Is this test mule a new BMW model?

Interesting | May 14th, 2009 by 9

NO, it is not, but at a first glance, most of the media outlets believed that we are looking at one of those “funky camouflaged” …

NO, it is not, but at a first glance, most of the media outlets believed that we are looking at one of those “funky camouflaged” test mules that have entertained us for the past two years or so.

As you recall, BMW uses two type of camouflage techniques: one starts early in the development and testing stage when the car is covered with plastic fake body panels that hide the design lines. The second one is they psychedelic black and white pattern camo that shows up during the Final Evaluation Phases where the car is being testing shortly prior to the official launch.

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So, what do we have here today? Well….Jaguar decided to start using a similar technique and used it on their upcoming XJ model. But wait, that’s not all, on top of this, they decided to go even further with their camouflage plan and added the famous twin kidney grille seen on all the BMWs.

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We have no idea why they would such thing and can’t even determine if BMW should be flattered or not. And not to leave you hanging here, the 2010 Jaguar XJ is a four-door vehicle with coupe like lines and a massive front grille.  It is powered by a new supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine with 510 horsepower and 625 Nm of torque. A smaller 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 diesel outputs 271 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque.

The car is scheduled to debut this year with sales starting in 2010. The XJ is supposed to be a strong competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Maserati Quattroporte, Bentley Flying Spur and even the Porsche Panamera.

[Source: Worldcarfans ]

9 responses to “Is this test mule a new BMW model?”

  1. Gord says:

    Sneaky…. using the camo to create 2 kidney grilles.

  2. Paul says:

    The front overhang gives it away quick. No BMW has front wheels pulled so far back inside the wheelbase.

  3. viper says:

    looks too good to be bmw… looks like a 4door coupe

  4. Jordan says:

    Competing with the quattroporte and flying spur?? I’d for sure pick one of the those two before a Jag. I had a Quattroporte Sport GT for last summer and that was a very nice car for sure. I just couldn’t see a Jag in the same realm, just yet at least. To me it seems like Hyundai going after Lexus with their Genesis, almost but still no where near the refinement and luxury of the Lexus, or Merc or BMW for that matter.

  5. Samson says:

    So where is the Hofmeister kink??? a BMW never ever!!!

  6. Rui Costa says:

    This is the new JAG XJ!?!?

  7. Parker Despain says:

    the large overhangs gave it away for me… But very sneaky indeed.

  8. jon H says:

    bastards! the know itll never be as good as a bmw so they want to try to pass it off as one for as long as possible before the true unveiling.

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