Jaguar XJ50 Marks Half A Century Of The Flagship Luxury Sedan

Special edition Jaguar XJ50 arrives at Beijing Motor Show

Jaguar XJ50 Marks Half A Century Of The Flagship Luxury Sedan

Revealed for the first time at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, the XJ50 is visually separated by the standard XJ sedan by having unique front and rear bumpers, a gloss black grille, special badges on the side vents, along with 20-inch alloy wheels with a gloss black diamond turned finish.

The XJ50 will be available in both standard- and long-wheelbase configurations and a choice between diesel and gasoline engines.

Now watch how the Jaguar XJ evolved through five decades, and then check out a timeline video of the luxury sedan's eight generations. Some anodised paddle shifters and unique metal pedals are presented for the driver.

"Spanning half a century, the Jaguar XJ remains true to its heritage with a wonderful balance of lovely design, intelligent performance and indulgent luxury that ensures it stands out from the crowd", says Jaguar design director Ian Callum.

With a heritage that kicked off back in 1968 with the XJ Series 1, the latest XJ maintains the same distinct long-body design and low-slung cabin.

Innovating since its arrival, the XJ has epitomised the forward-thinking approach that has set Jaguar's luxury saloon apart over the past 50 years.

Fifty years ago, Jaguar threw its saloon cars in to one basket and so was born the Jaguar XJ, perhaps the most impressive auto Jaguar has ever delivered.

A revolutionary aluminium monocoque bodyshell helped reduce the XJ's weight by 40 per cent from 2003, before the current XJ model brought additional technologies such as all-wheel drive and a virtual instrument cluster.

Here's a question: has there ever been a cooler big saloon than the Jaguar XJ?

Both regular and long wheelbase versions of the XJ50 are offered, with United Kingdom prices starting at £74,280.

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