Jaguar has found its new styling directing with the XF. That’s why when the 2010 XJ breaks cover, don’t be surprised if the big brother is taking some major cues from the smaller sibling. Taking that idea to the extreme is the rendered photo above. Starting with an XF, this shot uses the coupe-within-a-sedan look and gives it a less sloping C-pillar to give the car better rear headroom. The whole body is a little more sedate than the XF, possibly suggesting the bigger cat wants to be a little subtler.
When the official specs are announced, we expect engine choices to be variations of the new 5.0-liter V8 that will range from 400 to 500 hp. There is also expected to be a diesel version that will not make it to the U.S. Just like the XF, where it used its predecessor car as a chassis base, the 2010 XJ will likely carryover the current car’s aluminum chassis.
Now all we can do is hope that Jaguar can stay on task with this car. The new XJ is currently scheduled for 2010. But as projects are being canceled from major manufacturers because of slowing sales, small luxury carmakers like Jaguar have seen their showroom numbers trickle to almost nothing. Although Jaguar still has the large corporate parent Tata behind it, its plant is currently at idle. The unions in England are asking the government for aid to safeguard manufacturing jobs at the car factories. All of this does not add up to a large investment in a new luxury car anytime soon.
Jaguar released information about its revisions to the European versions of its oldie-but-goodie XJ. Although there was no official word on what will make it across the pond in 2009, we can take a pretty good guess.
Since the car is up for a complete redesign in 2010, there is not a whole lot of innovation expected for 2009. New things to expect in from this XJ include improved seats with cooling function, standard navigation, parking radar, and bi-xenon lighting.
One thing that we don’t expect is for any of the 2.7-liter diesel versions to make the boat trip. Instead we’ll solider on with the big ’ol 4.2-liter V8. Oddly enough Jaguar is calling the supercharged version of this engine the "Super V8", instead of any mention of the XJR (which is one level below the Super in the U.S.). This may suggest the XJR name will be dropped in anticipation of the V8 getting enlarged to 5.0-liters, and/or the XJR reappearing with the 5.0-liter engine at a later date.
The pricing revealed for the 2009 XJ line is within £1,000 or less than last year’s pricing. Hopefully that will sat that way for the States too.
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Although we’ve caught the 2010 Jaguar XJ testing under the cloak of the current car’s skin, this looks like possibly the first shot at the new body for the future full-size Jag.
The XJ series has always followed similar styling trough all of its refreshes over the last 40 years, but now it seems all bets are off for 2010. Everything is subject to change from the little details like the "J-gate" shifter to the entire body styling. Rumors peg the new XJ as taking design cues from the XF, and will likely take the shape of the coupelike sedan that Jaguar is famous for designing.
When the car is unveiled by the end of 2009, expect engine choices to be variations of the new 5.0-liter V8 that will range from 400 to 500 hp. There is also expected to be a diesel version that will not make it to the U.S. Just like the XF, where it used its predecessor car as a chassis base, the 2010 XJ will likely carryover the current car’s aluminum chassis.
Jaguar will unveil the next generation XJ at the end of 2009 as a 2010 model. It will be a totally redesigned model, with design cues taken from the latest C-XF Concept and from the XF sedan. This sneak peak photo was taken while it was caught testing at the Nurburgring.
The 2010 XJ uses the internal code X351 and will feature the aluminium chassis of the current XJ but wears all-new bodywork. Jaguar wants it to be a serious competitor for the Aston Martin Rapide.
Until its official debut next year check our preview on the 2010 Jaguar XJ.
There are award categories for cars with the best engine, best design and even security. Here’s another you can add to that list. The car with the best towing ability.
In this year’s Towcar awards, contestants were put through a series of challenges to ultimately decide which car was the best for camping trips that involved towing caravans. It not only included towing ability but practicality, driving ability otherwise, safety etc.
The evaluating panel were specialists in this field. It included industry experts, motoring journalists and caravanning enthusiasts who watched closely at the ability and performance of all cars.
The judges chose the XJ Diesel as the champion because: "Stability and ride comfort don’t always go together. Cars with rear suspension that’s firm almost to a fault in normal driving are often the most composed when towing. But the XJ combines unflappable stability with limousine comfort. The suspension’s alchemy was worth its weight in gold through the lane-change test. The XJ changed direction quickly, gripping hard and holding the intended line. However much the caravan slid behind it, the Jag wouldn’t budge. Data from the ATC shows how much G-force was generated in the van, but the smooth curve of the graph speaks volumes as to how undramatic the Jaguar made this manoeuvre."
The body of the Jaguar XJ is built out of Aluminium and notably in the past it played a special role as that of an armored vehicle, which demonstrated its rugged attribute. So if you are on the lookout for a vehicle to haul your caravan, we have an answer- Jaguar XJ diesel.
The second special edition to be unveiled by Jaguar in Geneva will be the 2009 XJ Portfolio, a model that will also go on sale starting summer 2008.
The XJ Portfolio will be powered by a 4.2-liter V8 supercharged (400bhp SAE) or the naturally aspirated V8 engine. In either derivative, the XJ Portfolio offers effortless performance and exceptional refinement.
XJ Portfolio’s individuality is further reflected in a luxurious interior characterized by premium quality materials and exquisite attention to detail. The hand-crafted Rich Oak veneer is new to XJ Portfolio, and there is the choice of two unique interior themes – Navy or Ivory. Each features contrast piping to the softgrain leather upholstery, special twin-stitched door casings and headrests embossed with the Jaguar ‘Leaper’ design. The alloy gear selector, with aluminum gearshift surround, is also trimmed with Navy leather, and there are ‘Portfolio’ branded treadplates and special leather-edged carpet mats.
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Even if Jaguar has just unveiled a facelift for the old XJ, this is not the only news coming to us. In 2009 the company will unveil a totally redesigned model, with design cues taken from the latest C-XF Concept and from the upcoming XF sedan. Even if the new generation XJ will be built on the current aluminum platform, everything on the exterior will be changed.
More recently the 2010 Jaguar XJ was unveiled by late night funny man Jay Leno and the beautiful super model Claudia Schiffer. The all-new XJ is the first Jaguar model to be built using Jaguar’s aerospace-inspired aluminum body technology. The vehicle will be available with a choice of new ultra-efficient Gen III classification petrol and diesel engines consisting of a 3.0 Liter diesel V6, a 5.0 Liter naturally aspirated V8 as well as the almighty 5.0 Liter supercharged 8 cylinder power plant.
The 2010 Jaguar
XJ will follow the dramatic design cues of the XF. Set to compete with Audi A8, BMW
7-Series and Mercedes
S-Class, the new XJ will debut in mid-2009, with a concept version coming next year.
Jaguar is working on a new generation XJ that will be unveiled in 2009 and will be available for sale in early 2010. The company expects the new model to be a very important competitor on the luxury car market.
Leading-edge technology coupled to modern luxury means that Jaguar will be amongst the first in the U.S. to offer innovative digital HD Radio technology in its redesigned 2008 luxury XJ sedan. Equipped with the HD Radio system, XJ owners can enjoy a higher-quality AM/FM radio system that features more channel choices, crystal-clear sound and new data services.
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