The all-new and long overdue redesigned 2010 Jaguar XJ was unveiled
on the 9th July 2009 at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
The 2010 Jaguar XJ is based on an aluminium monocoque chassis
which is both light and stiff. While developing the chassis
Jaguar's engineers tried to balance agility with comfort.
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity at Jaguar Cars
said of the car. "With the new XJ we've tried to balance
all the driving attributes, so the car firstly needs to drive
like it looks. The dynamics are both agile and comfortable.
But we've also tried to make the engine and transmission to
be both agile, responsive but also smooth."
Like the Jaguar XF
the 2010 XJ makes a dramatic departure from the Jaguars of old.
Gone is the old-man inspired styling and in its place is a contemporary
but distinctive new look which will set it apart from the rivals.
Up front the new XJ shares many styling traits with the well-recieved
XF including the rounded rectangular grille, slit-like headlights,
and taught style lines in the hood emanating from the grille.
From the rear the 2010 Jaguar XJ has a somewhat polarizing design
which shares little with any previous or current Jags. And in
fact when viewed from the rear the styling appears more Italian
in origin than British - think Maserati or Lancia. It remains
to be seen whether potential buyers will be turned off by the
extravagant design of the rear, or embrace the fact Jaguar has
tried something different.
Another area Jaguar has broken with tradition is with the interior
which is highly customizable for the buyer and offers a range
of colors and materials not familiar to a brand like Jaguar.
The choices will range from sporty to luxurious and anywhere
in-between. The audio system from Bowers and Wilkins has been
specifically tailored for the XJ by Jaguars audio engineers
and offers the same audio quality and clarity throughout the
To bring light into the interior the 2010 XJ features a glass
panel in the roof which begins where the windscreen ends and
ends just above the heads of the rear seat passengers. This
feature is not a cost option but instead a standard feature
of the car.
Standard- and long-wheelbase models of the XJ are available.
The long-wheelbase version offers an addional 125 mm of legroom
for the rear-seat passengers.
Similar and related vehicles:
2008 Jaguar XF SV8
2005 Jaguar XJR 4.2
2002 Jaguar S-Type R
2010 Jaguar XJ screen possibly illegal