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Auto China 2018: Jaguar Rolls-Out XJ50 to Celebrate 50 Years of Flagship Luxury Saloon [Video]

Revealed at the Beijing Motor Show, the Jaguar XJ50 celebrates half a century of XJ saloon, which was started in 1968 as the XJ Series 1.

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Updated:April 25, 2018, 7:05 PM IST
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Auto China 2018: Jaguar Rolls-Out XJ50 to Celebrate 50 Years of Flagship Luxury Saloon [Video]
2019 Jaguar XJ50. (Image: Jaguar)
Jaguar is marking 50 years of its flagship XJ luxury saloon – with the launch of a new special edition model. Revealed at the Beijing Motor Show, the Jaguar XJ50 celebrates half a century of XJ saloon, which was started in 1968 as the XJ Series 1. It has been eight generations since then and has proved a preferred vehicle of business leaders and royalty in the U.K. and other parts of the world.

The Jaguar XJ50 is available in both standard and long wheelbase with a 3.0-litre diesel (300PS) powertrain, while the exterior updates for the XJ50 include Autobiography-style front and rear bumpers. These mark the anniversary edition out alongside new 20-inch Venom wheels, a black front grille and unique badging to the rear and side vents, with a colour palette including Fuji White, Santorini Black, Loire Blue and Rosello Red.



Inside, the cabin features soft-grain diamond-quilted seats with an embossed leaper on the headrests and an XJ50 logo on the centre armrest. Unique intaglio branding and XJ50-badged illuminated treadplates also differentiate the anniversary edition, alongside anodised gearshift paddles and bright metal pedals.

“Spanning half a century, the Jaguar XJ remains true to its heritage with a wonderful balance of beautiful design, intelligent performance and indulgent luxury that ensures it stands out from the crowd. This is a car worth celebrating and the XJ50 pays homage to a giant within the Jaguar brand that we believe is one of the world’s most stylish sporting saloons,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design.

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Four years into its life, the XJ became the world’s only mass-produced 12-cylinder four-door car and, with a top speed of 140mph (225km/h), it was also the fastest four-seater of its time. The Series 2 was the first to offer a two-door coupé model in 1975 and the XJ40, in production for eight years from 1986, introduced the celebrated ‘J’ gate gear shifter and self-levelling suspension.

With the introduction of Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum’s now iconic design language, it was also launched with a wraparound rear screen and distinctive cat claw inspired rear lights.
The XJ50 is available to order now priced from £74,280 in the UK.

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| Edited by: Arjit Garg
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