The new XJ flagship was unveiled by Jaguar at the London Saatchi Gallery. It builds on the success of the new XK and XF models, and according to the carmaker it "is a landmark [that] extends the appeal of the XJ to a new generation of customers."
The streamlined body shares a drag coefficient of 0.29 with the XF saloon, making them the most aerodynamic Jaguars ever.
A coupé profile cloaks a cabin that offers comparable levels of space to saloons with a more conventional style.
There is generous accommodation for five occupants, while long-wheelbase models provide rear-seat passengers with greater levels of comfort thanks to an additional 125mm of rear legroom.
The refined interior has a strong sporting character throughout. A panoramic glass roof, standard on all models and enhances the sense of light and space.
Among the new interior technologies are the innovative Virtual Instrument dials and optional 1,200W Bowers & Wilkins premium surround sound system.
The XJ’s construction is based on a lightweight vehicle architecture. The structure is primarily made of aluminium – but also magnesium and composite alloys – and is assembled with aerospace-based riveting and bonding processes.
The aluminium body uses more than 50 percent recycled material, with a plan to increase this to 75 percent. Body panels made from recycled material use only 5 percent of the energy required for new aluminium, equating to a potential saving of three tonnes of CO2 per vehicle.
The range of engines includes the supercharged 510PS 5.0-litre AJ-V8 Gen III –
which allows for a 0-60mph time of 4.7 secs (0-100kph in 4.9 secs), the 470PS supercharged and 385PS naturally aspirated gasoline V8s.
A diesel alternative is provided by the 275PS 3.0-litre AJ-V6D Gen III with twin sequential turbochargers, which allows for a 0-60mph sprint in 6.0 secs, 0-100kph in 6.4 secs and offers significant fuel economy and CO2 emission levels (40.1mpg and 184g/km of CO2).
The XJ adopts technologies already used on the XFR and XKR models, including continuously variable damping (Adaptive Dynamics), electronically controlled rear differential (Active Differential Control) and a quick ratio power-steering system.
The new XJ wil go on sale on next December 2009 with prices starting from 72,500 USD.
From the official Press Release:
Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar Cars explains “The new XJ is a thoroughly modern interpretation of the quintessential Jaguar.
"Its visual impact stems from the elongated teardrop shape of the car’s side windows, a powerful stance and wide track. It is the most emphatic statement yet of Jaguar’s new design direction.”
“Any good car design – indeed the design of anything of value – should tell a story. The new XJ does that, with a visual hierarchy and clarity of intent. We took inspiration from classic Jaguars like the Mk2 and original XJ and created a Jaguar for the 21st century with pure, sensual forms.”
The elongated teardrop shape of the side window graphic establishes the car’s streamlined profile, and is balanced by a dramatic lower swage line emanating from the front wheels that reinforces the vehicle’s forward stance.
The new XJ’s sleek lines are complemented by a taut waistline, which further accentuates the impression of length and elegance and creates a natural tension as it fades from the front arch into the middle section of the car before reappearing as a strong haunch towards the rear.
The face of the XJ is confident, with a wide front track and short overhangs contributing to the finely judged proportions. The nose of the car follows Jaguar’s new design language, with a bold and assertive treatment: the powerful mesh grille and slim xenon headlamps creating a strong road presence.
The wrap-around rear screen reduces the visual weight of the pillars, and gives the impression of an exotic ‘floating’ roof.
Alongside the XF, the XJ is the most aerodynamic Jaguar ever, with a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.29, and outstanding high-speed stability.
A key factor in achieving this highly efficient aerodynamic performance was the extensive use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to refine the shape long before the car ever saw a wind tunnel.
Every area of the new XJ – from the outer skin to the composite undertray to the fine grille meshes of the cooling system – was optimised using this process.
Key areas included the profile of the rear decklid, which was engineered to ensure that the airflow was controlled without the need for a spoiler.
As well as reduced drag and impressively low wind noise, the overall shape achieves aerodynamic loads that are carefully balanced between front and rear axles to ensure optimum handling balance and high-speed stability.
The rear end is notable for its pure, sculpted shape, with a conscious absence of unnecessary ornamentation. The sheet metal of the rear panel retains its pure form, with a single leaping Jaguar motif making a strong, confident statement. The LED light clusters wrap stylishly over the rear wings, and feature three dramatic red, vertical strips.
At the sides of the cabin, a bold architectural wood veneer sweeps forward from the doors to meet at the front of the car, emphasising the new XJ’s powerful, dynamic character.
This linear, modern use of wood helps to create a truly welcoming environment.
The panoramic glass roof has been from the outset an integral part of the design concept of the all-new XJ.
It enables a lower, more streamlined roofline, and also dramatically enhances the feeling of light and space within the car.
The roof’s opening mechanism slides the glass upwards and outwards, so that headroom is never compromised. A dark tint and reflective coating prevent the interior from overheating under strong sunlight, while twin electric blinds provide another level of privacy and sun screening.
Official Video Presentation