New Jaguar Sedan Goes After the Panamera and the Rapide

A recent press event took place where a few Jaguar spokesmen revealed plans about the British/Indian brand's upcoming new engines. Channel 4 is reporting that during this event some officials spilled a few tiny beans about a new Jaguar sedan to be introduced later in 2009.

“This takes, we believe, the luxury saloon to new heights in terms of its technical enhancements.” said MD Mike O'Driscoll, as quoted by the aforementioned source. Since the number of spy-shots of the upcoming XJ replacement have recently peaked it seems that this is the car Jaguar officials were talking about.

OK, so far so good, but the real news is that the new vehicle might be more than just a classier option to the BMW 7 Series, and actually hunt for the recently revealed Porsche Panamera or the upcoming Aston Martin Rapide.

The decision to “flatten” the XJ and make it more four-door-coupe-like in the niche created by the Mercedes-Benz CLS might not seem like such a bad one considering the XF is also following a more slanted look with much more success than the old-school S-Type did.

The official confirmation for the new model comes as a not so big surprise since Jaguar is already preparing to unveil the E 63, M5 and RS6 fighter, the XF-R. Also, the Detroit Auto Show will most probably also host the addition of an updated XK and XK-R and the new range of V8 petrol and V6 diesel engines.

Since it was bought by Indian Tata Motors in early 2008, the Jaguar-Land Rover Group hasn't exactly had a ball, but it was one of the few companies to reports a rise in sales, mainly thanks to the launch of the XF model. The Indians have started a new program that will refocus the entire product line-up and the upcoming XJ replacement might be the first model to actually put their money where their mouth is.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Alex Oagana
Alex Oagana profile photo

Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories