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XJ40 to 2008

class m xj40 to current modelsThe Ford Motor Company took control of Jaguar in 1990 and Jaguar was restored with the rebirth of quality, reliability, genuine dynamic performance and drive response. Resulting from the worldwide financial crisis Ford sold Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata Motors of India. Tata wanted to expand sales and deliver beautifully designed cars of the highest engineering standards and this they have achieved.

The XJ40 was unveiled in October 1986 with a new body, styling and power trains. When Ford took control they injected substantial funds which rebuilt the production lines and the development and building of the X300, an evolution of the XJ40. It was launched in 1994. Engines were 3.2 or 4.0 litre sixes or a 6 litre V12. The 4.0 litre had a supercharged option, top speed 250 kph.

By 1997 the six cylinder X300 engines and the venerable V12 were pensioned off . Their replacement, the 290bhp AJ-V8 engine, was used in the XK8 sports car and in the revised XJ named the XJ8 or XJR (X308). The exterior was very similar to the X300 but the excellent new engine and totally revamped interior boosted sales. A supercharged version developed 370bhp adding to the sales success. These ran until the all new aluminium X350 XJ was released in 2003.

The X350 was built almost entirely of aluminium and was 200kg lighter than the preceding model. A V6 option made a comeback and the V8 was continued. The new lighter, stiff er structure provided improved all round performance. The list of improvements was vast, interior space was increased in all directions, boot space increased by 30 per cent over the X300/X308.

The next major development was the unveiling of the completely new XJ (X351) in July 2009. This had petrol and diesel engines in a range of con figurations. Supercharging was an option giving a top speed limited to 250 kph with transmission via a six speed automatic gearbox. The list of luxury standard items was remarkable, a panoramic glass roof, air suspension, a top sound system. The diesel gave seven litres /100 km.

The new S-Type introduced in 1998 was a mid-sized luxury executive car. Its build period ran to 2008. Engine sizes, petrol and diesel, ranged from 2.5 litre AJ-V6 to a 4.2 litre AJ-V8, transmissions came in 5 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic depending on the model. The 4.2 litre V8 supercharged 400bhp S-Type R added in 2002 was an absolute rocket, 0 to 100 kph in 5.6 seconds. A 4.2 non supercharged model (300bhp) was introduced in 2004 as was the 2.7 litre V6 diesel.

Refinements and improvements continued during its six year production run. In 2005 new front and rear aprons, a slightly modified grill etc., kept the S-Type range fresh.


In 2008 Jaguar replaced the S-Type with the XF. An amazing transformation in design and style. It featured advanced aerodynamics, length was increased and the roof line heightened to provide better headroom. Engines were carried over from the S-Type. In January 2008 the XF was awarded ‘What Car?’ magazine car of the year and it won the 2009 best executive award. The XF also won ‘What Diesel?’ magazine’s car of the year in 2008.

The X-Type (X400), the compact executive car of the range, arrived in 2001. It retained the retro look of the earlier XJ series cars. It was based on the Ford Mondeo platform, initially with all wheel drive with 2.5 litre and 3.0 litre V6 petrol engines. In 2003 a front wheel drive-only version with a 2.1 litre V6 became available. This was 70kg lighter than the four-wheel drive cars. An estate bodied version came on the market in 2004 but was not sold in Australia. In 2003 a 2.0 litre diesel engine was added. The X-Type continued to be improved with face lifts and minor engine variants, the frontal alterations of 2008 resembled the XF look. Production ceased in 2009.

After 21 honourable years the XJS was given its last farewell in 1996. The all new XK8 came onto the scene that year. It was available as a coupe or convertible and was the first 8 cylinder car produced by Jaguar using the AJ-V8 motor.  

This beautiful vehicle had a naturally aspirated engine or a supercharged variant known as the XKR. They came with self levelling xenon head lamps, a navigation system, cruise control, air bags and a myriad of other modern features. Speed was limited to 250 kph. The year 2005 saw the XK (X150) with a new aluminium body, performance enhancements and a totally new cabin. The convertible had a conventional cloth top that opened or closed in under 20 seconds.

2010 Models

class m xj40 to current models 2The 2010 XJ range had 3.0 litre V6 diesel engines, up from 2.7 litre, 5.0 litre direct injection V8 petrol and 5.0 litre V8 petrol supercharged rated at 346kW or 375kW. All had 6 speed automatic transmissions and were limited to 250kph. The safety and security systems were state of the art and the optional features were extensive. The interior timber veneers and the leather shades were exquisite. Head linings and carpet selections complement the overall ambiance of a stunning new beginning for Jaguar. The cabin instrumentation and driver controls were all excellently positioned.  

The new XJ made a quantum leap into the future with its engine management systems, the inbuilt safety systems, the HD touch screen, blind spot monitor, rear camera parking, etc. The XF and XFR for 2010 were further developed with a new, advanced 3.0 litre AJ V6D, GEN 111 S diesel and two new 5.0 litre AJ V8, GEN 111 petrol engines to take XF performance to new heights. The sporting appearance and the use of the most up to date engineering placed these beautifully constructed cars in the absolute forefront of luxury cars. The performances of the latest XK and XKR sports cars can be compared favourably with any of their rivals. The naturally aspirated V8 and the supercharged 306 kW 4.2 litre V8 of the XKR balance effortless performance with superb refinement.  

2011 Models

class m xj40 to current models 3Jaguar unveiled the new XKRR Special Edition to mark the 50th Anniversary of the E- Type that was limited to just 25 cars. This car was clearly aimed at the serious sports car/race car enthusiast with very deep pockets. Design Director Ian Callum said “The styling of this car isn’t about image, it’s about true performance. Like other iconic Jaguars before it, the styling has been driven by geometry and aerodynamics for genuine design purity. The physics required to achieve 300km/h have lead to the aesthetic; if you don’t like the way it looks, you probably won’t like the way it drives either”.

This car weighed 1735kgs, the lightest in its class. The XKR-S was equipped with Jaguar’s “Adaptive Dynamics” which provided a continuously variable damping system that monitored and controlled all inputs that might aff ect the ride and handling of the car.

The 2011 XF improvements across the range included a new 2.2 litre diesel power plant that had an 8 speed ZF transmission with “silky smooth” shifts and was extremely quick. This new variant joined the 3.0 litre diesel and the other engine choices. All aspects of driver comfort and the latest electronic functions were included as with all that year’s Jaguars.

The XJ range featured normal and long wheelbase models and a broad selection of petrol and diesel engines, all using a 6 speed auto transmission. The variety of body colours and interior trims were comprehensive. The set-out and design of the driving compartment was great with all gauges and instruments ideally positioned with everything well within reach. The latest GPS/ touch screen/in car entertainment, Bluetooth, telephone etc. were all part of the package. The exterior and interior design work was very beautiful.  

2012 Models

The XJ, XF and XK models all received revisions for 2012. The XKR-S was announced and was the fasted sports car ever built by Jaguar with a top speed of 300kph and 0 to 60mph in 4.2 seconds. It had an up rated supercharged 5.00 litre AJ-V8 GEN111 R direct injection petrol engine with variable valve timing on all 4 camshafts. 550PS (542bhp) and 680 Nm of torque! All mechanical and aerodynamic features were revised to be consistent with the very high performance. It has achieved sub eight- minutes lap times at the Nurburgring!

The XJ had a new V6 3.0 litre petrol engine option. All engines came with a 6 speed transmission. New exterior and interior colours and more options were available. The XF was available with a new 2.2 litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine with stop/ start system, the first time in a Jaguar 52 mpg was achievable. Revisions were made to the front and rear to bring it in line with XJ styling.

2014 Models 

The last XK rolled off the assembly line in Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant on Friday, July 25, with the exciting and highly developed F-Type truly assuming he mantle of sports car with the inclusion of the F-type R. Powered by Jaguar’s incredible 5.0 V8 4040 kW with 680Nm of torque for sheer unadulterated performance that is 100 per cent exploitable – 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds, best-in-class power and torque as well as best power-to-weight and torque-to-weight. F-Type R takes full advantage of the coupe’s extremely rigid body shell. The range continues with the XJ and XF models, the latter available in XFR-S configuration with many mechanical and body styling upgrades and sharing the F-Type-R engine achieving 0-100km/h in 4.6 secs.

The range consisted of the XJ AND XF models, the latter available in XFR-S configuration with many mechanical and styling upgrades and sharing the F-Type R engine achieving 0-100km/h in 4.6 secs. The current range consisted of the XJ with a choice of four petrol or diesel engines with eight speed transmissions, the XF saloon in five variants and similar engine trans combinations, the F-Type in four versions of V6 and V8 as coupe or convertible and the run out XK in coupe and convertible.

The reveal of the year was the new XE mid-sized saloon which added a heads-up display of key information direct to the windscreen ahead of the driver including speed, navigation, local speed limits etc. It was added to the range in 2015 which will also see the update for the XJ and the final run of the venerable and highly successful XF, the last of the steel bodied cars will finish production in 2015 making the Jaguar stable an all-aluminium projection and assembly line.

For limited release of only 250 cars is the F-Type based and D-Type Le Mans-inspired F-Type Project 7, also to go into production mid-2015. For more information browse www.jaguar.com.au/index


2016 Models


Jaguar XF

The new updated XF, first launched in 2007, has evolved into a class leader with design, performance and better aerodynamics, with a new engine range, has improved its already excellent fuel efficiency.

This new model has two petrol and two diesel engines, combined with a super-smooth eight speed auto transmission. Some of the vast array of electronic driver assistance are:

  • Throttle mapping for ultra-smooth acceleration over the entire rev. range,
  • Adaptive Damping Control (via the Touch screen)
  • In Control Pro Infotainment System (again via the Touch screen)

The safety features in the XF include emergency braking, lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise/tracking and safe distance warning. The braking system is remarkable! With no hesitation of fade.

Jaguar XE

Jaguar’s new entrant is the brand new compact sporting saloon XE. Top performance with punch provided by either petrol or diesel engines with turbo or supercharged "assistance" with an eight speed ZF auto transmission. The four "models" in the range come with an endless variety of refinements, even in the so called basic model, the usual comparison with other German/European vehicles will be made but Jaguar XE, has not caught up, it has jumped to the front of the pack.  The suspension, front and rear, permits vertical movement as well as fore-aft "adjustment" in a superb controlled way. With its lightweight construction (75% aluminium) it is a superb road holding, sports car, with luxury cabin and controls.

Jaguar F-Pace

When Jaguar first contemplated adding an SUV to their model range, care had to be exercised as Land Rover like Jaguar is owned by Tata. A five seat configuration rather than, seven of several opposition SUVs was the direction chosen to fit the chosen position in the market.

This "all" aluminum, Ian Callum-designed, vehicle has redefined and exceeded the Company sales expectations. The F-Pace looks like a Jaguar, drives like a Jaguar and most importantly handles like a Jaguar.

Jaguar E-Pace


The E-Pace had its Australian release on Thursday 1st March 2018. This is Jaguar’s second foray into the SUV market. This time in the compact SUV bracket with its unique combination of looks, agility and dynamic driving.

The E-Pace is available in four base variants which introduce the new nomenclature, E-Pace, E-Pace S, E-Pace SE and E-Pace HSE. There are several different trim levels of each and also an E-Pace First Edition.

A choice of four different 2.0L Petrol or Diesel engines with further trim specifications including R-Dynamic versions dependent on engine selection.

The usual array of wheel, lighting and convenience options are available which include driver aids such as Emergency Brake Assist, Rear Camera, Driver Condition Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist, Park Pack and Drive Pack.