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Jaguar marks 50 Years of the XJ with a Special Edition model called the XJ50

Revealed at the Beijing motor show in both short and long-wheelbase forms, the new variant comes with the brand's 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine and eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, which channels drive to the rear wheels.

To mark out its special-edition status, the XJ50 wears bumpers resembling those fitted to Autobiography models and sits on 20in Venom alloy wheels. There's also a black front grille, while body colours offered with the model include Fuji White, Santorini Black, Loire Blue and Rosello Red.

Jaguar XJ50
Jaguar XJ50

The cabin is equipped with soft-grain, diamond-quilted leather seats with an embossed Jaguar logo on the headrests and XJ50 logo on the armrest. The logo is also on the tread plates, while anodised gearshift paddles and metal pedals add a sporting flair.

Jaguar design director Ian Callum said of the XJ50: "Spanning half a century, the Jaguar XJ remains true to its heritage with a wonderful balance of beautiful design, intelligent performance and indulgent luxury that ensures it stands out from the crowd."

"This is a car worth celebrating and the XJ50 pays homage to a giant within the Jaguar brand that we believe is one of the world's most stylish sporting saloons."

The XJ50 is available to order now, priced from £74,280. That makes it £13,970 more expensive than the regular XJ.