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Jaguar XJ

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XJ6, XJ8, XJ12, XJL, XJR, XJS

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A vehicle line produced by Jaguar since 1968. Originally produced as the XJ5, XJ6, XJ8, and XJ12 (the numbers denoting engine cylinders) until 2009, when naming was switched to XJ, XJL, XJR, XJS and "XJ" became a model name in its own right.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Jaguar XJ page on 4 October 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Jaguar XJ is the name of a series of full-size luxury cars sold by the British automobile brand, Jaguar Cars since 1968. Since 1970 they have been Jaguar's flagship. The original model was the last Jaguar saloon to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the company's founder, and the model has been featured in countless media and high-profile appearances. The current Jaguar XJ was launched in 2009. It is one of the cars used by the British royal family and an armoured version is used for transporting the UK Prime Minister.

X351 (2009–)

In July 2009, the newly styled XJ was unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery in London, with Jay Leno and Elle Macpherson unveiling the new car. The unveiling was broadcast live on the Jaguar website.

In keeping with Ian Callum's new design direction for Jaguar, it is an all-new exterior design and a break from the XJ series mould carried over on all previous generations. It is a longer, wider car that looks much bigger than its predecessor. The front has clear links with the executive car XF, although with slimmer, sleeker lights and a larger, squarer grille and more aggressive appearance. The rear is the contentious part, like nothing Jaguar has shown before. The upright, swooping taillights, nicknamed "cat's claws", and black roof panels each side of the rear screen, which aim to hide the XJ's width, are the most striking aspects. There is also a standard full-length sunroof, that extends all the way back with just a single body-coloured roof panel that the designer likens to bridges on yachts.

The new XJ features an innovative, all-LCD dashboard and console displays. The dashboard can be configured to display various virtual dials in addition to the obligatory speedometer. The console display presents different views to the driver and passenger, including control of a sophisticated video and audio system.

Like several of its predecessors, the X351 is available in both standard and long-wheelbase form, as well as many special editions. Engines are modern units already seen in other JLR products: the 5-litre petrol V8 either normally aspirated or supercharged, or a twin-turbo 3-litre diesel that is predicted to account for most of the sales. For 2013 a 3-litre supercharged V6 was introduced to the line-up, primarily as an alternative to the diesel unit for improved fuel economy.

The X351 received a minor facelift in 2014, primarily upgrading the suspension and rear seat facilities on the long wheelbase versions, but also introducing small cosmetic changes across the range, and making stop-start technology standard on all engines.

The X351 received another facelift in 2015, adding LED headlights, J-Blade rear taillights, and adding several new driver assistance and safety features such as lane assist, adaptive cruise control with a new feature known as "Queue assist", reverse traffic direction, closing vehicle sensing, a 360 degree camera system, and semi-automated parking features.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
28 September 2002ALCAN TECHNOLOGY ENABLES LANDMARK ALUMINUM JAGUARAlcan Automotive
6 March 2007New Looks For The 2008 Jaguar XJAnthony Fontanelle
26 August 2011Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC, on Behalf of Jaguar Cars Limited, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
8 December 2012Jaguar XJ Supersport L review Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
21 March 2013Jaguar XJ Supercharged Supersaloon shootout - 3 Litre vs 5 Litre Colin Hubbard
4 November 2013Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC, on behalf of Jaguar Cars Limited, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
20 January 2014Sorry James, I’m Doing The Driving - It’s The 2014 Jaguar XJ Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
1 December 2014The Jaguar XJ Ultimate, was it really that great? Joseph Scott


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