The Jaguar XJ is one of the best-selling automobiles in the Jaguar. Over 800,000 of these models have been sold, which is a little more than 50% of all Jaguars that have ever come off the line. From the vision and inspiration of Sir William Lyons to the hands of thousands of Jaguar enthusiasts, this car is truly a standard in innovation and design.
A Brief History of the Jaguar XJ – The Luxurious Jungle Cat
The first Jaguar XJ emerged from the factory in 1968, thanks to Sir William Lyons. It was made as a hybrid of the popular compact sports car, the Mark II, and the also popular S-Type. It was made to look like a limousine and act like a sports car.
Technology and Innovations of the Jaguar XJ
The 2019 Jaguar XJ is built with an aluminum unibody design for precise handling and performance. It comes with the choice of three engine options, with the 5.0L V-8 Supercharged engine at the top. Some of the top features include adaptive dynamics, the JaguarDrive Selector, and All-Surface Progress Control for total road assistance.
A Timeline of the Jaguar XJ
- Jaguar XJ Series I (1968-1973)
The XJ came from the fact that it was an “eXperimental” car. The design utilized a V-12 engine and styling cues from the 420 and Mark sedans.
- Jaguar XJ12 Series I (1971-1973)
In 1971, the V-12 got a bit of a boost with an added max mph of 147 mph. The wheel-base was extended in length too, making it a bit longer than the original Series I.
- Jaguar XJ Series II (1973-1979)
The Series II got a bit of a facelift with a few trim changes, power windows, and central locking. The wheelbase was extended again and the V-6 and V-12 engines adopted fuel injection.
- Jaguar XJ-C (1975-1977)
Jaguar introduced this coupe model in 1975 and 10,000 were produced. It became a brief racing car and had a B-pillar-less design, which is quite unique compared to the other XJ12s of the time.
- Jaguar XJ-C (1979-1992)
The Series III XJ came with a revised roofline and updated front-end cues. A higher-compression ratio was added to the engine to improve overall fuel efficiency.
- Jaguar XJ40 (1986-1994)
The XJ40 utilized a new AJ6 six-cylinder engine with a four-speed automatic transmission and came with a squared-off design. It was the very first model to use Jaguar’s unique J-gate shifter.
- Jaguar X300 (1994-1997)
The Jaguar X300 was made after a $300 million dollar investment from Ford. The curved body was reintroduced and a new 4.0L inline-six engine was added to the engine lineup.
- Jaguar XJ X308 (1997-2002)
The X308 was basically the same as the X300 ad used a new 4.0L supercharged engine.
- Jaguar XJ X350 (2003-2009)
The X350 model saw a complete redesign with a new aluminum body that cut the weight by about 40%. The V-8 engine grew to 4.2 liters and the wheelbase was increased.
- Jaguar XJ X351 (2010-Present)
The Jaguar X351 came after the sale from Ford to Tata, an Indian automaker. This car features a rounded housing, a squared-off grille, and single-piece headlights, effectively changing everything that was known about the XJ up to that point.
The Jaguar XJ In the News
Jaguar recently announced that they are planning an electric version of their XJ that will be hitting the market in 2020. Check out some plans for the car in the video below:
Celebrity Endorsements of the Jaguar XJ
As an icon in British style, there are loads of celebrity XJ owners, including Patrick Stewart, James May, and Eamonn Holmes.
Best Jaguar XJ Groups
If you’re looking for a place to flaunt your XJ or show love for the XJs of the world, we recommend heading on over to Jag Lovers group.
The Jaguar XJ – A Style Icon With Luxury and Speed
While we sit and wait for 2020 to roll around so that we can get behind the wheel of the new Jaguar electric XJ, we can only reminisce on how great this classic car has been. We look forward to what the future holds for the standout automobile, the Jaguar XJ.