British weekly AutoCar has a report on the next generation Jaguar XJ that tries to debunk the traditional opinion that the big cat has worn since the late 1960s. The magazine has a pair of renderings showing the automaker's range-topping luxury sedan, which looks like it will take the design language shown on the C-XF concept and upcoming XF sedan to the next level. Fortunately, the lightweight aluminum platform of the current XJ model is expected to carry over to the new one, which is due in 2009, but everything visible will change.
Power is expected to come from a new light-pressure turbo inline six-cylinder engine and the new 5.0L V-8 in normally aspirated and supercharged versions. Given Jag's mounting losses, the XF and XJ are likely to be the Coventry manufacturers last chance. If these two don't cause a spike in either sales or revenue, the big cat is likely to be put down for good.

[Source: AutoCar]

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