Jaguar XJ (X351)
The new-generation Jaguar XJ was first shown in July 2009, where it was unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery in London, with Jay Leno and Elle Macpherson unveiling the new car. It continued Ian Callum’s design revolution for Jaguar, and represented the end of the retro-styled generation, which in some export markets at least, was seen as being a reason to hold back Jaguar’s sale.
As the full-sized flagship of the Jaguar range, it’s a longer, wider car that looks much more imposing than its X350 predecessor. The front has clear links with the XF, although with slimmer, sleeker lights and a larger, squarer grille and more aggressive appearance. The upright, swooping taillights, nicknamed ‘cat’s claws’, and black roof panels each side of the rear screen, which aim to hide the XJ’s width, are the most striking aspects. There is also a standard full-length sunroof, that extends all the way back with just a single body-coloured roof panel that the designer likens to bridges on yachts – it’s mooted for replacement in 2017.
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Keith Adams Jaguar has launched its most luxurious and expensive XJ ever, the Ultimate edition. As it’s been unveiled in China, it’s also the right venue to announce the new 3-litre V6 powertrain, that’s set to power the F-Type when it’s launched in 2013, has been added to the range – expanding the big cat’s […]
Keith Adams We wouldn’t say that the XJ is a make-or-break car for Jaguar commercially, as the XF and XK have both proven highly successful for the leaping cat. However, in one respect, the XJ is hugely important to the company – it represents the final stage of a three-phase plan to replace retro design with […]
Keith Adams Hosted by Jay Leno, one of the world’s best-known chat show hosts and a renowned car enthusiast, the launch of the new Jaguar flagship was attended by an invited audience that included public figures, business leaders, celebrities and media. Jaguar Cars Managing Director, Mike O’Driscoll, commented: “These are truly exciting times for us […]
Keith Adams These images of the new Jaguar XJ can confirm that it’s going to be a great looking car which successfully advances the XF styling scheme and allows the Coventry carmaker to go head to head against the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The wraps will be taken off the XJ live online at […]