Jaguar has given the world its first sight of the new flagship XJ sports saloon - a car the company says will leave its rivals “with all the appeal of yesterday’s cold potatoes”.
The company released a “teaser” picture giving an overhead view of the car to coincide with the start of the Shanghai Motor Show.
It says the car will be an even more radical departure from previous Jaguar saloons than the successful XF and will be the first of a new generation of aluminium-bodied cars inspired by aerospace dynamics.
It will also be the first ever Jaguar to feature a panoramic glass roof, which will be an optional extra on the production car.
All of Jaguar’s latest engines will be available in the new XJ, including the V6 diesel, acclaimed as one of the cleanest and most fuel-efficient of its kind, and a supercharged V8.
The car will be unveiled in London on July 9 and will go on sale at the end of this year.
Jaguar has already begun gearing up for production at its Castle Bromwich assembly plant. The last of the nine-year-old XJs came off the line on March 30.
Jaguar Land Rover chief executive David Smith says the new car will be “absolutely stunning” while group manufacturing director Paul Cope said recently it will leave rivals from the likes of Mercedes and BMW with the appeal of “yesterday’s cold potatoes”.
Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce has announced it is reviving the name Ghost for its latest new car.
Previously known as RR4, or “Baby Rolls”, the car will carry a name last used by the company in 1925.
“We are delighted to formally announce the Rolls-Royce Ghost,” Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Tom Purves said in Shanghai.
“It is one of the most revered names in the automotive industry.”
The new car will join the Rolls-Royce Phantom and its extended wheelbase, drophead coupe and coupe variants in production at the BMW-owned company’s factory near Goodwood in Sussex.