Jaguar Cars officially unveiled the all-new XJ car at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London.Hosted by Jay Leno, the launch of the new Jaguar flagship was attended by an invited audience that included public figures, business leaders, celebrities and media.
Jaguar Cars Managing Director, Mike O'Driscoll, commented: "These are truly exciting times for us at Jaguar. The new XJ is truly beautiful, exhilarating to drive, and with its bold, enlightened approach to design, it meets the challenges of our fast-changing world. "
The all-new XJ is available to order, with the first European customers due to receive their cars in early 2010.
Building on the success of the new XK and XF models, the introduction of the all-new XJ is a landmark for the revitalized Jaguar brand. Clearly positioned as the company's four-door flagship, it extends the appeal of the XJ to a new generation of customers.
An innovative panoramic glass roof is an integral part of the new XJ's design, enabling the car to have a lower, more streamlined roofline, while dramatically enhancing the feeling of light and space inside.
Standard- and long-wheelbase models are available from launch. The long-wheelbase offers an even more sumptuous and refined environment for rear-seat passengers with an additional 125mm of legroom.
The all-new XJ's cabin is a marvel in its own right, blending elegant, contemporary design with the comfort, luxury and unmistakable sporting style of a Jaguar. Chrome and piano black detailing provide an eye-catching contrast to the crafted leather and veneer surfaces.
To complement the all-new cabin design is a level of choice in colors, veneers and leathers not seen before in a Jaguar. Three specification levels - Luxury, Premium Luxury and Portfolio - allow the customer to tailor the car to suit their tastes. Beyond this are the Supercharged and the top-of-the-range Supersport, the latter providing the ultimate expression of performance and luxury, with a specification that includes a leather rooflining, semi-aniline leather seats and veneers with laser inlays.
All of Jaguar's new ultra-efficient Gen III gasoline and diesel engines will be available in European version of the XJ. The 3.0-liter V6 diesel, 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 and 5.0-liter supercharged V8 have already proved their breadth of ability, and they are joined by a 470hp version of the supercharged engine. Fuel economy and emissions are also outstanding, with the diesel-powered XJ returning combined economy figures of 40.1mpg (Imperial) and CO2 emissions of 184g/km.
Proven Jaguar dynamic technologies are taken to new levels in the all-new XJ. Features such as air suspension, Adaptive Dynamics (continuously variable damping), Active Differential Control and quick-ratio power steering deliver the blend of responsive, dynamic handling and refined, supple ride expected from a Jaguar.
Inside the car, advanced technologies have allowed Jaguar's designers to create an environment more akin to a state-of-the-art living space than a simple car cabin.
Stunning, 12.3" high-definition Virtual Instruments complement an innovative, Dual-View technology 8" Touchscreen that can project DVD movies or television programs to the passenger while the driver views vehicle functions or follows satellite navigation.
Premium surround sound options include the top-of-the-range 1200W Bowers & Wilkins system, which is comparable in audio quality to the best in-home entertainment. Advanced infotainment features also include hard drive-based audio and navigation systems, and comprehensive connectivity for portable audio and video devices via the powerful Media Hub.
The new XJ also takes a new approach to sustainable motoring. Constructed using Jaguar's aerospace-inspired aluminum body technology, the XJ is lighter than its rivals by at least 150kg which significantly improves performance, handling and economy, while delivering increased strength, refinement and safety.
The lightweight aluminum structure - with 50% recycled material - underpinned by a lifecycle approach to vehicle design and manufacture, enables the new XJ to minimize its carbon footprint. This alone creates a potential saving of three tonnes of CO2 per vehicle, compared to a bodyshell made from new aluminum.
The all-new XJ offers extremely attractive cost of ownership with impressive fuel economy and emissions performance across the range and 15000-mile service intervals. These benefits are just some of the results of Jaguar's obsessive attention to detail during product development. Processes such as the use of the latest `virtual' technologies to implement 40,000 quality-specific assessments are one of the reasons that the Jaguar brand has received numerous recognitions for vehicle quality.