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The smallest of the three is the compact executive XE, followed by XF in the middle. Luxury class XJ is the largest and most extended. All three cars, when viewed in profile, share a shoulder line that starts near the ground ahead of the front wheel, then curves gracefully over the wheel arch and flows the length of the car into the rear.

XE’s shoulder line rises as it spans the length of the car, exaggerated by the low-set front grille. The car looks ready to pounce – just like the brand’s four-legged animal namesake.

There’s a crisp flick of the shoulder line into the boot lid that informs XF’s sporty profile. The overhangs are shorter than before, but there’s more room inside – especially in the back – and with lightweight aluminium architecture, it’s 190kg lighter than its predecessor.

Although the Jaguar grille in its current form was introduced with XF in 2007, XJ demonstrated Jaguar’s confidence in it. The current interpretation makes arguably the biggest statement. Look more closely, and you’ll see that XJ adopts the latest in lighting technology, with cuboid shapes and light guide accents. XF’s jewel-like headlights have a blade through them as well, which distinguishes the car from XE.

XJ introduced the ‘Riva Hoop’ design cue to the modern Jaguar. This is the graceful spar that flows seamlessly from one side of the dashboard to the other, giving a gentle ‘cockpit’ feel, much like the classic speedboat brand after which it is named.

It is this strong design statement that sets XJ’s interior apart from the opposition. It’s more of an English members’ club, suave and sophisticated.

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