These are the first spy shots of the next Jaguar XJ
3 December 2008

These are early spy shots of the next-generation Jaguar XJ, snapped in the UK today under heavy disguise.

Beneath all the cladding lies a radically modernised version of the British luxury saloon, with styling that's expected to be more in line with the smaller XF's.

Engines are likely to include an entry-level V6 and V8 plus a supercharged V8 version. A registration check reveals that this mule is running the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8. But, crucially, the new XJ could also spawn Jaguar's first hybrid model.

Jaguar is believed to be working with Leyland-based engineering firm Torotrak. The firm has developed a mild hybrid system by fixing a starter generator between the engine and its own Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT).

Unlike most hybrid systems, which are inefficient at a steady cruise, Torotrak claims its system is more efficient in real-world driving conditions.

It says the system can offer a 35 per cent improvement in fuel economy when applied to a conventional automatic transmission. Combined with Jaguar's petrol V6 engine, the system could allow the new XJ to easily achieve 35mpg-plus.

Dick Elsy, who was recently appointed managing director of Torotrak, used to be product development boss at Jaguar. The firm has also signed a licensing agreement to supply IVT technology to Jaguar's owner Tata.

The XJ will play a big part in Jaguar's new styling direction. This new luxury saloon will represent a significant shift towards a sleek, modern-looking four-door saloon. Jag's design team wants to take the looks of the brand's saloons and sports cars in two notably different directions.

At around five metres long, the new XJ is built around the same aluminium monocoque as its predecessor. All the body panels will be new and this XJ is expected to be marginally longer than the outgoing model.

Inside, expect a modern, XF-inspired cabin with high-end technology and a focus on providing exceptional levels of comfort and refinement.

It's due to go on sale in 2010 and we're expecting to see the production car in the metal for the first time at next autumn's Frankfurt motor show.

Will Powell

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3 December 2008

[quote Autocar]A registration check reveals that this mule is running the naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8.[/quote]

"A registration check"? I thought only Plod was able to run plates for identity, ownership and so on. Wasn't there a case recently of some plod jailed for passing ownership details of a car involved in a spat in a carpark to 'a mate' that lead to a reprisal attack on the owner who consequently died from shock? Would Will Powell explain what he means by "registration check". I for one would like to know why Autocar, a private company, has the ability to command such an action.

3 December 2008

[quote horseandcart] for one would like to know why Autocar, a private company, has the ability to command such an action.[/quote]

Anyone (for a small fee) can write to the DVLA to gain vehicle/ ownership details on almost any registration plate. Scary but true.

Also, if you go to most insurance websites and enter the registration plate of a vehicle, they will display make/model/engine details.

3 December 2008

[quote horseandcart]"A registration check"? I thought only Plod was able to run plates for identity, ownership and so on. Wasn't there a case recently of some plod jailed for passing ownership details of a car involved in a spat in a carpark to 'a mate' that lead to a reprisal attack on the owner who consequently died from shock? Would Will Powell explain what he means by "registration check". I for one would like to know why Autocar, a private company, has the ability to command such an action.[/quote]

Don't worry horseandcart, a registration check only reveals the vehicle's details, not anything about the owner. They are probably only running a standard HPI check that we used to use in the motor industry. You can pay Experian for the same service, there is nothing underhand going on here.

3 December 2008

Thanks fellas. My apologies to Mr Powell.

3 December 2008

more likley they did it for free

if u go to dvla.gov.uk then to tezing your veichle link, you can then do a veichle enquiry with a make and reg number. it gives engine size, colour etc, heres a link to save you the time

http://www.taxdisc.direct.gov.uk/EvlPortalApp/application;JSESSIONID_EvlPortalApp=J20jkmM3CGqc640mYT2tn7CKGBbblY7CvhBXQQ4DWBhvwH4YJTcn!-1874692578!-891684998?origin=vehicleEnquiryInfo_en.jsp&event=bea.portal.framework.internal.portlet.event&pageid=Vehicle+Enquiry&portletid=VehicleEnquiry&portletns=VehicleEnquiry_en&wfevent=link.next

Or you can get a small ammount of inforamtion from sites like mycarcheck.com

3 December 2008

i just realised the link dont work

so go to www.dvla.gov.uk

then on the right there is a link to "taxing your veichle"

then once that loads there is a green tab on the left that says "veichle enquirey"

from there i think its quite self explanitory what to fill in,

and this is where i think autocar gets there info from

4 December 2008

[quote horseandcart]"A registration check"? I thought only Plod was able to run plates for identity, ownership and so on.[/quote]

On the contrary, they know that the future owners will mainly favour gin and tonics and wear Edward Heath trousers.

PaulJ

5 December 2008

I hope there really is a car with the "XF’s features draped over an Aston Martin Rapide" underneath all that plastic.

5 December 2008

Jaguar should develop a graceful, rear wheel drive, highly luxurious MPV - a kind of top class RWD Galaxy - grace, pace and space. No-one else does - a class of one.

Bring back steel wheels.

5 December 2008

[quote W124]Jaguar should develop a graceful, rear wheel drive, highly luxurious MPV - a kind of top class RWD Galaxy - grace, pace and space. No-one else does - a class of one.
[/quote]

Some would say that's exactly what the arse R class already does.

Think I'd debate on the whole grace thing with that one though!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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