Celebrating five decades of big Jaguar sedans

Just a week after announcing limited-run 400 Sport versions of the XE and XF, Jaguar has unveiled the XJ50, a special edition to celebrate half a century of flagship sedans from the Big Cat.

Power will come from a choice of 3.0-litre petrol or 3.0-litre diesel engines, making 250kW and 221kW respectively. The 0-100km/h sprint takes 5.9 seconds in the petrol, or 6.2 seconds in the diesel. Supercharged V8 power remains the preserve of the XJR575 for the moment.

The front and rear bumpers have been replaced by Autobiography-style units, working with a black grille, unique badging and 20-inch alloy wheels to set the car apart from regular XJ sedans.

Four colours will be offered – Fuji White, Santorini Black, Loire Blue and Rosello Red.

Behind the wheel, you'll notice the quilted leather seats, embossed headrests and XJ50 logo on the central armrest, along with branded door sills and anodised touch points.

"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," said Ian Callum, design director for Jaguar.

"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."

Australia

The Jaguar XJ50 will be touching down in the fourth quarter of 2018 locally. It'll be joined by a wider MY19 update for the full XJ range, with full pricing and specifications to be announced in the coming weeks.

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