Jaguar XJ. The ultimate expression of Jaguar sporting luxury. Born in 1968, this legendary vehicle redefines what a luxury car should be. It’s a dramatic combination of beauty, luxury, and power. It provides agility and delivers a refreshing dynamic experience. No car looks, or feels, like the XJ.
Jaguar XJ’s interior is as technologically advanced as it is luxurious. The quality of craftsmanship throughout the cabin sets it apart from any other vehicle. The XJ features the latest connected in-car technology to keep you informed and entertained. With a wide choice of colours, materials and finishes, the interior reflects clarity and purity of its exterior. There is no wonder the Jaguar XJ is best known for its incredible Chauffeur experience. You never just travel in the XJ, you are transported to another place.
Along with the Chauffeur heritage, the XJ is also well-loved amongst the Royal family. The Jaguar XJ-SC V12 Cabriolet was owned by Princess Diana who used the car between 1987-1991. What marks this Jaguar out from the rest of the production models is that this particular model features a bench seat in the rear, as opposed to the conventional two-seat set up to create an environment for the young Princes William and Harry.
Royal fleet wouldn’t be complete without a Jaguar. Before the arrival of their children, Prince William and Princess Kate would often be seen in their Jaguar XJ. These days they don’t use the XJ that often, but it’s still one of Prince William’s favourite cars. Prince William is helped into his Jaguar XJ for a day of Royal business below.
The Jaguar XJ made a star performance in American rapper, Jay-Z’s "On to the Next One" music video that featured on his album, The Blueprint 3 in 2009. Mike O’ Driscoll, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars at the time, said: "JAY-Z is an icon who has blazed an unprecedented path through music, fashion, business and sports; making his video "On To The Next One" the absolutely right vehicle for the all-new 2011 Jaguar XJ to make its global entertainment industry debut."
In 2013 Jaguar, we see the Beckham family in the XJ. The luxury and beauty caught the eye of David Beckham, but he wasn’t the one behind the wheel. His wife, Victoria, appears to have enjoyed taking a drive in the family Jaguar XJ. In typical Beckham fashion, the family Jaguar XJ boasts a sleek black paint job with matte-black Jaguar logos.
In 1987, Captain of the Starship Enterprise, Sir Patrick Stewart was offered a role in a television series, Star Trek. Patrick wasn’t keen on the idea of do sci-fi, but his agent said the series would probably flop and thought he would be back home in six months. The series and spin-off movies made Stewart a household name yet he was still driving his Honda Prelude to the studio! When the second series aired, Stewart decided it was time to splash out. And of course, what better way to do so than on a Jaguar XJS convertible, in British racing green. His beloved Jaguar was purchased in California, and on his move back to England after Star Trek, he couldn’t bear to leave it behind and still has it in his garage in the Cotswolds today!
And of course, British manufactured cars have always been used as prime ministerial cars by the prime ministers of the UK, currently Boris Johnson. The cars currently used are armoured, custom-built Jaguar XJ Sentinel supercharged 5.0-litre V8 models. The cars used by the prime minister are the long-wheelbase models of the Jaguar XJ. The cars are driven by officers from the Metropolitan Police Royalty & Specialist Protection branch, skilled in protection convoy, anti-hijack and evasive driving skills.
To mark 50 years, back in 2018, since the legendry Series I went into production, a historic convoy of XJs from across the decades embarked on a 521-mile journey, from its current home at the Castle Bromwich Assembly Plant, to the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, the primary venue for the Paris Motor Show. The cars which took part in this one-off journey included: Jaguar XJ Series I: 1968, Jaguar XJ Series II: 1973, Jaguar XJ Series II Coupé: 1973, Jaguar XJ Series III: 1979, Jaguar XJ XJ40: 1986, Jaguar XJ X300: 1994, Jaguar XJ X308: 1997, Jaguar XJ X350: 2003, Jaguar XJ X351: 2009, Jaguar XJR575: 2017 and last but certainly far from the least, the current Jaguar XJ XJ50: 2018.