Jaguar is marking 50 years of its flagship XJ high-end saloon– the option of business leaders, stars, political leaders and royalty for 5 decades– with the launch of a new special edition model. Exposed at the Beijing Motor Show, the Jaguar XJ50 celebrates half a century of hallmark efficiency, technology and high-end.
The XJ Series 1 started the distinct dynasty in 1968 and for eight generations, the high-end saloon has been turning heads around the world. Whether transporting VIPs and politicians, or serving as the preferred vehicle for business leaders and royalty, the XJ has actually been an essential on our roadways for five decades.
Innovating considering that its arrival, the XJ has actually epitomised the forward-thinking method that has set Jaguar’s luxury saloon apart over the previous 50 years. 4 years into its life it became the world’s only mass-produced 12-cylinder four-door car and, with a leading speed of 140mph (225km/h), it was also the fastest four-seater of its time.
More models followed, sporting both basic and long wheelbases, in addition to two and four-door body designs. The Series 2 was the first to provide a two-door coupé model in 1975 and the XJ40, in production for 8 years from 1986, introduced the celebrated ‘J’ gate equipment shifter and self-levelling suspension.
An innovative aluminium monocoque bodyshell helped reduce the XJ’s weight by 40 per cent from 2003, before the existing XJ model brought additional technologies such as all-wheel drive and a virtual instrument cluster. With the intro of Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum’s now renowned design language, it was also launched with a wraparound rear screen and distinct feline claw influenced rear lights.
Constantly developing while remaining one of the world’s truly excellent saloon cars, XJ has enjoyed a series of high-profile screen appearances. Starring functions in films like Love Actually and The Long Good Friday, along with the James Bond franchise, are proof of the XJ’s sustaining cultural appeal.
2019 Jaguar XJ50 Exterior
Exposed for the first time at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, the 2019 Jaguar XJ50 is visually separated by the standard XJ sedan by having special front and rear bumpers, a gloss black grille, unique badges on the side vents, along with 20-inch alloy wheels with a gloss black diamond turned finish.
2019 Jaguar XJ50 Interior
Inside, the elegant cabin features soft-grain diamond-quilted seats with an embossed leaper on the headrests and an XJ50 logo design on the centre armrest. Distinct intaglio branding and XJ50-badged lit up treadplates likewise distinguish the anniversary edition, together with anodised gearshift paddles and brilliant metal pedals.
2019 Jaguar XJ50 Engine
The 2019 Jaguar XJ50 is based upon the long-wheelbase variation of Jaguar’s flagship sedan and will be used with a choice of a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 with all- or rear-wheel drive and a rear-drive only 470-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 variant.
2019 Jaguar XJ50 Colors
4 colors will be available: Rosello Red, Santorini Black, Fuji White, and Loire Blue. How something along the lines of British Racing Green didn’t make the cut stays a marketing secret, however.
2019 Jaguar XJ50 Price
The 2019 Jaguar XJ50 is a fitting tribute to the enduring design and performance of Jaguar’s luxury saloon. It is available to buy now priced from ₤ 74,280 in the UK and exported to 100 countries.