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Last XJ Rolls Into Museum, Signals New 2010 Jaguar Flagship

Posted in BMW, Cadillac, Concept Cars, Expensive Cars, Foreign Cars, Jaguar, Luxury Cars, Mercedes Benz by Geoff | April 6th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |

Possible XJ replacement
Possible XJ replacement

Just as the last current model XJ rolled out of Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich factory last week, (in the very British-sounding color of “vapour grey” no less), the company is busy finalizing a thoroughly revamped sedan for 2010.  No doubt to the disappointment of many, the new model will be heavily influenced by the styling of the current XF.

2010 XJ Concept
2010 XJ Concept

Launched in 2003, the XJ has maintained a distinctly refined and sophisticated image within the motoring community, but has not been a serious contender among sport sedan enthusiasts who have instead flocked to BMW, Mercedes, upstart Cadillac or an increasing number of Japanese models.  A re-engineered version of the current all-aluminum XJ chassis will be significantly different in appearance, and purportedly drawing inspiration from the Ian Callum-designed XF.  Despite the sharing of many common themes, including the interior, the company assures skeptical traditional Jaguar lovers that the new XJ will have its own unique design and detailing.  The 2010 XJ will remain the same size and wheelbase as the current car, through ingenuity in the redesigning of the components will add more interior space for the back seat.  The most powerful powertrain will be the 503-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V8 in the XJR. Other engines include a naturally aspirated 385-hp 5.0-liter V8 and possibly an entry-level 310-hp 4.2-liter V8.

Look for the new XJ to make an appearance in July, before going on sale in September.  Estimates are that the higher end trim level of the new XJ will be in the neighborhood of $150,000.

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