Is Jaguar Preparing To Ax The XJ?

Jaguar has a lot of exciting models in its lineup – fresh wheels that offer tempting (even compelling) alternatives to the usual suspects from Germany and Japan. The XJ, however, is not one of them. And its future is uncertain.

After speaking with Jaguar’s North American product manager David Larsen at the New York Auto Show this week, Motor1 reports that… there’s little to report on the British automaker’s flagship sedan.

Introduced seven years ago, the current XJ is the oldest model in the Jaguar lineup and (save for the soon-to-be-replaced Audi A8) in its segment as well. It’s also the company’s slowest sellers (and one of the most lethargic in its segment). That doesn’t leave Coventry with many reasons to keep it around, so it’ll either have to replace it or retire it soon enough.

“We had a facelift with 2016, so it is approaching the end of its lifecycle,” Larsen told Motor1 regarding the XJ. “We’re looking at, you know, future opportunities of where that could possibly go.” He would, however, neither confirm nor deny rumors on the prospect of its replacement.

The automaker may find its energies would be better spent elsewhere, letting the XJ – long having served as its main sedan line – go the same way as the XK. Which is, to say, upstaged and outmoded by smaller stablemates.

It wouldn’t be the only luxury automaker without a competitor in the segment, after all. While Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Maserati, and Lexus all vie for slices of that particular pie, neither Acura, Infiniti, nor Volvo bother with it. And Jaguar could soon switch from one category to the other.

Photo Gallery

Ken Block Puts His Ford Escort Cosworth Through Its Paces In The Swiss Alps

Ken Block’s new Escort Cosworth was built from the ground up after his original was destroyed last year.

Watch The SCG Boot In Action During The Brutal Baja 1000

SCG will start delivering the production version of the Boot to customers next year.

It Never Ends: John Cena’s 2017 Ford GT Bound For Auction Once More

John Cena’s infamous Ford GT could soon get its fifth (!) owner in a little over two years.

Watch As Armed Thieves Lead Police On Chase Driving Stolen UPS Truck

Police opened fire on the UPS truck after traffic ended the chase; the end result was four people dead…

People In White Vans Aren’t Going To Kidnap You Or Sell Your Body Parts, Regardless Of What Facebook Says

Shockingly, a politician said something stupid and made matters worse.

Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport Concept Going Into Production With Up To 770 HP

The high-performance pickup can rocket from 0-60 mph in just 3.45 seconds.

Jetta Brand A Hit In China With 30,000 Sales In Its First Three Months

Jetta had the most successful first three months ever of any new car brand in China.

Lewis Hamilton Checks Out The Mercedes-AMG Project One

The plug-in hybrid hypercar will have more than 986 hp.

LA Woman Got $4 Million Compensation After Sinkhole Swallowed Her Minivan

The 48-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury and sight issues as a result of the incident.

All-New Chevy Tahoe And Suburban To Debut Later This Month

The Suburban got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Chevy used the event to announce an all-new model is coming soon.