Coventry, England - Until the first-generation XF hit the scene 12 years ago, Jaguar’s design language had barely changed in 40 years, at least when it came to mainstream saloons - there were obviously some distinctive looking sports cars introduced before that time, such as the XJS, XK and XJ220.
And the man who ushered in the far more modern design language still found on today’s sedans and crossovers is none other than Ian Callum, who has just announced his departure from the British carmaker.
Scottish-born Callum headed up Jaguar’s design department for 20 years, and will be succeeded by Julian Thompson, who is currently the brand’s Creative Design Director.
That’s not necessarily the last that Jaguar will see of Callum, however, as the stalwart still plans to stick around as a consultant.
Callum says that creating the original XF was one of the biggest highlights of his career because it represented a new design era that moved the brand from traditional to contemporary.