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The new XJ uses the same "tuning knob" gear selector that premiered on the XF mid-sized car, now also found on Jaguar's XK sports cars. When the car is turned off, the knob drops down to lie flush with the center console. Gears can also be changed manually using shifter paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

The instrument panel is actually a high-definition computer screen rendering the dials in realistic detail. The gauges change color if the driver selects the car's "sport" mode for more performance. When a warning is needed -- if fuel is running low, for instance -- the tachometer fades away to be replaced by a warning emblem.

A dual-view computer screen between the driver and passenger seats can present different views to each. While the driver sees a navigation map, the passenger seated next to him could be watching a movie or choosing a radio station.

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