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Jaguar XJ Production To End In July; EV Replacement Due 2020
Pour one out for the big cat.
The XJ may be the slowest-selling car on sale today from Jaguar, but it holds a special place in the company’s lineup given its heritage that extends across half a century. Speaking of which, the fullsize luxury sedan celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with a limited-run model pictured here, and now is about to go on a hiatus for about a year or so. Production of the BMW 7 Series competitor will come to an end on July 5, some 10 years after the current-gen X351 model was introduced before being facelifted in 2015.
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During this interval, Jaguar managed to move more than 120,000 examples of the XJ, some of which were the posh Autobiography version added to the range with the mid-cycle refresh while others were the sportier XJR575. The latter died in Europe towards the end of last year due to the switch from NEDC to WLTP, forcing Jaguar to sell its flagship model on the Old Continent exclusively with a diesel engine represented by a 3.0 V6 with 296 hp on tap.