By Maz Woolley
The latest model in the Atlas Jaguar collection is a Jaguar XJ in silver. Launched in 2009 and updated in 2014 the XJ is the flagship car in the Jaguar range. An XJ is the official transport for the UK Prime Minister and also for members of the Royal Family.
An examination of photographs of the Ixo Stratus Grey XJ model shows that the Atlas model clearly originates from the same casting. Other than the colour, and treatment of the number plates, they look like they are finished to exactly the same standards.
This is one of the better Atlas models, though the depth of colour in the rear lights different from side to side which is a shame, and there are some small paint faults too. On the plus side there is a huge amount of interior detail right down to the contrast colour piping on the seats and a dashboard and centre console with a wealth of printed detail. Even the small section at the top of the window for passes to be fixed is properly reproduced as are the rear window heater elements. The moulded in windscreen wipers which are then picked out in black are really effective and makes you wonder why so much effort is put into photo etched wipers which are inevitably too flat and fragile.
It will be interesting to see how much longer this series runs for. With the impact of the falling value of the pound I can see many series being wound up early so new series at higher prices can be launched.
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