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30 June 2009

More Jaguar XJ details have been teased, with engineering chief Mike Cross explaining the driving dynamics of the new car.

Cross explains how the new Jaguar XJ will juggle agility with comfort, thanks to its aluminium construction.

"With the new XJ we've tried to balance all the driving attributes, so the car firstly needs to drive like it looks," says Cross. "The dynamics are both agile and comfortable, but we've also tried to make the engine and transmission to be both agile, responsive but also smooth.

"We've got a light, stiff body and that allows us to engineer precision in to the suspension without engineering in harshness, so you get the best of both worlds.

"So in all ways with the new Jaguar we were trying to balance response with smoothness, comfort with agility and in terms of how the car sounds, there's a power sound when you exercise the car, but it's also quiet and refined when you're cruising.

"It's quite a large car but it absolutely doesn't feel like it. It very agile but still refined and comfortable. It's a great car to be driven in but even better to drive."

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The new Jaguar XJ will be unveiled at a glitzy London launch on 9 July.

Both short and long-wheelbase versions wil be launched together. Power will come from a twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel and 510bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8.

Jaguar has also confirmed that the new car will be launched in both short and long wheelbase versions.

All models are likely to be highly specified and customers will be able to tailor spec and options more than on previous Jags. The new XJ also comes with a panoramic glass roof.

 

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Jaguar XJ

The Jaguar XJ is a thoroughly modern luxury saloon, and a brilliantly capable one

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