• The XJ50 is here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar XJ
  • It gets Autobiography bumpers with new air intakes up front
  • While the rear fascia gets chrome trim
  • There's also a new set of 20-inch, "Venom" wheels
  • It is limited to only four exterior colors This inlcudes Fuji White, Santorini Black, Loire Blue, and Rosello Red
  • Inside, you'll find that the seats are wrapped in soft-grain, diamond-quilted leather with embossed headrests
  • The center armrest gets the XJ50 logo
  • While the treadplates get illuminated logos as well
  • There's even an XJ50 badge on the dash
  • Unfortunately, the XJ50 is only available with a V-6 engine
  • Either a 3.0-liter gasoline engine with 335 horsepower or a 3.0-liter diesel with 296 horsepower
  • Both engines mate exclusively to an automatic transmission
  • Pricing isn't available yet, but the XJ50 should be available in most markets
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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famed "XJ" badge

One of the most iconic sedans ever produced, the Jaguar XJ is celebrating 50 years in 2018. And the British firm launched a special anniversary model at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Introduced in 2009, the current XJ is the eighth generation of the sedan that served as luxury transportation for many VIPs over the years. Jaguar is celebrating this special event with a handful of add-ons to the vehicle’s exterior and cabin. It also modified its badge for the event, renaming it the XJ50.

The XJ goes back all the way to 1968 when it was launched to replace the S-Type and the Mark 2. The first XJ was produced until 1992 with significant upgrades in 1973 and 1979. A complete redesign followed in 1986, with new updates in 1994 and 1997. The previous-generation XJ was unveiled in 2003 and received a facelift in 2007, two years before it was discontinued in 2009. The current model is already nine years old, and a new generation is about to be released. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at this anniversary special edition.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jaguar XJ50.

What makes the Jaguar XJ50 special

  • Autobiography bumpers
  • Black front grille
  • New 20-inch wheels
  • Four exterior colors
  • Diamond-quilted leather
  • "XJ50" logos
  • Anodized paddles
  • 3.0-liter engines only
2018 Jaguar XJ50
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Unfortunately, the XJ50 is only available with a V-6 engine
Available in both standard and long wheelbase versions, the XJ50 boasts subdued, tasteful add-ons

Available with either a standard or long wheelbase, the XJ50 boasts subdued, tasteful add-ons compared to the standard model. The front fascia benefits from most changes, starting with a black mesh for the grille. The standard bumper was upgraded to Autobiography specs, featuring revised outlets and black grilles.

Onto the sides, we can see a new set of 20-inch wheels that Jaguar calls "Venom." The rear section received a new bumper, also inspired by Autobiography models, with revised chrome work. The color palette is limited to only four hues for this model, including Fuji White, Santorini Black, Loire Blue, and Rosello Red.

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There’s also a new set of 20-inch, "Venom" wheels
The anniversary model is restricted to a pair of 3.0-liter V-6 engines

The cabin gained a few updates too, including soft-grain, diamond-quilted leather for the seats. Each headrest now features an embossed leaper, while the center armrest is adorned by an "XJ50" logo. The illuminated treadplates also feature "XJ50" lettering, while the gearshift paddles behind the steering have an anodized finish. Finally, the pedals are made from brighter metal.

The engine lineup is limited to only a couple of units. While the regular XJ can be had with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8, the anniversary model is restricted to a pair of 3.0-liter V-6 mills. First up is the supercharged gasoline unit rated at 340 PS (335 horsepower), the most powerful option you get here. The second engine is a 3.0-liter diesel that cranks out 300 PS (296 horsepower). Both models are equipped with automatic transmissions.

There’s no word on pricing and availability yet, but the XJ50 should be a global car.


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