2010 Jaguar XJ

2010 Jaguar XJ

1 In plan view, the headlamp cover is set about 45 degrees to the body centerline.

2 Most of the roof is darkly tinted glass.

3 This band of body color carries forward along the roof edges to the A-pillars.

4 The rather thick C-pillar is always finished in glossy black, different even from the black paint that's one of the color choices.

5 This beautifully modeled chrome surround for the side windows is handsomely set off by the black C-pillar.

6 Long taillight lenses sweep back and down, emphasizing the crisp rear fender profile.

7 The high cutline for the lower rear panel will allow major revisions with low tooling costs, an element of very intelligent design for the long term.

8 Notice the almost subliminal "haunch" of the fender profile, classic Jaguar but highly subdued.

9 This indent seems gratuitous, but there has to be some panel stiffening, and this is ultimately unobtrusive.

10 The crisp fender line describes a circle centered on the huge wheels.

11 The slight bulge over the main headlamp recalls the surfaces on previous XJ sedans without parroting them, and it feels very good to the hand. This will undoubtedly be fun to wash.

12 This almost vertical flank to the grille lets the hood extend well forward for better overall proportions.

13 There will always be an England. These buttress panels evoke cheek guards on boxers' sparring helmets.

14 Inset badge is nice, but it seems to be placed about an inch and a half too high on the grille. Final placement probably required a lot of time and spirited discussion.

15 These aren't round instrument dials; they're digital pictures of such dials, and they can change as the driver wishes. A very nice trick.

16 The center console design is almost banal, despite the erect-and-turn round shift dial like the one in the XF, but it is probably the most ergonomically correct ever on a Jaguar.

17 Ah, the wood. It is not just a slab of timber but a sweeping curve leading to the door panels. It is elegant, a new use of a traditional material, and it drops the instrument panel down, giving an enhanced sense of space.

18 The controls for the comfort of rear-seat passengers are nicely presented and are very practical when the XJ is in limousine mode.

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