It's finally here! A new Jaguar XJ that's not only technically advanced, but has a body that's worth drooling over.
The last XJ was like the class nerd, smart and full of tech, but dressed in father's hand-me-down clothing. The new one's been taken shopping by its friends and given a set of duds that are 21st century.
Like the previous XJ and the Audi A8, the new XJ features a body, both outer panels and under-structure, made out of aluminium. Without quoting exact weights, Jaguar says that the XJ is 150kg lighter than its key rivals, namely the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
LED lights, such as those used in the XJ's tail-lights, may last longer and turn on or off quicker, but the main reason car makers are flocking to them is that they can fashion them easily into all manner of interesting shapes.
Jaguar's integrated entertainment and information system is dubbed Media Hub and features CD/DVD playback, analog and digital TV reception, Bluetooth hands-free, an auxiliary jack and two USB ports. There's also a hard disk for storing sat nav map data, as well as for ripping CDs onto — Gracenote's music tagging database is thrown in for good measure.
In Europe, at least, three engines will be offered. On the diesel front there's a 202kW 3.0-litre turbocharged V6, while for petrol lovers there's a choice of a 283kW 5.0-litre V8 and a supercharged version of that engine offering either 346kW or 375kW.