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2010 Jaguar XJ

Though the current Jaguar XJ is only about 7 years old - a pretty typical vehicle lifespan - the body styling is derivative of the same basic shape that's been around since the 1970s, causing many to think the car lacked technical sophistication despite an all-aluminum chassis and an impressive spec sheet. Today, after several leaked images were revealed yesterday, Jaguar has released official images and information for its all-new, redesigned 2010 Jaguar XJ.

Borrowing traits from the new Jaguar aesthetic first demonstrated on the XF sedan, the 2010 XJ is definitely not stuck in the past. Details reminiscent of the Aston Martin Rapide are also evident, though the XJ's long lines and expansive profile are unique enough to set the car apart at a glance.

A low, sloping roofline gives the XJ a four-door coupe look, while the black D-pillar gives a 'floating roof' effect from the rear, and a huge glass sunroof lets abundant light into the cabin to help improve the sense of space and counter the low-slung roof. The rear is sure to draw both fans and critics; its vertical tail lights and tall deck are love-'em or hate-'em details.

Inside, the decidedly stuffy interior of the current XJ is replaced with 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 abandons traditional dials in favor of a high-definition screen that displays all the information the driver needs. A unique feature enabled by the new high-def instrument panel is a soft red glow used to indicate performance driving modes.

Under the hood, the new V8 found in the XF will be the central player, though Europeans will also get 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 pump out 470hp and an even higher-performance 510hp version for the Supersport edition will also be available.

Only one transmission - a paddle-shifted six-speed auto - will be available, hustling the standard XJ to 60mph in 5.4 seconds, or slingshotting the Supersport version to the same speed in a mere 4.7 seconds. Suspension dynamics are controlled via air springs, with computer-controlled settings of Normal, Dynamic and Winter.

Like its predecessor, the new XJ makes extensive use of aluminum, weighing in at a mere 3,800lb in its lightest trim or up to 4,300lb at its heaviest. That's still 500-1000lbs lighter than most of the competition. The combination of light weight and a powerful engine will make for a solid performer but also for surprisingly good fuel economy if our experience with the current-gen XJ Super V8 is any indication.

The new XJ can be ordered now with sales to officially open in December for early 2010 delivery. Prices start from an MSRP of $72,500 for the base 5.0L V8, $87,500 for the XJ Supercharged and from $112,000 for the XJ Supersport.

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  1. The tail lights and such are throwing me off
     
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  2. Agreed - the rear end of the car looks almost unfinished, or at least like the designers lost focus.

    With so many folds, creases, character lines and vents up front, the rear looks blank by comparison.

    It's still an attractive car, though. It will be interesting to see how its real-life appearance compares to the internet.
     
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  3. Based on first impressions - the first thing I'd do as a new owner of this XJ would be to have the C-pillar repainted body color...
    (Unless I ordered the car in Black)
     
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  4. i think that jag's moving forward well. i think this will be better looking in person yet it's not too horrible as an internet pic
     
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  5. Ok, so slap the front of this on the XF, and the back of the XF on this, problem solved! :)
     
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  6. Looks quite attractive. Stately yet sleek. The back does remind more of a GM product- Opel, Buick, or Cadillac. I'm glad it doesn't just look like a stretched XF as I had feared. The front actually looks more like the C-XF concept than the XF does; why couldn't they have put those headlights on the XF from the first? Still, whod've thought ten years ago a Jag would look like this?!
     
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  7. Up front it's a mixture of Jaguar/Volvo...
    ... full side-on is actually very sleek except for el-cheapo blacked-out c-pillar...
    ... rear end not too bad slightly ruined by half-done U.S. and/or Korean tailight treatment.
     
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  8. it just takes some time to be appreciated for the rear.. but i think it's a good move from jaguar for every unique design overall.
     
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  9. considerign the XF is on my list as a future car, this is a great step in the right direction by Jag. Im warming to their products again after the rubbishness of the X and S types and the (brilliant car allround) same same styled old XJ.
    you Americans are so lucky though. $100k for a supercharged beast...no fair.....we will be having to hand over close to $300k for that one i feel here in Oz!
     
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  10. the supercharged XF here is $120k
     
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  11. Overall, a good leap forward for Jag, ...but still no leaper for the hood?
     
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  12. What a ugly rear but the front is nice
     
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  13. Say what you will and hold on to your predujices regarding Jaguars of the past? Watch the following video and you'll see Jaguar is not what it was. I'd also say the Germans and the Japanese are up for a very rude awakening as its now game on!!

    http://www.thomson-webcast.net/uk/dispatching/?Jaguar090709
     
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  14. Rear end to me looks to me like the lights off a Citroen C6 and the boot of a Maserati Quattroporte with just a dash of Bentley Continental thrown in - I like it, imagines a black XJ supersport with all chrome grilles looming up behind me - moves over pretty sharpish.

    The front looks like it will need cleaning daily in the autumn ( Fall ) as it will be sucking leaves like a demon.
     
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  15. 30 years of what Ian? To show us how you can not even complete a design, and you did say 'a designer led car'. That means you do not even know how to inspire diligence in your work???? Get lost Ian!!!!!! You ruined Jaguar by your incompetence.
     
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  16. 30 years of what Ian? To show us how you can not even complete a design, and you did say 'a designer led car'. That means you do not even know how to inspire diligence in your work???? Get lost Ian!!!!!! You ruined Jaguar by your incompetence.
     
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  17. considerign the XF is on my list as a future car, this is a great step in the right direction by Jag. Im warming to their products again after the rubbishness of the X and S types and the (brilliant car allround) same same styled old XJ.
    you Americans are so lucky though. $100k for a supercharged XJ beast...no fair.....we will be having to hand over close to $300k for that one i feel here in Oz!

    ok the the supercharged XF here in Oz is $120k. The XJ has been confirmed as $400k :(
     
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  18. @Wizardlore-
    I too live down under and i feel your pain.
    Prices here are just so damn expensive compared to what everyone else pays.
    But are you sure the XJ is gonna cost $400k??
    My dad just bought his 750LI fully optioned for approx $360k....so the Jag starts at 400k?
    Doesnt sound right to me
     
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  19. @Wizardlore-
    I too live down under and i feel your pain.
    Prices here are just so damn expensive compared to what everyone else pays.
    But are you sure the XJ is gonna cost $400k??
    My dad just bought his 750LI fully optioned for approx $360k....so the Jag starts at 400k?
    Doesnt sound right to me

    The Supercharged beauty is going to be listed as 400K...with all due respect to your father, it will have more power and class than a merc and a beemer.
     
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