• May 14, 2009
2010 Jaguar XJ spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

BMW is known for wrapping its prototypes in funkadelic patterns to obscure new design details. And, seeing as the car above is sporting a split-kidney grille, you would think that you're staring at a BMW prototype of some sort. Maybe the next-next-gen 7 Series or something. Well, that's what they want you to think. "They" in this scenario are engineers from Jaguar who have been caught testing the next-generation XJ flagship sedan. They've gussied up their prototype with enough BMW trappings to throw us off the scent, but thankfully our spy photographers recognized this large sedan's true identity. The fake grille up front is meant only to obscure the XJ's new fascia that's heavily inspired by the smaller XF sedan. Aside from the sloping roofline and a bit of the rear end, the real tell-tale tip offs are the cat-slit headlights and outer air intakes in the lower part of the bumper, both of which look very similar to the same elements on the XF. The new XJ is scheduled to go on sale in December, so while we wait for its official debut sometime between now and then, you can compare these new revealing spy shots to the official XJ teasers released by Jaguar in April at the Shanghai Motor Show.

[Photos: KGP Photography]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought it looked like a next-gen Malibu.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like how the camo makes the front look like the aftermath of a collision between a 7 series and an S-Class


      .. the back looks like an Opel though. lol

      Anyway, I can't wait to see what it really looks like! it would be sad to see the regal, classy design go, but hopefully this design will turn over a new leaf for jaguar
      • 5 Years Ago
      THOSE SNEAK MOTHER LICKERS!
      • 5 Years Ago
      once again BMW is the benchmark.

      :breathes heavily on fingers and rubs on shirt:
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Benchmark of what exactly?

        • 5 Years Ago
        You can have the Jag, give me the Citroen in the background.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice job with the camo!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wood dash.

      Wool carpets.

      "Haunched" rear fenders - like a cat about to leap...

      Or it is just another GermAsian clone.

      Please, ladies and gents, make it a JagUar!
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first the grill made me think it was a BMW, but then you look cloesely and you can see the headlights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best looking BMW EVER.
      • 5 Years Ago
      plz get the headlights right this time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can kind of see the outline of the headlights. I'd say they look much more inline with the C-XF's more flowing headlights than that of the production XF's bug-eyed headlights. I'm actually quite excited about it. The whole car, not just the headlights.

        I'd still like one of these someday.
        http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jaguar_Mk2.JPG
        • 5 Years Ago
        the rest of the car already looks great they need to make sure that they dont put the hyundai headlights on it this time round.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh wow, if you let your eyes go crosseyed a bit, you can see a sailboat!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mallrats reference FTW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting, the car has UK licence plates but is an LHD and drives on the right side of the road so it must have been caught on the Continent.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where'd my comment go, urgh.

      The headlight looks a lot like the C-XF, which is good. The body is less sculpted than the concept though, and the rear tail looks kinda like the X-type, which isn't a good sign (prefer the Aston Martin-esque XF lights). Overall it looks promising.

      According to the official site there's supposed to be some update on July 9th.
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