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2011 Jaguar XJ: TheCarConnection's Live Drive

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The 2011 Jaguar XJ arrives at dealers in a few weeks--but today High Gear Media will be behind the wheel to drive the new luxury sedan, live from Hollywood.

The basics on the new XJ should be familiar by now--we've been sharing the details since the new four-door ditched the archaic style of old at its 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show debut. It marks the conclusion of a design revolution at Jaguar that began with the current XK coupe and convertible, followed through with the effortlessly beautiful Jaguar XF--and culminates with short- and long-wheelbase versions of the large sedan that will carry Jaguar's banner from the $65,000 range well into the $100,000 stratosphere.

Underpinning the new sedan: a new version of the aluminum riveted and bonded body that made the last-generation XJ a lightweight in the best sense. It's paired with V-8 engines that spin out 385 horsepower in base trim, all the way up to 510 horsepower in paddle-shifted SuperSport versions--which also promise 4.7-second runs to 60 mph.

Features like a Bowers & Wilkins audio system and a dual-view LCD instrument display are aimed at the technophiles. And with a possible XJ plug-in hybrid in the works, the big four-door's green-car credentials have been buffed along with its body.

Can the 2011 XJ top TheCarConnection's rankings and best the BMW and Benz sedans in its class, as the XF sedan has already done? Stay tuned all day as we tweet the latest from our first drive, and wrap up with a road test soon after.

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