Jaguar XJ6 Origins
The Jaguar XJ6 is a luxury saloon car that launched in the year 1968 and manufactured through 1997. Throughout more than three decades of production, the Jaguar XJ6 has been modified and upgraded several times. Jaguar marks each major modification as a new series of Jaguar XJ6. The iconic XK engine powers the car with its inline six-cylinder design, which replaced the engines in most of Jaguar's other saloon cars.
The introduction of the Series I Jaguar XJ6 triggered the release of a range of cars that would replace other Jaguars such as the 420, 420G, S-Type, and MK2. The car was designed under the leadership of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons. Jaguar expects the XJ6 to replace outdated models and simplify its production line and offerings. As a result, the Jaguar XJ6 excels in the areas of handling, space, comfort, and looks.Jaguar XJ6 Features
The Jaguar XJ6 remained virtually untouched from 1968 through 1992. During this time, only minor changes were made in its exterior design. Most changes focus on updating the interior, features, and performance. However, the year 1992 saw the end of production of the third series of the classic Jaguar XJ6. After two years, the company finally introduced a version of the Jaguar XJ6 with a refreshed body style. This car, which has a technology called the X300, still maintains some similar elements to the older Jaguar XJ6. The major updated body parts in this version of the Jaguar XJ6 include the addition of four round headlights that give more definition to the specially sculpted hood. The car is driven by an AJ16, inline, six-cylinder engine which upgraded from the AJ6 engine. This version of the Jaguar XJ6 ceased production in 1997. A year later, the XJ-Series proceeded with the X308, which is powered by a V-8 engine, thus signaling the end of the Jaguar XJ6.Jaguar XJ6 Evolution
The first series of the Jaguar XJ6 was launched in 1968. The brand offered the car in 2.4-liter and 4.2-liter, six-cylinder engine variants. The car didn't have a clean sheet design. In fact, Jaguar actually borrowed the smooth suspension system and drive train from the Jaguar 420G. In 1969, the Daimler versions of the Jaguar XJ6 were introduced: the Daimler Sovereign, Six and Double Six Vanden Plas. These variants are more or less like the Jaguar XJ6, except with a Daimler grille and high-end equipment inside.
In 1972, the 4.2-liter version of the Jaguar XJ6 was modified to include a larger wheelbase. This adds four inches to the rear leg room. By the time the Series 1 was finished in 1973, Jaguar had sold more than 98,000 cars in the XJ-Series.
The second series of the Jaguar XJ6 was launched in September 1973. Jaguar developed this new series to meet the new road and car safety regulations in the United States. More specifically, the bumper of the Jaguar XJ6 was raised higher to meet these requirements. This reduced the size of the grille, a look that had been synonymous with Jaguar XJ cars ever since. The ventilation and heating system in the first series suffered criticism, so the second series was designed to correct these problems and make the Jaguar XJ6 more fine-tuned.
In 1975, a two-door coupe variant of the Jaguar XJ6 was introduced to compete with similar cars offered by BMW and Mercedes. It served as a big achievement for the company, but it never became popular enough to survive for more than two years. Jaguar XJ6 coupe production stopped in 1977. 1975 saw the replacement of the 2.8-liter variant Jaguar XJ6 with the 3.4-liter variant of the XK, for improved performance and power.
The second series of the Jaguar XJ6 boasted the same high-end design quality. After 1975, however, the quality declined rapidly when the company came under the control of British Leyland.
The third and final series of the Jaguar XJ6 utilized the same classic effect of the previous XJ-Series. However, production quality remained below that of old Jaguar cars. Moreover, by this time, the design of the XJ6 had gone from classic to ancient.