The Jaguar XJ is a series of full-size luxury cars manufactured and marketed by the British car manufacturer Jaguar Cars between 1968 and 2019. The XJ was thought of and created by Jaguar's founder, Sir William Lyons, as a spacious, safe, elegant, and sporty sedan that offered drivers a sample of the manufacturer's GT cars. It was also rebadged as a Daimler and marketed in its home country, where it was often equipped with more luxurious features.
History of the Jaguar XJ
First Generation Jaguar XJ (1968–1986)
To replace the E-type with a GT 4-seat variant tailored to the needs of the American market, Lyons directed the car's construction and styling. The E-type inspired the front and back designs of this two-door model. The original Jaguar XJ was codenamed "Project XJ4" internally before it was released to the public as the 1968 Jaguar XJ Series I. As development continued on the new model, it was concluded that back doors were required, along with a shorter front and rear end, a revised grille, and four new headlamps. The grille's design, featuring both vertical and horizontal bars, helps to set the vehicle apart from the competition.
Second Generation Jaguar XJ (1986–1994)
Because of the first generation XJ's antiquity, Jaguar chose to discontinue it after nearly two decades of production, beginning in 1968. Although the model broke up its predecessor's run into three series, those were largely just iterative improvements to the original 1968 model. The XJ from 1986, however, marked a new beginning. The XJ40 project had been in the works since the early 1970s, but they put it on hold because of the 1973 oil crisis. Jaguar Cars again delayed the development due to the second oil crisis until 1986, when it was ultimately introduced. The British automaker had originally hoped to work with the Italian automotive design company Pininfarina on the vehicle's styling. Still, rising expenses meant they ultimately had to draft the design themselves. As a result, the vehicle's design went through an incremental change rather than a radical one. Jaguar outfitted the inside with top-tier components and provided access to the vehicle's storage bins full of premium goodies. Though it was the company's flagship model, oddly enough, the base models came with wool upholstery, and leather was only available as an upgrade. The manufacturer fitted inline-6 and V12 engines with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The engine only drives the back wheels.
The X300, which debuted in October 1994 at the Paris Motor Show, was designed to recall the Series XJ's curvier iterations visually. The AJ16 inline-six engine, standard on X300 vehicles with six cylinders, is an upgraded version of the AJ6 engine's electronic distributorless ignition technology. When the development of the X300 ended in 1997, the V12 was still an option. During the production of the X300, Jaguar unveiled its first-ever supercharged road vehicle, the XJR.
The X308 generation was introduced in 1997, bringing a rebranding from XJ6 and XJ12 to XJ8 to represent the new V8 engines powering the cars. The X308's exterior design is mostly based on the X300, with a few minor upgrades.
Third Generation Jaguar XJ (1995–2003)
In 1997, Jaguar made a solid return to the market for luxury sedans with the introduction of the entirely redesigned XJ model. Ford discovered Jaguar in poor financial condition when it acquired the company in 1990. The Coventry-based automaker only offered outdated models, such as the XJS and XJ flagships, which were no longer as trendy and fresh. Additionally, because of the engines' age, there was a chance they wouldn't pass the Euro 3 emission test. Ford intervened and provided the funding required to enhance the lineup. The British automaker introduced the XK in 1996 to replace the 25-year-old XJS, while the XJ8 was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show the following year. Although it was built on the same 1985 XJ40 platform, the car had a different look. According to the automaker, the interior was handcrafted and opulent, with pricey leather and wood veneers. The tachometer, speedometer, and a third cluster that showed the coolant temperature and fuel level were each shown separately on the instrument panel. Jaguar fitted the latest V-8 engine first seen in the XK8 under the hood. It was matched with a ZF 5-speed automatic transmission.
Fourth Generation Jaguar XJ (2003–2009)
XJ (X350) (2003–2007)
Jaguar's third-generation XJ, which debuted in 2003 and is still in production under the XJ8 moniker, included a new chassis and body design but retained the XJ moniker. Known internally as the X350, it features a lightweight aluminum body and chassis, a more powerful new V8, and more room inside and for cargo.
It was the first Jaguar XJ to be built from the ground up after Ford purchased the company. It features electronics and computer-controlled systems derived from Ford's established network of suppliers and partners. The V8 engine came in a supercharged version with displacements of 3.5L and 4.2L. Additional options included a 3.0L V6 engine. A new 6-speed automatic transmission was installed, which reduced weight and improved fuel economy through gear lock-up and a wider range of gear ratios.
XJ (X358) (2007–2009)
At the end of February 2007, a redesigned edition of the X350 was released with a new lower grille, a smaller boot lid spoiler, larger fake side air vents, and redesigned seats.
Fifth Generation Jaguar XJ (2010–2019)
The Jaguar XJ was introduced in July 2009 by Jay Leno and Elle Macpherson at a press event held at London's Saatchi Gallery. The reveal was shown in real-time on the Jaguar website. The XJ breaks away from the traditional styling of the XJ Series seen in prior models, reflecting the new design philosophy of Jaguar under Ian Callum. The new automobile is considerably larger than its forerunner, being longer and broader. The X351 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors by offering numerous trim levels, including regular, long-wheelbase, and special editions. Most sales are expected to come from a 3.0L diesel V6 with twin turbocharging, while the 5.0L petrol V8 can be naturally aspirated or supercharged. In 2013, Jaguar Cars added a more fuel-efficient option to the diesel unit to the lineup in the form of a 3.0L supercharged V6. In 2015, the X351 underwent yet another round of redesigns.
Electric Jaguar XJ
Jaguar Land Rover announced on July 5, 2019, that they would use the Castle Bromwich assembly factory to produce an all-electric version of the XJ luxury saloon car. The release year for the vehicle was projected to be 2020. Jaguar Land Rover canceled the all-electric XJ project on February 15, 2021, because it was no longer aligned with the company's strategic goals.
In 2019, Jaguar Cars sold the Jaguar XJ with a starting MSRP of $76,995 for the base R-Sport model, rising to $124,295 for the top-of-the-line XJR575 trim.
- R-Sport - $76,995 ($89,196 in 20220
- XJL Portfolio Long-Wheelbase - $86,500 ($100,207 in 2022)
- XJR575 - $124,295 ($143,991 in 2022)
- XJR575 with Options - $130,000 ($150,600 in 2022)
Features of the Jaguar XJ
The current XJ is still a beautiful sedan despite being about a decade old. It has classic, modest styling compared to the new, angular grilles and headlights.
Based on the trim level, the wide Jag grille features the manufacturer's emblem and brand decals, and the complete LED headlights incorporate the "Double J" LED daytime running lights. Standard basic models are 19-inch alloy wheels, and larger 20-inch alloy wheels are available on higher trims. The dual tailpipes are a given. However, the typical vertical taillights are distinctive in a sea of identical sedans. The R-Sport and Supercharged variants come standard with a trunk lid spoiler shared with the XJR575, while the limited-edition XJ50 gets a rear valance particular to the trim with model-specific badging.
With high-quality materials and opulent style, the interior is properly posh for the XJ's position at the top of the Jaguar series. Both normal and long-wheelbase variants are available, with the latter providing a significantly roomier rear seat. The XJ is a beautiful vehicle, but there are still some flaws with the quality of construction and the buggy infotainment system. A 20-speaker Meridian audio system, heated and cooled front and rear seats, and touchscreen infotainment with navigation are all standard on all XJs. Jaguar also sold an additional 26-speaker sound system option for interested customers. Numerous driver-assistance systems, such as lane-keeping assistance and automated emergency braking, are also standard equipment. Still, Jaguar charges more for adaptive cruise control and a self-parking option.
Specs and Performance of the Jaguar XJ
A supercharged 3.0L V6 with a quick 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque is found in the lower tiers of the XJ. This can be connected to the standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or the available all-wheel drive (AWD). The mid-level models use the first of two supercharged 5.0L V8 engines; it produces 470 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. The XJ's V8 engines only come with rear-wheel drive. An upgraded version of this engine powers the top-tier XJR575 vehicle, producing a delightfully overwhelming 575 hp and 517 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters is standard equipment in all XJ vehicles. Dimension-wise, the Jaguar XJ long wheelbase measures 5,248 mm (206.6 in) long, 1,895 mm (74.6 in) wide, and 1,448 mm (57 in) high. Its wheelbase measures 3,157 mm (124.3 in) with a curb weight of 4,171 lbs (1,892 kg) for the supercharged model.
Jaguar Cars released the Jaguar XJ from 1968 to 2019 in five distinct generations. The 2019 Jaguar XJ was released in late 2019.