Jaguar Cars says its new C-XF concept car signals the new design direction for the iconic marque.

The concept, set to debut at this month’s 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, was designed by the same team that produced the ’07 Jaguar XK coupe and convertible. The team was headed up by Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum and Advanced Design chief Julian Thomson.

Jaguar says the 4-door concept sedan “blends dynamic, modern features with classic heritage cues.” The car boasts single, slim-wedged headlamps derived from the twin-lamp motif seen on past Jaguars.

Inside, the C-XF is fitted with lightweight, sculpted bucket-style front seats and twin individual rear bucket seats.

A jeweled power button adorns the center console and pulses like a heartbeat. Once pushed, aluminum rings lower from the center console to reveal the gearshift knob. Upon starting the engine, a blue light sweeps through the cabin, culminating in a final blue light that shines from the front grille, signifying the car’s ignition.

The C-XF concept is powered by a 4.2L supercharged V-8.