Jaguar South Africa has released pricing for its special edition XJ50, which was unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show back in April 2018 to commemorate five decades of the brand’s flagship luxury saloon.
Now available locally, pricing starts from R1 815 000 for the standard wheelbase model, while the longer variant has a base price of R 1 921 200.
What differentiates this anniversary edition model from its stablemates, you ask? Well, exterior modifications are subtle, but include bespoke Autobiography-style bumpers (fore and aft), a black mesh grille and 19-inch split seven-spoke wheels. Of course, model-specific badging has also been fitted to the boot lid and side vents to indicate this is a special XJ.
Open the car’s soft-close doors and you’ll notice an illuminated “XJ50” logo in the front door sills. Inside, the cabin boasts plenty of soft-grain diamond-quilted leather, complete with an XJ50 logo embossed in the centre armrest and Jaguar’s trademark “leapers” on the headrests. Furthermore, a commemorative plaque has been fitted to the walnut veneer, which wraps around the base of the windscreen.
The front seats meanwhile, feature 18-way electric adjustment and five massage programmes. The standard equipment list also includes self-levelling rear air suspension, adaptive LED headlamps and bright-metal paddle shifters.
Locally, the XJ50 (regardless of wheelbase length) will be offered with the Whitley-based brand’s 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel mill, producing 221 kW and 700 N.m of torque.