• Feb 1st 2011 at 12:32PM
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2011 Jaguar XJ – Click above for high-res image gallery

Now that Jaguar is safely housed under the umbrella of Tata Motors, the British marque is planning a major expansion of its current lineup. In addition to a rumored BMW 3 Series fighter, Jaguar is looking to take aim at the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class coupe with a stately two-door based off of the new-for-2011 XJ sedan.

According to Automobile magazine, sources within Jaguar say that the XJ coupe will feature a pillarless greenhouse design, glass roof and will use separate sheetmetal from the sedan it's based on. Adrian Hallmark, brand manager for Jaguar in Europe, says that the two-door XJ will be "much more dynamic and emotional than a Mercedes CL."

Hallmark also told Automobile that Jaguar is considering a whole slew of new models, including an XF wagon, high-end sports car based on the C-X75 concept, a crossover based on the Range Rover Evoque and even a possible shooting break version of either the next-generation XF or entry-level 3 Series competitor. Click here to read Automobile's full scoop.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      So the new Jag will be "more emotional than the CL", what's it going to do, cry if you drive by a wedding?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know...feels less attractive than CL...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really miss the XJ classic.. its one of my favorite cars ever! I had the '96 XJ6, it was a blast driving it! The straight six was the best engine Jaguar ever had! Once Ford took over they messed it all up with their weak V8s and faulty transmissions!

      Too bad they changed the design, I don't like it! They need to bring back the classic, the design was timeless! It was the face of Jaguar!
        • 4 Years Ago
        There would be no Jag if Ford didn't save their asses.
        And I find it laughable for someone to claim that Ford had the less reliable components. The British auto industry would have been toast ages ago if not for companies like Ford (and eventually VW and BMW as well as Tata) didn't pump billions into them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd Like to see this Coupe... Outside of the C-Pillars i like the XJ. Im sure it will look good all Black.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it on. Everytime I see a CL, I just wonder what's the allure? It seems styled by default and purchased without imagination.
      Big grille/big emblem: √
      Pillerless windows: √
      Rumpy ass: √
      Super weird looking steering wheel: √

      A Jag in this league could really cook it up. However, in the big picture, I couldn't care less about a huge, lumbering, gas guzzling, $100k coupe. GTIs, Coopers, Renault 5 Turbos...that's sexy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      those blacked out c-pillars are all kinds of ugly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Don't think it would have been that bad if they carried the design to the A and B pillars.

        I have read about the "plan" for Jag to build an XJ coupe and have even seen renderings from people but have heard/read/seen anything else about it. The XJ would definitely make a nice looking coupe but I will believe when I see it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The XF (the smaller one) is gorgeous.
      ... this XJ is way over-done, especially toward the back what with those awful blacked-out C-pillars and that goofy-looking trunk/taillights.

      Also I am sick of these companies claiming that some future vehicle will compete with some current car (usually BMW or Mercedes).
      Here's a wacky idea.... introduce the darn car first, let it be reviewed and THEN we'll see if its really able to beat the CL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was behind a Jag the other day in traffic... I gotta admit, it was attractive, but... the Jaguar emblem on the trunk lid just looked like it was a loose trim piece.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Jaguar XJ gives you more than Mercedes and BMW without nickel and diming you. I'm not sure how reliability ranks since this is a new car, but, I liked it alot and I think Ford brought reliability to Jaguar before it was given to Tata.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the ugliest Jaguar I've ever seen... sorry. The front looks reasonable but from all other angles it doesn't look Jaguarish at all. I think the last really nice model that they had was the 2006 XKR. Now THAT was a Jag I'd like to be seen in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      been there, done that, lol. I got rid of the black C pillar trim too. The XJ is a natural for a real 2 door coupe:

        • 4 Years Ago
        The coupe rendering looks very nice with body-colored C-pillars. I've been wondering if the new XJ sedan designers were trying to minimize the C-pillar transition to the backlight in order to create a lighter looking upper structure, why they didn't simply black out the C-pillar, and continue the upper and lower bands of chrome trim from the sides of the car so that they wrap across the C-pillars and backlight to make a single band of glass and pillars around the car from each A-pillar, rather than trying to force an Audi-like arch in chrome trim across the profile of the greenhouse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is a beautiful car, but I have a hard time imagining a coupe version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think it would be all too tough to pull off; the XJ already has quite the rackish profile. Maybe slash the wheelbase and lengthen the doors by a bit. There's someone here who does great photochops, maybe he could take a stab.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^ that Jag convertible looks gorgeous
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