The basic design of the Jaguar XJ is essentially the same dating back to mid-1970s and even recognizable when compared to the original sedan from 1968 (2009 model pictured right). Following one of the longest runs of what has become a retro design, the Jaguar XJ is finally getting a completely new design to complement the sexy lines of the XF sedan and XK coupe. Jaguar's flagship sedan is scheduled to make its worldwide debut in London on July 9th, but it has recently been confirmed that the car will make its debut in the United States this fall at the South Florida International Auto Show in Miami.
Up to this point, Jaguar has only released a handful of teaser videos on the 2010 XJ showing only a single clear image of the car from directly overhead (see photo above). From this photo and recent spy photos, the new XJ is expected to break with the traditional design of the current and previous models to offer a more modern look inspired by the popular XF sedan. The redesign will feature a more athletic and rounded design with a coupe-like roofline and profile instead of the boxy styling of the current model. Like the XF, the styling of the all-new XJ will be highlighted by a prominent and unmistakable front grille, a sculpted hood and a short decklid.
In addition to the styling, the 2010 XJ will also benefit from aluminum body architecture which will reduce the car's overall weight helping to improve both performance and efficiency. Specifics on engine options will probably be unveiled along with the car, but Jaguar's microsite for the XJ claims it will have efficient V-6 and V-8 options. Like the current XJ, the 2010 model will be available in both regular and extended wheelbases. Expect a performance-tuned XJR sometime after the initial launch of the XJ offering a supercharged V-8 engine that could produce horsepower between 420 and 510. Jaguar engineered the new XJ with a balanced suspension that will balance smooth ride with responsive handling to give the car a driving dynamic that is both smooth and agile.
Like the exterior, Jaguar has also designed the cabin to provide an equal balance between comfort and luxury. While no pictures have been released about the car's cabin, the 2010 XJ will definitely get its own version of JaguarDrive as well as a powerful Bowers & Wilkins tuned specifically to this car. Introduced on the XF, JaguarDrive features a pop-up rotary dial for gear selections that is hidden away when the vehicle is off. As for a sound system, the all-new XJ has a Bowers & Wilkins system that was designed to optimize sound quality for all seating positions.
As far as its North American debut, the South Florida Auto Show isn't a new venue for new model debuts with luxury vehicles such as the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class and the 2004 Volvo XC90 all receiving their nationwide in Miami. This year's auto show will run from October 23 -31 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
For more information on the 2010 Jaguar XJ as well as designer interviews, visit http://www.jaguar.com/allnewxj/default.htm and then check back with Autotropolis after July 9, 2009 for additional details and photographs following the car's official debut.