Jaguar XJ (X351)
The Jaguar XJ is the latest Jaguar XJ
Jaguar XJ
Jaguar XJ is the designation that has been used for a series of luxury saloon cars sold under the British Jaguar marque. The first XJ was launched in 1968 and the designation has been used for successive Jaguar flagship models since then. The original model was the last Jaguar saloon to have had...

 luxury saloon from Jaguar Cars. Completely new styling combines with underpinnings based on the previous X350 version.


Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is a British automotive company owned by Tata Motors of India. It develops, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Jaguar and Land Rover marques.-History:...

 invited Jay Leno
Jay Leno
James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno is an American stand-up comedian and television host.From 1992 to 2009, Leno was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00 p.m. ,...

 to unveil the new XJ during the launch at the Saatchi Gallery
Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery is a London gallery for contemporary art, opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 in order to exhibit his collection to the public. It has occupied different premises, first in North London, then the South Bank by the River Thames and currently in Chelsea. Saatchi's collection, and...

 in London on 9 July 2009. The unveiling was broadcast live on the Jaguar website. US model was unveiled in 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Production of the car was due to begin in September 2009, with first deliveries being made in early 2010. However, the sale was delayed to December.

On 11 May 2010, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the Head of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister and Cabinet are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the Sovereign, to Parliament, to their political party and...

 took delivery of a long-wheelbase, armoured, dark grey XJ
Prime Ministerial Car (United Kingdom)
The Prime Ministerial Car refers to a number of British manufactured vehicles used by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The vehicles currently used are armoured, custom built Jaguar XJ Sentinel supercharged 5.0-litre V8 models...

 as the official state car
Official state car
An official state car is a car used by a government to transport its head of state in an official capacity, which may also be used occasionally to transport other members of the government or visiting dignitaries from other countries. On a state visit, the official state car might be transported...

 of the United Kingdom.


The XJ was designed at Jaguar Land Rover's Whitley plant
Whitley plant
The Whitley plant, situated in Whitley, Coventry in the West Midlands of England, is one of the engineering centres of Jaguar Land Rover and the headquarters of Jaguar Cars...

 in Coventry, by a team led by design director Ian Callum
Ian Callum
Ian Callum is a British car designer who currently serves as Design Director for Jaguar and is older brother to fellow car designer Moray Callum. He is married, has two sons and currently resides in Oxfordshire, England.-Early years:...

. The new design is a complete break from any earlier XJ although mechanically the car is a development of the previous version.


In addition to the standard version with a 3035 mm (119.5 in) wheelbase, a long-wheelbase version is available with a 3160 mm (124.4 in) wheelbase. However, unlike other full-size flagship luxury cars, the long-wheelbase variant was designed first and is expected to make up 67 percent of sales in the United States market.
Models Luxury Premium Luxury Portfolio Supersport
Engines 3.0D 3.0D, 5.0 3.0D, 5.0, 5.0 Supercharged 470PS 3.0D, 5.0 Supercharged 510PS
Wheels (standard) Meru 18-inch alloy Aleutian 19-inch alloy Kasuga 20-inch alloy Mataiva 20-inch alloy


Engines are enlarged and upgraded versions of the previous V8 petrol and V6 diesel
Diesel engine
A diesel engine is an internal combustion engine that uses the heat of compression to initiate ignition to burn the fuel, which is injected into the combustion chamber...

ModelType (displacement, bore x stroke)power, torque@rpmacceleration (0–100 km/h) (s)top speed
3.0 Litre V6 Diesel AJ-V6D GEN III 2993 cc V6 twin turbo, 84 millimetre 275 PS @ 4,000, 600 N·m (442.5 ft·lbf) @ 2,000 6.4 165 mph (73.8 m/s)
5.0 Litre V8 Petrol AJ-V8 GEN III 5000 cc V8, 92.5 millimetre 385 PS @ 6,500, 515 N·m (379.8 ft·lbf) @ 3,500 5.7 165 mph (73.8 m/s)
5.0 Litre V8 Petrol Supercharged 470PS AJ-V8 GEN III 5000 cc V8 supercharged, 92.5 millimetre 470 PS @ 6,000-6,500, 575 N·m (424.1 ft·lbf) @ 2,500-5,500 5.2 165 mph (73.8 m/s)
5.0 Litre V8 Petrol Supercharged 510PS AJ-V8 GEN III 5000 cc V8 supercharged, 92.5 millimetre 510 PS @ 6,000-6,500, 625 N·m (461 ft·lbf) @ 2,500-5,500 4.9 165 mph (73.8 m/s)

Transmission and speed

All 2010 models of the Jaguar XJ include standard six-speed automatic transmission
Automatic transmission
An automatic transmission is one type of motor vehicle transmission that can automatically change gear ratios as the vehicle moves, freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually...

 with Jaguar Sequential Shift carried over from the previous car, the main change being steering wheel paddles rather than the "J" gate. The car has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.


The XJ features a lightweight aluminium
Aluminium or aluminum is a silvery white member of the boron group of chemical elements. It has the symbol Al, and its atomic number is 13. It is not soluble in water under normal circumstances....

 floorpan & body (with 50% recycled material content) based on the X350 chassis and retaining a proportion of the earlier floor pan. The biggest change is reversion to steel coil springs for the front suspension, retaining air suspension
Air suspension
Air suspension is a type of vehicle suspension powered by an engine driven or electric air pump or compressor. This pump pressurizes the air, using compressed air as a spring. Air suspension replaces conventional steel springs. If the engine is left off for an extended period, the car will settle...

 for the rear only. Continuously variable damping electronically controlled as before but with driver selectable modes. The aluminum alloy uni-body makes the XJL among the lightest of the full-size luxury sedans despite its exterior proportions, weighing in at 4131 lb (1,873.8 kg), which is 245 lb (111.1 kg) lighter than the mid-size/executive BMW 550i.


Driver information and entertainment is provided by a Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins is a British loudspeaker company that produces mid-range through reference quality hi-fi and home theater speakers. The company name is often abbreviated to just B&W.Joe Atkins is current owner and chairman...

 1200-watt, 20-speaker Dolby 7.1 surround-sound system and a bi-directional touch screen display - on which the driver can only see the vehicle functions (and satellite navigation data), but a front passenger can simultaneously view a DVD movie or a television transmission. Standard equipment levels on the United States-spec XJL with the base engine includes a panoramic dual-pane moonroof, lane-departure warning, navigation, quad-zone climate control and power sunshades, which is considered to be generous at this price point compared to other flagship luxury saloons.

Fuel economy and emissions

The diesel engined version will have a fuel economy of better than 40 mpgimp and a emission rating of 184 g/km.


The vehicle is produced at the Castle Bromwich Assembly
Castle Bromwich Assembly
Castle Bromwich Assembly is a factory owned by Jaguar Cars. It is located on the Chester Road in Castle Vale, Birmingham, England.The facility currently handles body stamping operations, body assembly, paint and trim, and final assembly for the Jaguar XF, Jaguar XJ and Jaguar XK...

 plant in Castle Bromwich
Castle Bromwich
Castle Bromwich is a suburb situated within the northern part of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull in the English county of West Midlands. It is bordered by the rest of the borough to the south east, North Warwickshire to the east and north east; also Shard End to the south west, Castle Vale,...

, UK.

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