Fifty years later and the Jaguar XJ continues to shine
First Generation: 1968-1973
The first generation of the XJ is known as Series 1. It offered two straight-six engines before offering a V12 in 1972. Top speed for the V12 was around 140 miles per hour.
Second Generation: 1973-1979
The second generation of the XJ saw the automaker update the styling inside and out while introducing another engine – a 3.4-liter straight-six. A two-door version – the XJ Coupe debuted for the 1975 model year. Jaguar discontinued the coupe in 1978.
Third Generation: 1979-1986
The third generation XJ was yet another iteration of the previous generation. Design changes included rubber bumpers with decorative chrome trim, a revised roofline, flush door handles, and a grille with just vertical slats.
Fifth Generation: 1994-1997
Ford took ownership of Jaguar in 1990 making the fifth-generation XJ in 1994 the first designed with the help of the Dearborn automaker. The fifth-generation XJ saw the sedan receive a major design update up front, with the return of four individual headlights that mimicked the sculpted hood design.
Sixth Generation: 1997-2003
The sixth-generation XJ saw minor design improvements over the outgoing model. The XJ saw the straight-six and V12 engines replaced with V8 units.
Seventh Generation: 2003-2007
In 2003, the XJ got another substantial update with an all-new chassis and exterior design. The XJ’s new design continued to evoke the design of the Series XJs with round headlights and a sculpted hood continuing.
Eighth Generation: 2007-2009
The eight-generation XJ received a mild refresh with a redesigned front and rear fascia, which included a new grille, new lower fascia, and revised bumper. The new XJ used less chrome. Ford announced its intent to sell Jaguar in 2007.
Ninth Generation: 2009-Present
With a new owner – Tata Motors – Jaguar introduced a new Jaguar XJ. While the new XJ has a wildly different design when compared to its predecessor, it used the same underpinnings as the previous generation.