Jaguar Launches All-New 2010 XJ Flagship Sedan

Holding onto your roots is important, but in a market as fast-changing as luxury automobiles, that'll only get you so far. So for its latest flagship luxury sedan, Jaguar has completely done away with the classically-inspired XJ that's become a standard staple down at the country club and replaced it with the all-new vehicle you see here. Following on the heels of the critically acclaimed XF (which likewise replaced the retro E-Type), the new XJ takes the top of Jaguar's range one giant leap into modernity.

To do battle with the likes of the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class and Audi R8 – to say nothing of more exotic offerings like the Maserati Quattroporte, Porsche Panamera and Bentley Continental Flying Spur – the svelte new XJ is made entirely of aluminum and features the latest in automotive technology to make it perform with cat-like reflexes while coddling its occupants in exceptional luxury. The new XJ range starts at $72,500 for the base XJ with the standard wheelbase and naturally-aspirated, 385hp 5-liter V8. There's also a long-wheelbase version that offers more interior space, while a supercharged version with 470 horsepower and top-of-the-line Supersport with 510hp are also available, the latter topping out at $115,000. Head on over to our sister-site Autoblog for a full analysis of the new XJ.