Jaguar is obviously suffering no ill-effect following the Tata takeover, with yet another test mule – this time of the new XJ – spotted in the US.
While the limited camouflage may seem to indicate this is nothing more than a subtle face lift – make no mistake, the next XJ is tipped to sport a radical new and daring look.
The reason for this aesthetic overhaul, according to Jaguar’s chief of design, Ian Callum, is that the XJ model is selling in considerably lower figures than the more modern-looking XF.
The end result of what we see here is the underpinnings of the next XJ married to the existing model’s sheet metal, – with a few crude additions to handle the increased wheel base.
The underpinnings aren’t all new however, with Jaguar modifying the existing all-aluminium platform to re-use it for the code-named X351 which will make its official debut in spring 2011.