Jaguar is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of its premium XJ saloon this year. To commemorate this momentous occasion the British marque has taken the wraps off a special-edition model called the XJ50. Unveiled at the Beijing motor show in both short- and long-wheelbase forms, the visual elements that separate the XJ50 from the standard model include unique front and rear bumpers, a gloss black grille, special badges on the side vents, along with 20-inch alloy wheels with a gloss black diamond turned finish. The special edition will be available in four colors: Rosello Red, Santorini Black, Fuji White, and Loire Blue.
Inside the cabin, the XJ50 is fitted with special touches like an XJ50 logo on the front center armrest, illuminated XJ50-branded treadplates, diamond quilted seats with the Jaguar leaper logo on the headrests and aluminum shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. In the UK, the special edition XJ50 will be available in both short- as well as long-wheelbase versions. Both models are powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 producing 296 horsepower. However, the US version will only be available as a long-wheelbase model with the choice of either a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 good for 340hp or a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 470hp. “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,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design. Jaguar hasn’t resealed the US pricing yet.