Jaguar XJ50 anniversary edition revealed

Special edition XJ celebrates 50 years of Jaguar’s famous saloon

Jaguar has taken the wraps off the XJ50, a special edition of its XJ saloon. Unveiled at this year’s Beijing Motor Show, the name of the car is a reference to the XJ’s 50th anniversary. The Series 1 Jaguar XJ was introduced in 1968.

The XJ50 brings a host of exterior and interior trim changes to both short and long-wheelbase (LWB) versions of the 3.0-litre diesel XJ. The special edition car gets unique front and rear bumpers, new 20-inch alloy wheels, a black radiator grille and unique badging. Colour choices include Fuji White, Santorini Black, Loire Blue and Rosello Red.

Inside, there are diamond-quilted leather seats with embossed Jaguar ‘leaper’ logos and a centre armrest with an embossed XJ50 logo, which also appears on the car’s illuminated tread plates. Anodised gearshift paddles behind the steering wheel and metal pedals also help set the XJ50 apart.

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Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, said: “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. 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.”

The Jaguar XJ50 is available to order now, priced from £74,280 in short-wheelbase (SWB) or from £77,280 for the LWB model. Both cost around £12,000 more than their respective entry-level XJ Luxury counterparts; the SWB XJ50 is £200 cheaper than an XJ R-Sport, while the LWB XJ50 slots into the range between Portfolio and top-spec Autobiography models.

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