Spies have caught the upcoming Jaguar XJ doing laps at the Nürburgring. The car will be revealed on July 9 while deliveries begin in early 2010.

Jaguar is not taking any chances at all with regards to the new radical design direction it has embarked on for the XJ luxury sedan. Even after announcing it will unveil the XJ on July 9, the company still kept plenty of camouflage on this prototype which was spied running at the Nürburgring. By using that particular track Jaguar seems to be applying its marketing slogan of "beautiful, fast cars" to all the models, including the big XJ.

An official teaser image with an accompanying video clip was recently revealed. It showed the car directly from above and very little else could be made out. Jaguar announced at the 2009 Auto Shanghai that the XJ will feature the brand's new supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine with 510bhp (380kW) and 625Nm of maximum torque. Another confirmed engine is the 3.0-litre twin turbo diesel V6 which produces 271bhp (202kW) and 600Nm of torque.

To enhance performance even further Jaguar is using aerospace-derived technology and an aluminium body architecture for the car's construction. Therefore weight is expected to be at a minimum.

More spy pictures could surface before the big event. When they do we hope to see much less camouflage.

The order book for the XJ will be opened after the July reveal. Customer deliveries will start in some markets during the first quarter of 2010.


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