Today, Jay Leno took the stage in England to introduce the 2010 Jaguar XJ. This model update follows on the successful update of theand launch of the , completing Jaguar's revamp of its model line-up. In his opening remarks, Leno commented on how it was a Jaguar that first got him into cars, an impressive achievement considering his current car collection.
The new XJ keeps many traditional Jaguar styling cues, such as a wire grille, but its sides come straight down; probably better for aerodynamics, rather than the more torpedo-like shape of older Jags. The roofline also extends back far over the trunk, with small triangular windows behind the main rear side windows. A standard glass top also has two sunroofs, both of which open, for front and rear seats.
Jaguar worked with stereo maker Bowers & Wilkins on the audio systems for the XK and XF, and continues the partnership in the XJ. The stereo for this car uses 1,200 watts of amplification, and includes a media hub with two USB ports for iPods and other sources along with Bluetooth audio streaming.
Instead of traditional analog instruments, the XJ gets a 12.3-inch high-resolution screen for its instrument cluster, with virtual speedometer and tachometer. The center LCD is an 8-inch touch screen for controlling audio, navigation, and the phone system.
The car will be built as a standard XJ and in a long wheelbase model, dubbed the XJL. The base engine for the car is a 5-liter V-8 making 385 horsepower. A supercharged version will also be available with 470 horsepower, and a Supersport model makes 510 horsepower.
The 2010 Jaguar XJ goes on sale in September.