Published on 23 Sep 2009 by Alison
Sticking with the design theme, we take a look at the new Jaguar XJ, with these live pics of the XJ from Frankfurt. Aesthetically, it’s turning out to be so controversial that most of us are forgetting to underline its technical qualities.
The first and foremost is the extensive use of alluminium. This gives the XJ sedan a head start in lightness and agility compared to its competitors, coming in at approximately 150 kg lighter. This clearly also gives it supreme drive dynamics in a light but rigid car that should be a mix of responsiveness and a smooth ride.
The engine range is impressive, with a 5.0-litre petrol V8 with 350 hp, a V8 supercharged at 510 hp and a V6 diesel with 275 hp. We figure its performance is everything the car’s looks promise it will be. But then, that’s where the controversy kicks in. A ground breaking Jag is not to everyone’s taste, it seems.
Do you like the front? The rear? Were you expecting the XJ to be more classic or more modern than what it is? The idea was to move away from the old-style XJ and produce something for a new future, while keeping some of the old-school style that we all know and love. I would hazard that Jaguar has achieved just that.
The new XJ is sleek, sexy and with the performance to boot. You want to talk about black c-pillars? Fine, but it’s a minor detail for me in the overall clean lines and stylish impact. Recent reports say that Jaguar could be considering an entry-level coupe to help increase its sales fortune, but I’m hoping that any hype won’t dampen enthusiasm for the lovely XJ who still needs its time in the spotlight for us all to get used to it, and appreciate it (looking very nice in claret, by the way).