Jaguar is working on a replacement for its XJ limousine that will go into production in late 2009. The model will be codenamed X351 and it is supposed to be a very important competitor on the luxury market.
Destined to be even more radical than the XF, which replaces the S-Type later this year, X351 is being pitched against some of the most glamorous and desirable cars on the planet.
The next XJ will feature many design elements from the C-XF concept: the narrower nose with narrower headlights (likely to be LED units), the car’s interior design theme is close to that seen in the C-XF concept, but with addition of some hi-tech fixtures and fittings. The C-XF concept also hinted at this with switches grouped around the transmission selector marked ‘Dynamic’, ‘Track’ and ‘Launch’.
X351 will be powered by a 5.0-litre V8 and supercharged V8 engine delivering arround 300 hp. The chassis and running gear are updates of today’s first-rate set-up, although it’s likely that the rear air springs will be dropped for the option of magnetic dampers, whose characteristics can be altered much more quickly.
Ian Callum said: "In my view, by 2010 Jaguar will have the reputation as the most modern car on the road."