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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 21st 2009
6— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 21, 2009 Jaguar limo gets facelift Aradically-different newJaguar flagship is being testedaheadof its world preview later this year. PaulGovergets us asneak preview SILENTLY SLEEK: Spy shot of the upcoming Jaguar XJ. Picture: CARPARAZZI T HE upcoming XJ limou- sine will be a grand departure from today’s staid, old XJ. Like the mid-sized XF — which has become a global star for the brand — the design sets it apart from the unloved S-Type it re- placed. The new XJ will also dig deeper into the future styling direction set by Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum. And it could look more like a Mercedes CLS-style four-door coupe than a traditional upright British luxury car. Jaguar insiders say the newXJ— codenamed X351 — will be much lower, with a sleeker look and a newnose that picks up the styling cues already used in the XF. The new look is a closely-guarded secret, which explains the heavy disguising on an XJ prototype we caught in cold-weather testing. But the mechanical package will not be a surprise, as Jaguar is saving money on the new XJ by using the aluminium chassis package of the existing car. It will also keep a revised version of Jaguar’s current V8 engine as the original powerplant choice. The newer V8 developed by Land Rover could not be fitted beneath the XJ’s low-line bonnet. A full re-work of the XJ is not likely until 2015, which means the basic package has run since 2004, despite facelift over a year ago. The X351 is not expected in the Jaguar lineup until the middle of next year, but the car should be seen for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Octo- ber. While the new XJ is out and running, there are growing ru- mours from Britain of a born- again E-Type sports car from Jaguar. The project is a pet project for Jaguar’s newIndian owner Ratan Tata, who said the company needs a sports-car hero. The car is likely to be called the XE and will be similar in size and layout to the XF sedan. But theXEis notcominganytime soon — a first appearance is not expected until the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2011.z also dig deeper into the future styling direction set by Jaguar ‘ The new XJ will ’
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