The current Jaguar XJ is around 7 years old which is a fairly typical vehicle lifespan but the body styling is the same basic shape that’s been around since the 1970s. This shouldn’t be an issue but it had caused many to think the car lacked technical sophistication despite its impressive spec sheet. Yesterday, Jaguar released official images and information for its all-new, redesigned 2010 Jaguar XJ.
Liberally taking styling cues from the new Jaguar XF sedan, the 2010 XJ is definitely not stuck in the past. Using long lines and a staunch profile the XJ is unique and handsome.
Using a low, sloping roofline to give the XJ a four-door coupe look, the black D-pillars create a ‘floating roof’ effect from the rear, and a panoramic glass sunroof lets abundant light into the cabin improving the sense of space. The rear is sure to polarise opinion with its vertical tail lights and tall deck.
Inside, their is a much more modern cockpit featuring a pop-up transmission control interface, laser-inlaid wood trim, a leather headliner and a new instrument panel that discards traditional dials in favor of a high-definition screen displaying driver information.
Under the bonnet, the new V8 found in the XF will provide motivation with the European market also getting a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel. The 5.0L V8 engine will be available in a naturally-aspirated base form rated at 385hp, while a supercharged variant will put out 470hp and an even higher-performance 510hp version for the Supersport edition will also be available.
Only one transmission is available at launch – a paddle-shifted six-speed auto this will take the standard XJ to 100kph in 5.4 seconds, and the Supersport version to 100kph in a brief 4.7 seconds. Suspension dynamics are controlled via air springs, with computer-controlled settings of Normal, Dynamic and Winter.
Like the outgoing model, the new XJ makes extensive use of aluminum, weighing in at a mere 1,723kg in its lightest trim. The combination of light weight and a powerful engine will make for a solid performer but also for potentailly very good fuel economy.
Global sales for the new XJ will begin in December for early 2010 delivery. American prices have been announced at $72,500 ($114,800 NZD) for the base 5.0L V8, $87,500 ($138,600) for the XJ Supercharged and from $112,000 ($177,300) for the XJ Supersport.