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2011 Jaguar XJ L: An Instant Modern Classic with LED Lighting

Jaguar is no longer a mismanaged unit of the ill-fated British Leyland conglomerate or a starved luxury brand in Ford’s portfolio.

The Jaguar Land Rover Group is owned by Tata Motors of India, whose controlling shareholder, billionaire Ratan Tata, is an avowed car guy with a keen sense of Jaguar’s heritage and its rightful place in the global automotive world. Under Tata’s stewardship, the Jaguar brand has a renewed sense of pride and passion and that shines in its new products.

For the 2010 model year, Jaguar’s design team, led by superstar design boss Ian Callum, graced the world with the stunning, all-new, XJ. The avant-garde, futuristic design features a coupé-like roof line that blends seamlessly into the trunk. It really looks like a lithe, muscular jaguar leaping on its prey.

The interior feels like the cabin of an expensive yacht. Elegant wood veneer sweeps the forward cabin and graces the rear doors and picnic tables. The headliner is upholstered in sumptuous, premium Suedecloth (similar to Alcantara). Piano black plastic, plated aluminum and chrome accents surround the air vents, center console and arm rest controls. Phosphor-blue
BMW Angel eyes
illuminate all the controls. Fit and finish is first class.

The XJ L’s standard four-zone automatic climate control system can be operated either by (1) the touch screen (2) the redundant “old school” controls on the dash, or (3) by voice command. The heated leather sports steering wheel (again, standard) is activated by a steering wheel-mounted switch.

The Xenon headlights got the obligatory LED eyeliner treatment, but it’s the vertical
LED taillights
, with cat scratch-like strakes rendered in blood-red
LED lights
, that define the XJ’s design . Heads turn when this car prowls the streets. It exudes a sense of graceful, modern luxury.


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Written by Kitty Cat Central

July 19th, 2012 at 6:01 am