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.
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.
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.