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Automotive Traveler Magazine: 2012 02 2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Page 2

Where's the 'leaper?'

Everyone recognizes the redesigned Jaguar XJ as a Jaguar, but many people seem to miss the leaping cat emblem on the hood. It's a sign of the times at Coventry's luxury car company. From new ownership to an all-new design philosophy, Jaguar is ready to play with the big boys.

When the company introduced the Jaguar XJ in the late 1960s, it brought the brand into the modern era. Although the styling was a big move forward, looking back, it wasn't as much of a revolution as an evolution that skipped a few steps. You could still see the lineage between the XJ and the previous 420 sedan. Lower and slightly longer, the XJ took aim at other luxury models while simultaneously defining the sport sedan.

Three platforms and many facelifts later, the XJ could still trace its styling roots back to the 420 of 1966. Hidden under that traditional façade found on the 2009 model, Jaguar engineered a