A very early prototype of what is thought to be the next generation Jaguar XJ has been spotted testing on public roads

This Jaguar XJ test prototype — complete with internal roll cage and external sensors — is thought to be evidence of very early work on the next-generation XJ saloon.

It’s likely that this prototype is a hybrid of the new Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) floor and crash structure, combined with the upper structure of the current Jaguar XJ.

In its present form, the XJ was launched in late 2009 and is expected to be replaced by 2016. There’s no news on whether similar mould-breaking looks will be carried across to the new car.

By the time it is replaced, the XJ will be the only aluminium JLR model still based on the first-generation riveted-and-bonded aluminium architecture. The new XJ will be based on the PLA, which also underpins the latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The PLA is also scheduled to be used as a basis for the Land Rover Discovery replacement.

JLR revealed that a third of its entire engineering staff were working on the aluminium PLA platform and the Mk4 Range Rover. The PLA is more flexible in the kind of vehicle it can underpin, plus major changes have been made to the production-line technology, including the advanced robotic rivet guns.

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25 June 2013

The problem the current XJ has is the 'challenging' looks. It has a lovely interior and apparently drivers well, it is such a shame that they got the styling so wrong, Particularly after getting the XF so right.mDoes anyone know sales figures? My suspicion is that they are very poor, so it will be replaced early, hence the prototype....

 

25 June 2013

The new XJ is selling pretty well, actually. I remember the oracle Georg Kacher annoucing that Jaguar would never manage to sell 10,000 per year. While in fact:

Old XJ: 2006-2007-2008-2009: 11,300 - 10,800 - 3,200 - 2,800

New XJ: 2010 - 2011 - 2012:15,900 - 13,600 - 15,800

 

Now, given that we typically see 2 years between first sightings of the early prototypes and start of production I suspect that this prototype is actually preparing for the new XF. That one is due in 2 years, and we know that it will grown in size and share the same platform as the XJ...

25 June 2013

Thanks for the numbers, though I suspect that. It is a very tiny number compared to S Class or 7 Series sales. I also suspect that the internal projections were much higher.

25 June 2013

Thanks for the numbers, though I suspect that. It is a very tiny number compared to S Class or 7 Series sales. I also suspect that the internal projections were much higher.

25 June 2013

Broughster wrote:

Does anyone know sales figures? My suspicion is that they are very poor, so it will be replaced early, hence the prototype....

Never been a fan of sales figures as these can easily be manipulated, for the domestic market I prefer to use my own eyes to judge how well a car is selling. The previous XJ was a good seller in my village, but I hardly see any new shape XJ's. I recall seeing only TWO XJ's in recent years - a local elderly gent has one, the other was carrying a Mr D Cameron. I find it hard to believe the car was launched 3-4 years ago.

Of all the previous generation XJ owners around here, most have gone over to Merc E class, a few have XF's or even Evokes on their drive. Curiously, not one of them has a BMW, Audi or Lexus as a replacement.

Aesthetics obviously play their part, but wasn't the old XJ more affordable? (relatively speaking). I seem to remember a starting price of around £40k? The new XJ starts at £56k !!!

25 June 2013

scotty5 wrote:

Never been a fan of sales figures as these can easily be manipulated, for the domestic market I prefer to use my own eyes to judge how well a car is selling.

This reads like Monthy Python!  Imagine it being read by John Cleese...

25 June 2013

jason_recliner wrote:

scotty5 wrote:

Never been a fan of... etc

This reads like Monthy Python!  Imagine it being read by John Cleese...

 

Who or what is MONTHY Python?  

...the lesson being, we can all make others look like idiots when we want to.

There isn't one person on here who's perfect, so you may as well just contribute to the article rather than mock the readerships use of the English language.

25 June 2013

glad to see somoene drove down the motorway without due care and attention, one handed too!

jer

25 June 2013

current versions looks. Probably attracts more design lead edgy business leaders.  I also wonder if there is a trend for to lease lease chauffeurs and cars, with the preference for conservative 7 diesels and S classes. I'd buy a s/h one if I could think of a way to justify a 5m limo!

25 June 2013

have to agree not a fan of the XJ styling, I am sure it is a great drive and very refined. A lot of lightweight tech in its manufacturing process too.  But something about the styling is plain just awkward, especially the rear. Looks more Lancia than Jaguar.

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