The Jaguar S-type was a good chassis in search of a modern design. Jaguar built the contemporary XF off the S-type platform and created an impressive automobile. Then we have this aging XJ. Like the S-type, it has an accomplished chassis (although higher tech) in search of style. If you think about, that's better than having a great looking car that drives terribly. Phil and Sam noted that the new XJ can't come soon enough. I've seen pictures of the next large Jaguar and all I can say is that it is very aggressive and nothing like the present car. The marriage of forward-thinking design with a massaged version of the present XJ's aluminum chassis should result in an excellent luxury sedan from Jaguar. Let's just hope there's a strong market for expensive luxury cars when we see it at dealers in early to mid-2010.
Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor