First shown at the Beijing Auto Show in April last year, the XJ50, as its name suggests, celebrates 50 years of the XJ and comes with a number of bespoke touches consisting of split seven-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, Autobiography-styled front and rear bumpers, a black mesh grille, special XJ50 badging on the bootlid and side vents, and a choice of four colours; Fuji White, Santorini Black, Rosello Red and Loire Blue.
Inside, the 18-way electrically adjustable front seats come with a five position massaging function and are trimmed in soft-grain diamond-quilted leather with a leaping Jaguar embossed on the headrests, while other unique features include XJ50 branded illuminated treadplates, a commemorative plaque inserted into the wood trim at the base of the windscreen, an XJ50 branded centre console glove box and anodised metal gear shift paddles.
Like in the United Kingdom, the XJ50 will only be offered with a single powertrain, the 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 that produces 221kW/700Nm and which drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As ever, top speed is limited to 250km/h with the 0-100km/h dash taking 6.2 seconds.
Pricing for the XJ50 starts at R1 815 000 with the long wheelbase XJ50 L retailing for R1 921 200.