Jaguar XJ Moments: Long-Wheelbase Sedan Featured in 2017 London Drone Race

The ten-year old Jaguar XJ luxury sedan has closed the doors on its first generation, so we've been spending some time looking back at some of the model's iconic moments.

One of our favorite events that the first-generation Jaguar XJ participated in is the drone race of 2017. At the time, Jaguar was showing its extended wheelbase model: the XJL. The whole point of the XJL was to lengthen the wheelbase and provide exceptional backseat space. Rear passengers had easy entry with large door space and truly impressive leg and shoulder room. In fact, the XJL offered an extra five inches of legroom over the regular XJ. That's not to mention the wealth of premium luxury features found inside the cabin.

To display the size of the back seat in the XJL, Jaguar set up an exciting event featuring a drone race and a course incorporating the XJL itself. A course with 13 door-shaped gates was set up, and the racers took their places in the backseat of the XJL.

As the race started, the two drones took off to navigate through the complex course, even flying straight through an XJL with the rear doors propped open. Each drone achieved speeds of up to 60 mph.

A New Generation of Jaguar XJ Models on the Horizon

The 2019 model year marked the end of the road for the first-generation XJ, but that doesn’t mean the nameplate is finished. Jaguar is set to release an all-electric version of its flagship luxury sedan for the 2021 model year. We here at Jaguar Troy are happy to keep you informed with new information about the 2021 XJ, so feel free to contact our staff leading up to the release.

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