The new Jaguar XJ – its creators’ guided tour

Published: 09 July 2009

JAguar XJ interior and driving videos

Mike O’Driscoll, Jaguar managing director

‘We are remaking Jaguar. It started a few years ago with the XK and the XF has become the cornerstone of rebuilding Jaguar. Our next step is this new XJ – it’ll help us transform Jaguar into a sporting company. If you were a customer in 2008, you’d have faced a choice of X-type, S-type, XJ and XK. By the end of 2009, every single one of those has been renewed.’

Ian Callum, Jaguar design director

‘The new XJ is a thoroughly modern interpretation of the quintessential Jaguar. Its visual impact stems from the elongated teardrop shape of the car’s side windows, that powerful stance and its wide track. It is the most emphatic statement yet of Jaguar’s new design direction.’

Jonathan Rayner, Jaguar XJ brand manager

‘UK prices haven’t been announced yet, but it will start with a 5 not a 4 [prices have now been confirmed from £52,500, add £3000 for a LWB]. We want to reposition the new XJ away from where the old car was. Emotionally, we reckon it’ll fall between the cold S-class and the emotional Quattroporte.’

Mick Mohan, Jaguar engineering director

‘Modern Jaguar makes beautiful fast cars. Every new model should fulfil the following criteria:

1) Seductive design
2) Unforgettable interiors
3) Sporting character
4) Refined power
5) Intuitive engineering

‘We can do this because we are the biggest automotive R&D establishment in the UK. We’re the seventh biggest R&D player of any UK business and employ 1500 engineers, or 3200 across Jaguar Land Rover.’

Andy Dobson, chief programme engineer

‘We had a very clear idea of what we wanted to achieve: an iconic British sporting luxury sedan. It’s high-tech too: this is our latest version of the aluminium body structure, which makes more use of magnesium as well. We use extruded and cast aluminium components, joined by rivets and self adhesive bonding. Result? Our car weighs between 150-260kg lighter than the competition.’

>> Click here for CAR Magazine’s full 2010 Jag XJ feature

>> Click here for reaction from our critics to the new XJ


By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet