Jaguar promised to unveil a totally redesigned model in 2009, taking design cues taken from the latest XF-C Concept and the current XF super sedan . Even if the next generation XJ sedan will keep the car’s aluminum platform, everything on the exterior will be changed. As the Indian automaker prepares for its upcoming launch less than a month away in July one thing is for certain. Wherever a future super car is testing, spy photographers are never too far behind!
Jaguar has been making the current XJ since 2003, but the design is an evolution from the first series of the XJ from over 40 years ago.
The now Indian automaker, Jaguar has officially announced that the next generation Jaguar XJ will keep the current 510 HP supercharged V8 from the R models, when it is unveiled this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This is a relief for all the Jaguar fans who feared a greener future with a little less horse power from the classic well handling British luxury limousine.
Next to the high performance powerhouse, Jaguar will also offer a wide range of internal combustion engines; mostly borrowed from the current XF and XK models. The majority of the piston pumpers will be gasoline powered with the entry-level model only having six of them. Don’t fret alternatively fueled junkies; there will also be a diesel powered unit.
The top of the line XJ will get the same 5.0 Liter V8 engine found in the current XFR sport sedan and two door XKR . There hasn’t been an XJR since the Vanden Plas trim was added, so this boosted XJ will wear an SV8 badge. However, there is talk of bringing back a 550 HP R version, but not anytime soon.
The next generation Jaguar XJ luxury limousine will be a much more aggressive vehicle than its predecessor. The automaker will unveil their new XJ on July 9th of this year. Codenamed X351, the new sedan is a "fresh break for Jaguar," with headlamps inspired by the C-XF concept car, a full glass roof and a particularly interesting rear post treatment.
The future Jaguar XJ will use aluminum as its primary building material, with an aim at keeping the weight below 3,800 pounds. The engine lineup for the next XJ will include a 3.0 Liter V6 making 235 HP, a 5.0 Liter V8 pumping out 380 HP and a top of the line 5.0 Liter supercharged V8 making 503 HP. For alternatively fueled conscious individuals, Jaguar will offer a 3.0 Liter turbo diesel V6 making 237 HP and 271 lb-ft of torque.
So far, the Indian automaker hasn’t said anything about a high performance XJR version just yet. So for now, Mercedes Benz’s performance brand, AMG, can breath easy, but if Jaguar ever does decide to go all out on an XJ, you can bet that Top Speed will be in line for a test drive.
The man responsible for the appearance of the modern Aston Martin and Jaguar, Ian Callum is offering a short interview about the next Jaguar XJ luxury sedan . Among other things, Callum said that the new XJ is like nothing seen before, and that the design team “took 30 years of learning and put it into something that is very complete”. Have a look and judge for yourself.
Jaguar revealed the first teasers and some info today of the 2010 XJ at the Shangai Auto Show. The data from Jag was stuff the we pretty much already knew - the new 5.0-liter V8, including the 510 hp supercharged version , will be available as well as a carryover of the diesel V6 (but not likely in the U.S.) It will have a light aluminum body and even a panoramic roof.
But the big news are the new threads. The current XJ has been an evolution of a 40+ year-old design, and Jaguar has made no secret of its intentions to change the style for the 2010 car. Just look at the front end:
We shouldn’t have to wait too long for more information to start hitting the streets. Jaguar plans to have the official reveal of the next XJ in London on July 9th, and the cars should be on the streets by early 2010.
Press release after the jump.
The latest cat seems to want to reduced it’s waste. When Jaguar unveils its next XJ , there will likely be a hybrid version following not too far behind. This comes after the Indian-owned, but British produced company received funding from the European Union to develop green technology.
The hybrid system is rumored to be the same kind of plug in electric vehicle with a combustion engine backup as seen in cars like the future Chevrolet Volt . Each electric charge should get the luxury green machine 30 miles, and the total fuel economy is planned to go as high as 57 mpg. The engineering work is being assisted by another Brit now owned by a former-colony, Lotus.
This is all part of a larger plan to reduce all of Jagaur and sibling Land Rover’s emissions by twenty-five percent by 2012. Other plans include alloy bodyshells across the Range Rover line, as well as the next generation XF.
The XJ is dead. Long live the XJ!
Jaguar has been making the current XJ since 2003, but the design is an evolution from the first series of the XJ from over 40 years ago. So before this Jaguar becomes a cougar, the Jag has ended the XJ production to switch over to a new car for 2010.
While the XJ’s classic looks have always given it distinction, the XF has shown us all that Jaguars can still make sexy from new sheetmetal. We won’t at all be surprised if the lines from the XF find their way into the new XJ. One place we’re certain to see XF influence is the interior, where elements like the floating dial shifter and motorized air vents are the new Jaguar hallmarks.
The engine lineup shouldn’t be a surprise. The new 5.0-liter V8 will be the main gas engine available, with the 500+ hp supercharged version topping the line for the XJR. There will also be a 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel V6 making 237 hp and delivering 40 mpg, but that engine has not been confirmed for North America.
For more than forty year the Jaguar XJ has kept the same basic shape. A combination of cash shortages and tradition have insured that an XJ is always recognizable. But Jaguar has now learned an important lesson with the switch from the S-Type to the XF , which is the public is ready for the new look of Jaguar.
With this in mind a full rebodying of the XJ will be taking place. A source inside Jag told AutoCar, “People know that there’s new car coming, but they won’t be prepared for anything like this.”
The new XJ will be a clear departure from its predecessors. Its closest family resemblances should be to the XF, especially in the interior. Lessons learned in the XF about providing low-slung sedan while still providing ample interior space will be directly applied to the XJ.
The engine lineup shouldn’t be a surprise. The new 5.0-liter V8 will be the main gas engine available, with the 503 hp supercharged version toping the line for the XJR. There will also be a 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel V6 making 237 hp and delivering 40 mpg, but that engine has not been confirmed for North America.
The new XJ should be launched this July in London, and production should begin by the end of the year. While the global economic state this may seem like the wrong time to launch a new luxury car, Jaguar has a good plan. Parent company CEO Ratan Tata has been quoted many times that he believes in strengthening the Jaguar line, so that when the economic situation improves, Jaguar will be a stronger competitor.
The tuning company Arden created the AJ14 Noble Cat out of a Jaguar XJ by adding a few tasteful highlights that transform the luxury sedan into a more aggressive machine. The use of lower lips and LED running lights accentuates the front end while the rear diffuser frames the Arden exhaust tips. However the most interesting feature is the specially designed leaper that gives the Noble Cat the classic Jaguar touch.
Press release after the jump.