• Jan 7, 2009
Is Jaguar planning a Panamera and Rapide challenger? Until now we've had speculation and spy pics, but Channel 4 is reporting that Jaguar officials have confirmed plans to "introduce a new saloon" later this year, that "takes the luxury saloon to new heights in terms of its technical enhancements." Although this new sedan will eventually replace the XJ in the company's lineup, it is said to be radically different from the traditional sedan. Imagine XF detailing on a four-door XK and you won't be far off from the vehicle that's due to show up later this year.

No official details have been reported, but Jaguar officials are apparently mentioning the Porsche Panamera, Maserati Quattroporte, Aston Martin Rapide and Mercedes-Benz CLS as competition. Engine options will likely include Jaguar's new 3.0L V6 diesel as well as the new direct-injection, 5.0L gas V8s in naturally aspirated or supercharged form. The car should be revealed later this year, making 2009 a very busy year for the company. Jaguar is already set to unveil the supercharged XF-R, as well as updated XJ, XK and XKR models, along with its new V8 and V6 diesel engines at the Detroit Auto Show next week. We can hardly wait.

[Source: Channel 4]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I doubt the money is there but i would love to see Jaguar produce both a 4-door coupe and a standard 4-door saloon. The lines of the 4-door coupe are very sexy and attractive to many buyers but there are still those who want the rear head room only afforded by a traditional saloon body style.

      The XJ is gorgeous, IMHO, though i agree that it needs a serious make-over. Its interior is too crampt, the overall design is dated; but there are some truly unique and beautiful elements that have been the hallmark of the XJ that i would hate to see disappear in the name of progress.

      Maybe i'm just old-fashioned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks promising :) I have to say I am fairly pleased with Jaguar's new design scheme. It's pretty sleek, but also relatively subtle. I don't think this new XJ will be nearly as curvy as the Fisker Karma, but rather along the lines of Audi A6 meets Aston Martin Rapide.

      I really want to see some prettier headlights than those on the production XF. The concept design had BEAUTIFUL blinkers, but Jaguar replaced them with these bulgy things that I think disrupt the flow of the design... just my 2 cents. Sorry if I offended any Jag owners.

      1 more thing...

      CAN WE PLEASE STOP IT ALREADY WITH THE "4-DOOR COUPE" NONSENSE??? Why can't we just call it a sedan/saloon if it has 4 doors? And a coupe if it has a non-retractible hard top and 2 doors?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Can we please put an end to this "can we put an end to this four-door coupe nonsense" nonsense?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jaguar: Please, please, please do not ruin the headlights like you did with the XF.

      • 6 Years Ago
      With Tata sales dropping 50% I wonder if the development of Jaguar is going to take a hit?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Any more of these "hits" and Jag will be one dead kitty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Porsche, there is the rear end styling your 4 door is missing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fisker Karma/ S60 Concept taillights. way to be ttly original.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You could always print it out and hold it right in front of your face- therefore giving the illusion of you owning one......

        Or build one like that guy did to his F-150. (F-150 turned Hummer H1)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've seen this car, well the early design models at least, and if it stays true to that, it will blow your socks off. Nothing like the XF stretched image they have on the site. It will up the styling benchmark for the brand but in this market, probably still do nothing (in the short term) to dispell those quality ghosts that prey on peoples minds when it comes to buy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        unfortunately cars often have to last more then 2 years...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Quality ghosts? Jag's been ranked #1 by JDP two years running.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. Diesel makes it cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a smart move on Jaguar's part. I was just remarking to a friend how exotic the proportions of the admittedly cramped old-school XJ was. Sitting in a Wegmans parking lot next to conventional sedans the old one had a proper sense of drama and sex totally missing from the staid current edition.

      Proper sheetmetal should go a long way to keeping the XJ appropriate and worth the discretionary spending even in this difficult economic climate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I [emphasis] kinda [/emphasis] like it.
      However, as I look more and more at the Jaguar XF, I feel like it's trying too hard to compete (stylistically) with its German competitors and it's losing the natural beauty that previous Jaguars have had (my favorite Jaguar sedan design of all time is the 2nd-generation updated XJ (late 1990s), as it has that low-slung, catlike poise that no four-door "coupe" could ever dream of matching). I feel like this is going to suffer the same fate too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its going to look exactly like a Karma.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, I'm excited.
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