Since its launch in 1968 the Jaguar XJ has always had a traditional 3 box sedan design. However with the next generation model, due in 2010, the big Jaguar will undergo its biggest design shift in 30 years.
With a four-door coupe design the next XJ’s rakish good looks will see it go after Mercedes CLS, Audi A7, Porsche Panamera, Maserati Granturismo, and even Aston Martin Rapide buyers as well as traditional upper large players such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Lexus LS and the Bentley Continental.
The new XJ will continue with a weight saving aluminium platform, wearing an all new front design expected to be similar to that on the smaller XF sedan. Inside the futuristic rotary dial from the XF will replace the traditional J-gate gear selector and the XF’s rotating air vents upon engine starting will also feature.
Under the bonnet will be a choice of the new 5.0L V8 with direct injection in naturally aspirated or supercharged form and a new 3.0L Turbo Diesel engine.
The new car is expected to debut next September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with Australian sales commencing around the middle of 2010.
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