Jaguar has officially launched its new XJ sedan, which marks a radical departure from the British company’s iconic model.
The design team, led by Giles Taylor, has produced a shape that is both linked to the XF but also carves a new direction for big Jaguars.
The rear is the most controversial element of the styling, featuring wrap-over tail-lights with the suggestion of a cat’s claw in the lenses.
The XJ may have similar dimensions to the car it replaces but it appears much bigger. It also uses the same bonded/riveted aluminum construction pioneered in the previous car, and at about 1820 lbs it is far lighter than its rivals.
Three different engines are offered: a supercharged 5.0-liter, all-alloy gasoline V8; a normally aspirated version of the same engine, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel.
Production starts at the end of September with deliveries expected in early 2010.