• Jul 20, 2009
2010 Jaguar XJ - Click above for a high-res image gallery

We've already seen the 2010 Jaguar XJ in the sheet metal – once during our hands on introduction, and shortly followed by its online premier and a brief jaunt around London. Now, the intrepid shooters from KGP have caught both a prototype and a near production version weathering the summer sun in Death Valley, and we're still evenly split on its styling.

Shown here for the first time in Frost Blue Metallic, the front end remains the most attractive iteration of Jaguar's new design direction, but the back – particularly the chrome accent the bisects the darkened C-pillar – is going to take some getting used to, particularly in such a light hue. Check out the gallery below for more real-world shots of the XJ rolling through California, and if you're in the area, keep your eyes peeled for Jag's newest cat.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm, it looked pretty good in the glamour shots Jaguar posted. But, in this set, I didn't see a single angle from which this XJ looks attractive. It just looks...awkward...
      I do want to like it because I'm a huge Jaguar fan, but it's just not doing in it for me.

      p.s. Am I the only one who's seeing a bit of "Dodge" in the nose and the hood?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still can't justify the C pillar. It's there as designer bs, meaning, something to make it "different". Its trying to hard to be a character trait. Everything else is great, aggressive, sporty, and still has good jaguar clues.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The tail reminds me of an entirely different British car, and it's not even an ex-BMC... A Hillman Avenger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG

      That car is pure sex in black. I knew the C pillar would look so much better in darker colors. I love it now. lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      The back is not so bad. I'm not liking the color so much. Maybe in a dark gray, black, or even white. No, British Racing Green. That would work.


      I just hope they fix that gap between the hood and the fascia.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 -> infinity on the British Racing Green (how about something like Imperial Green as on the Lotus Carlton?).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, why is the C-pillar blacked out if they're going to put that chrome trim right through it? Still not sure about the overall look, it's just so different, and I still love the old one. But retro is out, and congrats to Jag for being bold and interesting. Can't wait to see one in person.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that rear is elegant, different, and beautiful. The lone leaping cat in the center of the trunk is nice. Not sure about the side profile, but photo's never do these cars justice. I'm hoping this is at least a base-hit for Jaguar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that is one ugly duckling. The front angle shot is nice, but the rest of the car....yikes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a previous XJR owner I am completely let down by the new design. I saw the previous XJ design as a timeless piece of art and it was one of the most beautiful cars of all time. The new car looks like it was made by the Chinese, a bad replica of something! Even the interior looks cheap, the XF has a better interior design then this!
      • 5 Years Ago
      the back is elegant and really sets the car apart...the c pillar blackout is also distinctive and may become a signature...but what happened with the hood-to-front-fender line? I know they have to have a more upright grill for European pedestrian safety, bu the more I look at the hood-fender-grill meld, the clumsier it looks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice, design clues right off the Nano drawings. That makes that Tataguar so attractive
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet dealers are going to find a way around that blacked out D pillar with a little body color paint, just like Acura dealers have done with the TL front end so the cars would stop scaring women and children off their lots.
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