Jaguar today announces the detail of the new XJ saloon – and why it is the most advanced production Jaguar ever.
On sale from spring 2003, the all-new XJ – already acclaimed for its stunning appearances in polished aluminium at the recent Paris and British motor shows – provides the blueprint for future intelligent manufacturing of large saloon cars.
With an aluminium monocoque structure that brings outstanding weight savings compared to conventional steel cars, the new XJ is lighter than the outgoing model by up to 200 kg. This brings marked improvements in fuel economy and emissions and also provides excellent safety and crash protection. In addition, the lighter vehicle weight allows for increased performance across the board and great agility.
"Using aluminium throughout, we have created a car that takes technology – and the application of technology – to new heights.
The new XJ is without doubt the most advanced Jaguar ever."
Mike Beasley, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars
The XJ saloon is the bedrock on which the Jaguar of today is based. Seven generations of XJ – from the very first XJ6 unveiled by Sir William Lyons in 1968, to the all-new model that made its public debut in September 2002 – have taken the mantle of the definitive Jaguar saloon. Total production since the first XJ model in 1968 is now comfortably past 800,000 cars – more than half of all Jaguars ever built.