Jaguar XJ teaser

First official teaser picture released of new luxury saloon at Shanghai Motor Show.

The wraps are slowly being peeled back on Jaguar's new Big Cat – theXJ. These teaser pictures were released at the Shanghai Motor Show,giving us our best look yet at the upcoming BMW 7-Series and MercedesS-Class rival, which will go on sale before the end of the year.

Asyou can see, Jaguar hasn't revealed much – but the top-down view doesshow that the newcomer gets a panormaic glass roof for the first time.According to sources, this will be an option on the finished car.

Italso boasts the same pronounced bonnet bulge as the XF, along withneatly styled bright red tailights. Described by Jaguar as being evenmore radical than the XF, the XJ gets a sleeker, more coupe-likeroofline, which mixes with a low nose and high tail to result in areally sporty shape. See our scoop shots of the new XJ.

Twoversions will be available with short and long wheelbases. Underthe skin is a totally re-engineered version of the current XJ’slightweight alloy chassis, boasting the XK coupé’s rear suspension,plus increased passenger space. Inside, the XJ will draw on the XF witha striking cabin. Jaguar says the XJ will introduce 'the higheststandards of personal luxury'.

Under the bonnet, top-spec models will get a new 5.0-litre direct-injection V8 engine, which produces 385bhp innormally aspirated form. A superchargedversion, pushing out 503bhp will be available too, although it is unlikely to be badged XJR.

However, a new 271bhp3.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine is expected to account forthe majority of XJ sales. This will be capable of returning an amazing40mpg – the same as the recently launched Diesel S version of the XF –thanks to the new XJ’s lightweight alloy construction.

TheXJ will be officially revealed in London on July 9th, before reachingdealers before the end of the year. Potential buyers can register theirinterest at a special Jaguar microsite – www.jaguar.com/allnewxj/

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