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Friday, 10 July 2009

OFFICIAL! - Jaguar reveals the new XJ with the help of Jay Leno

Just as expected, Jaguar has called Jay Leno, a fun guy and a car connoisseur, to present its new flagship, the 2010 XJ. The presentation took place in London, at the Saatchi Gallery and the car represents a real breakthrough in design for Jaguar.

The new XJ is 5.12 m long, 1.90 m wide, 1.46 m tall and bears a wheelbase of 3.03 m. In the regular sized body. When we get to the long wheelbase version, these specs change to 5.25 m long and a wheelbase of 3.16 m. The other dimensions are just the same. Luggage compartment hold up to 520 l. As expected, this proves the all-aluminium platform is still the same one used by the previous XJ, called X351.

Even though aluminium helps the car to be lighter than its competitors by 150 kg, the XJ is still heavy. Its weight goes from 1,755 kg, for the naturally aspirated version, to 1,915 kg, for the supercharged V8 version.

The new Jag, said to be a stretched version of XF (and is it bad at all?), will have four engine options, one diesel and three petrol units. The diesel powerplant will be a 3-litre V6 that produces 275 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 600 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The direct injection petrol units will be a naturally aspirated 5-litre V8 and two supercharged powerplants, one producing 470 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 575 Nm from 2,500 rpm to 5,500 rpm and the other generating 510 bhp from 6,000 rpm to 6,500 rpm and 625 Nm from 2,500 rpm to 5,500 rpm. All versions come with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual gear changes with throttles behind the wheel.

An interesting information about the car: it has no regular clusters, but a screen that reproduces them and changes according to the way the car is driven. Besides being much cheaper than the traditional clusters, this dashboard also causes a high tech effect. If the car proves to be reliable enough, this is going to be a trendsetter. Time will tell.

Source: Jaguar

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