Jaguar is marking 50 years of its flagship XJ luxury saloon– the option of magnate, celebrities, politicians and royalty for five decades– with the launch of a new scandal sheet model. Revealed at the Beijing Motor Show, the Jaguar XJ50 celebrates half a century of trademark efficiency, technology and luxury.
The XJ Series 1 started the unique dynasty in 1968 and for 8 generations, the high-end saloon has been turning heads all over the world. Whether carrying VIPs and political leaders, or functioning as the preferred vehicle for business leaders and royalty, the XJ has been an essential on our roadways for five decades.
Innovating given that its arrival, the XJ has actually epitomised the forward-thinking method that has actually set Jaguar’s high-end saloon apart over the past 50 years. Four years into its life it ended up being the world’s only mass-produced 12-cylinder four-door car and, with a leading speed of 140mph (225km/h), it was likewise the fastest four-seater of its time.
Further models followed, sporting both standard and long wheelbases, as well as two and four-door body styles. The Series 2 was the first to provide a two-door coupé model in 1975 and the XJ40, in production for 8 years from 1986, introduced the celebrated ‘J’ gate equipment shifter and self-levelling suspension.
An advanced aluminium monocoque bodyshell helped in reducing the XJ’s weight by 40 percent from 2003, prior to the current XJ model brought additional technologies such as all-wheel drive and a virtual instrument cluster. With the intro of Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum’s now iconic style language, it was likewise released with a wraparound rear screen and unique feline claw motivated rear lights.
Constantly evolving while remaining among the world’s genuinely excellent saloon cars, XJ has actually enjoyed a series of high-profile screen appearances. Starring roles in movies like Love Actually and The Long Good Friday, along with the James Bond franchise, are proof of the XJ’s withstanding cultural appeal.
Exposed for the first time at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, the 2019 Jaguar XJ50 is visually separated by the basic XJ sedan by having unique front and rear bumpers, a gloss black grille, unique badges on the side vents, along with 20-inch alloy wheels with a gloss black diamond turned finish.
Inside, the glamorous cabin features soft-grain diamond-quilted seats with an embossed leaper on the headrests and an XJ50 logo on the centre armrest. Special intaglio branding and XJ50-badged brightened treadplates also distinguish the anniversary edition, together with anodised gearshift paddles and intense metal pedals.
The 2019 Jaguar XJ50 is based upon the long-wheelbase version of Jaguar’s flagship sedan and will be offered with a choice of a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 with all- or rear-wheel drive and a rear-drive only 470-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 variant.
Four colors will be available: Rosello Red, Santorini Black, Fuji White, and Loire Blue. How something along the lines of British Racing Green didn’t make the cut remains a marketing mystery, nevertheless.
The 2019 Jaguar XJ50 is a fitting tribute to the enduring style and efficiency of Jaguar’s luxury saloon. It is offered to order now priced from ₤ 74,280 in the UK and exported to 100 nations.