September 16, 2002
Jaguar reveals first details of 2004 XJ sedan
Coventry, England – Jaguar revealed intial photos and details of the redesigned 2004 XJ sedans on the weekend. The car will make its public debut on September 26th at the Paris Motor Show and will go on sale in Canada in the second quarter of 2003. The 2004 XJ range will comprise of XJ8 and XJR models.
Longer, taller and wider than its predecessor, the new XJ has more passenger and luggage space. The doors are noticeably deeper in relation to the glass than is the case in the current generation, and overall the new car has a slightly more ‘cab-forward’ approach, with the four wheels closer to the corners. The front overhang is reduced and the windscreen rake is faster (less steep), but the resulting smaller hood retains the characteristic sculpted XJ shape.
The headlights are now oval in shape, positioned either side of a new grille of intersecting vertical and horizontal bars that takes its inspiration from the original 1968 XJ sedan. XJR models have a different mesh grille.
The body structure features industry-first use of rivet-bonded joining technology, with self-pierce rivets and aerospace-sourced epoxy adhesive joining together the aluminum pressings, castings and extrusions
With a kerb weight of up to 440 lbs (200 kg) less than the outgoing XJ, the all-new model enjoys significant performance and fuel economy advantages in addition to highly capable dynamic qualities.
Engines comprise 4.2-litre V8 (supercharged and naturally-aspirated), both with six-speed automatic transmissions.
Self-levelling air suspension is standard on all models, as is Jaguar’s CATS Computer Active Technology Suspension system
Advanced electronic technologies include Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert, and Jaguar’s renowned A.R.T.S. Adaptive Restraint Technology System
Dimensions for the new XJ are : Length: 5080 mm (200 ins) Width: 1868 mm (73.5 ins) Height: 1448 mm (57.0 ins) Wheelbase: 3034 mm (119.4 ins)