Jaguar XJ50 Celebrates Half A Century Of The Flagship Sedan

Model lines and nameplates come and go. Even at an automaker with as long a history as Jaguar. But the XJ has been around for half a century now. So to celebrate, Coventry has rolled out a new special edition.

Called the XJ50, Jaguar rolled out the special edition at the Beijing Auto Show today. It features front and rear bumpers like those seen on the top Autobiography edition, along with a unique set of 20-inch wheels, special badging, and a series of interior upgrades. Inside you’ll find soft-grain diamond-quilter leather upholstery, metal pedals, and more special badges.

In the UK, it’ll be available in either short- or long-wheelbase versions. Either way, it’s powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 rated at 300 metric horsepower (221 kW). The US version is offered only in long-wheelbase form, but can be had with either the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 (good for 340 hp) or the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 (470 hp). Buyers will also be able to choose between white, black, blue, or red paint.

50 Years is a Long Time

“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,” says Jaguar design director Ian Callum. “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.”

Jaguar has been producing the current X351-generation XJ since 2009. After nearly a decade on the market, it’s long since grown woefully outdated. But the 50th anniversary would mark a perfect time for the British automaker to roll out its replacement. In the meantime, you can scope out the special edition and take a drive down memory lane in the images and videos below.

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  • Bob

    These new Jag designs age terribly. I’d take a previous-gen XJR over the Ian Callum-designed one.

    Edit: that interior is still quite nice though IMO.

    • Scott Harpel

      I disagree the car was launched in 2009 and still looks good on the road, esp when everyone and their brother has adopted its roofline…

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Exactly.
        Jag has a hit with this car, but…it is time to let it go. I hope the replacement is as awesome.

      • Bob

        To each his own, I loved it when it first came out. Fell out of love quite soon afterward. I honestly get more excited seeing the previous-gen XJR but I’ll look out for it in the metal thanks to you and @fabri99:disqus

    • fabri99

      I thought the same, then saw it in the metal. The latest XJ is stunning, long and elegant, a truly good job. Pictures don’t do it justice.

      • Bob

        I’ll look out for it in the metal. If I don’t like it, I’m sending my gran’papa to haunt you.

  • fabri99

    Fantastic cars, but just give us a new one already.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Right?!

  • TrevP

    I love the latest XJ. It is time for a re-design,but this current one is just fine with me!

  • SteersUright

    Oh all those beauties aging gracefully, which two do not fit in this lineup? Stop trying so hard Jaguar, just go back to classic beautiful lines, seriously up quality and reliability, and match it with a gorgeous interior. You will NEVER be nor beat Audi nor BMW, stop trying.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Hmm…ok…

  • MJack

    Should’ve had front and rear chrome bumpers and wire wheels

  • Next gen XJ would be epic, it will be based of new platform and hopefully is as graced in design like the current one.

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