility thinking? Chris Lilley, General Manager Project Planning, more than hinted at where he'd like to see it lead. "We're going to pay close attention to the response it gets here at Pebble Beach. And if it all works out, we'd love to bring a concept like this to market as a limited edition."