No sooner has Jaguar launched the XF than it’s readying its next new car: the XJ limo. CAR Online has grabbed the first spyshots of this engineering mule, caught as it ventured out near the company’s Whitley R&D base. The widened tracks and cooling tests at the front indicate this is the new XJ, codenamed X351.
It’s scheduled for launch in 2009/10 and will build on the daring (for Jaguar) design direction pioneered on the XF. That car has split opinion like few others in Jag’s history, so expect some fireworks in the gentlemen’s clubs of London and the Home Counties.
Jag’s rakish new saloon might ruffle a few feathers, but it’s not all change for the big cat. It will keep the aluminium construction of today’s car to trim weight, but gain a much edgier design. When we interviewed design director Ian Callum at the recent XF launch, he suggested that the Mercedes CLS was an inspiration to the style of modern large saloons. Expect a hint of the Mercedes’ slammed look and shallow windowline, but paired with Jag’s new squarer grille and hi-tech lights (possibly LEDs on this iteration).
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