These are the first official pictures of the brand new Jaguar XJ, a significant leap forward for the firm. It ditches the long established XJ design theme of lengthy nose and elongated boot to conjure up something altogether more special
At the unveiling of the new car at the Saatchi Gallery in London, Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director said: “The new XJ is all about making Jaguar, Jaguar again.” The brand new design takes some of its styling cues from the XF, and indeed the C-XF concept car that previewed the XF’s design. The large mesh grille attached to the upright nose, together with the slim headlamps, make for a sleek and purposeful look.
Move around to the side, and the design ditches typical XJ tradition, with a wedge-like profile and a rear screen that wraps around the C-pillar. The boot treatment is unlike anything seen before on a Jaguar, with a wide expanse of metal and a simple Jaguar leaper badge, framed by LED lights that extend along the bootlid.
This translates into great performance with a top speed of 155mph, and zero to 62mph in 6.4 seconds, while producing CO2 emissions of 184g/km, and achieving 40.1mpg on the combined cycle.
Photographs really don’t do the new cat justice – it’s not until you see the car in the metal that you appreciate the bold nature of the design. And if the exterior is seen as radical, then the cabin will equally surprise with a brand new 12.3-inch TFT instrument display replacing conventional dials. This allows drivers to configure the display to their own requirements. A new dualview centre screen also features, allowing the driver to view the satellite navigation system, while the passenger watches a film. This innovative new screen was first seen on the 2010 Range Rover. Buyers choosing the long wheelbase option will gain extra legroom, with an extra 125mm added to the wheelbase. Jaguar says that the new car will offer an extensive range of personalisation options, including a wide choice of colours, wood veneers and leather, as well as the usual technological choices. As with the XF, Jaguar has partnered with Bower and Wilkins for the sound system, with up to 20 speakers available with the surround sound option ticked.
Like the previous XJ, the new model is built using aluminium, which means it is lighter than all of its rivals by up to 150kg. This translates into great performance with a top speed of 155mph, and zero to 62mph in 6.4 seconds, while producing CO2 emissions of 184g/km, and achieving 40.1mpg on the combined cycle. The new 3.0- litre V6 twin turbodiesel develops a mighty 271bhp and 443lb ft of torque. In the UK, 85 per cent of XJ owners are expected to choose this engine, and one third are predicted to opt for the long wheelbase derivative. The new XJ is available to order now, with prices starting at £52,500. The first customer cars are set to arrive in showrooms in January.
Both short and long wheelbase models will be available at launch, but there are no plans to install the lower powered 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 engine from the XF into the new XJ. The model range follows the XF hierarchy with Luxury, Premium Luxury and top-of-the-range Portfolio trim levels. Buyers choosing petrol power, also have the choice of the Supersport flagship.