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Jaguar celebrates 50 years of its flagship saloon with the XJ50

Written by: Neil

Jaguar has marked half a century of its flagship XJ luxury saloon with a new special edition model.

Priced from £74,280, the anniversary edition XJ50 celebrates one of the world’s finest saloon cars, which has been a favourite among business leaders and celebrities, as much as politicians and royalty.

Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, the XJ50 will be exported to 100 countries and commemorates eight generations of innovation in performance, technology and luxury.

As with the current XJ, it will be available in both standard and long wheelbases, with a 296bhp three-litre diesel engine under the bonnet, enabling a 0-62mph sprint of 6.2 seconds and a 155mph top speed.

Exterior updates for the XJ50 include Autobiography-style front and rear bumpers, new 20-inch ‘Venom’ wheels, a black front grille and unique badging to the rear and side vents. Buyers will be able to order their XJ50 in white, black, blue and red.

Inside, the reliably high-end cabin features soft-grain diamond-quilted seats and an XJ50 logo on the centre armrest. Unique intaglio branding and XJ50-badged illuminated treadplates also differentiate the anniversary edition, as do anodised gearshift paddles and bright metal pedals.

Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, commented: “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.

“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.”

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “The XJ has been at the top of its game for five decades and the XJ50 is a fitting tribute to its excellence.”

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