And Jaguar car dealers have today opened order books for the XJ, which starts at £52,500 for the 3.0-litre V6 diesel Luxury variant.
The aluminium XJ marks a radical step forward for Jaguar design. It owes little to its predecessors, and instead leans heavily on the advanced, sleek look of the BMW 5 Series-rivalling Jaguar XF.
Jaguar’s new Mercedes S-Class rival boasts a new panoramic glass roof, which creates both a super-light cabin, and also gives it a coupe-like roofline. Jaguar will offer two variants – standard or long-wheelbase.
Inside, there’s a modern, XF-inspired cabin, coming in a variety of trim options: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio, Supercharged and Supersport.
Key features include a leather rooflining, semi-aniline leather seats and laser-inlay veneers. Not to mention 12.3-inch high-definition ‘virtual instruments’, and a super-clever 8-inch touchscreen that can show TV programmes to the passenger while also displaying navigation to the driver…
There’s also an optional 1200W stereo.
Jaguar says service intervals are 15,000 miles, emissions are low, fuel economy high and reliability top-drawer. The new Jaguar XJ has also been designed with lots of input from industry heads, so comes in the ideal guise for high RVs.
The diesel model can average up to 40.1mpg, and emits 184g/km of CO2.
Jaguar Cars MD, Mike O’Driscoll, said: ‘These are truly exciting times for us at Jaguar. The new XJ is truly beautiful, exhilarating to drive, and with its bold, enlightened approach to design, it meets the challenges of our fast-changing world.
‘It re-imagines the ultimate sporting luxury car.’
Do you agree? What are your views on the new Brit luxury saloon, which arrives on UK roads in early 2010? Be sure to let us know… and come back later for more news on the new Jaguar XK.