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New Jaguar XJ – best photo yet

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0700

The best picture yet of the new Jaguar XJ - due to be revealed in July

Due to be shown officially in July, before a full presentation at Frankfurt in September, the new Jaguar XJ is designed to take the fight to BMW, Audi and Mercedes. And if how it looks is anything to go by Jaguar will have another big success on its hands, to go along with the XF.

Although based on the existing XJ’s lightweight chassis (nothing wrong with that) but with a back end which is very much derived from the XF,  the car is totally re-skinned, and looks finally how a modern Jaguar luxury saloon should.

The engine choice for the new XJ will start with the very good 3.0 litre twin-turbo that was recently launched in the XF (and will be used in the new Land Rovers), the new 5.0 litre V8 in naturally aspirated form and a barn-storming (and big-German eating) XJR, which will feature the Supercharged version of the 5.0 litre V8, offering over 500bhp and a 0-60 time of around 4.7 seconds.

The interior will feature oodles of high-quality wood and leather, but will also feature a whole raft of high-tech goodies.

It’s hard to believe that the XF is just one generation removed from the S. But it is even more astonishing that this very much 21st century XJ is just one away from the previous generation XJ which was, to all intents and purposes (or at least perceived as by a car buying public), a slightly refined version of the original XJ from 1968. The retro-evolution in car design has worked for the Porsche 911 over the years, but it was always Jaguar’s biggest problems. This new car will put Jaguar back at the top of the heap.

By Cars UK