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Posted: 18 Jan 2011
The Secret-Squirrel reveal of the XJ, some 18 months ago now, laid the foundations for this. It was hard to know whether we were there to look at a new car or had been parachuted into an episode of Spooks. First, there was a rendezvous. Then we were driven to the venue, a massive English stately home. It was when they ushered us up to a roof-top turret that I really began to think my number was up. Exactly how often had I been rude about Jaguar in the past?
Before I could figure that out, a pair of undisguised XJs crunched across the gravel, Merchant Ivory-style, only this time they might as well have been teleported to Earth from a passing UFO. Rarely has a new car slackened so many jaws. The front end, kind of elongated XF meets Maserati Quattroporte, was consistent with some of the advance intel. But the rest of it was a gigantic departure, especially the flowing rear three-quarters and, most controversial of all, that cigar-tube rear end.