Jaguar Marks 50 years of its XJ Sedan with Special Edition

By Paul Joseph

British car marquee Jaguar is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its premium XJ saloon with a special edition model called the XJ50.

Unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show currently taking place in China in both short- and long-wheelbase forms, the visual elements that separate the XJ50 from the standard model include unique front and rear bumpers and a gloss black grille.

There are also 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 colours: Rosello Red, Santorini Black, Fuji White, and Loire Blue.

Inside the cabin, the special edition XJ50 is fitted with distinctive touches like an XJ50 logo on the front centre armrest, illuminated XJ50-branded treadplates, diamond quilted seats with the Jaguar leaper logo on the headrests and aluminium 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-litre 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-litre 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,” says Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design. 

The special edition XJ50 will be on display at the Beijing Motor Show until 4 May.

By Paul Joseph