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New Jaguar XJ – the Conclusion

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0700

Are the 'Cat's Claws' lights and 'Raptor' nose enough to turn buyers on to the New Jaguar XJ?

The interior was always going to be difficult, but for us it’s a triumph. A great mix of pleasing detail, terrific functionality and technical wizadry. The tech stuff won’t frighten off the technophobes, but there is an absolute plethora of gadgets and gizmos for those who love them. And it feels right. It feels comfortable and cosseting. It feels like you’re in something special. Bravo.

But the proof of the pudding will be in how it drives. It looks like it’s going to be a month or two before there are cars for us to test, so we’ll have to wait. But if the benchmark set by the new XF is matched or bettered, then we feel sure the Jaguar XJ will be a delight. Jaguar claim it will do ‘Waft-Mode’ and uber-saloon GT with equal aplomb. If it does, it will clean up.

Finally, there seems to be a realistic option to the S Class, the 7 Series and the A8. But we don’t think it stops there. We think it makes the Maserati Quattroporte look a bad decision, and puts in to question how sensible a buy a Porsche Panamera will be. We think it is stylish enough to stand up with the Quattroporte and – if its driving dynamics are anything close to expectations – then we’d take one over a Panamera. It looks a lot better – inside and out – and won’t attract the same sort of negativity from the public as a big, bloated Porsche. People are still kindly disposed towards Jaguars – despite the problems of the past – and for anyone considering a Panamera the Jaguar XJ offers a much more enticing prospect.

So far then, a distinct thumbs-up and a big round of applause for Jaguar is certainly deserved. But we reserve final judgement until we’ve driven one.

Looks damn promising though.

For even more detail on the New Jaguar XJ, take a look at our new Jaguar XJ Photo Gallery and the new Jaguar XJ Press Release.

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