The 2016 Jaguar XJ – Resets The Standards
Jaguar has revealed the XJ as a mid-cycle update, 2016 model year. The XJ, Jaguar’s all-aluminium British luxury saloon (code name X351) was initially launched back in 2009. It was designed by the iconic British car designer Ian Callum, now Jaguar’s design director. The most distinctive features that were added on the XJ were the long upright and and falling taillights which were nicknamed as “cat’s-claws”. Also, blackened roof into C-pillar extensions next to the either side of the rear window-screen creating an effect to subdue the width of the car.
“More dynamic and distinctive than ever, we’ve engineered our flagship saloon to deliver even greater levels of luxury and performance.
“Featuring our new world-class infotainment system, interior materials and finishes which create an even more bespoke feel, and with our higher output, lower emissions diesel engine, the XJ rewards drivers and passengers like no other luxury car.” – Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XJ
The new XJ features a larger, more upright grille, while sculpted chrome blades in the outboard air intakes emphasize the car’s mature, prestigious character.
The full LED headlights accentuate the ‘quad lamp’ design feature that Jaguar sporting sedans have made their own. They are further enhanced with active front steer- and static bend lamp functions, and auto high beam-assist. LED headlights also provide a colour temperature closer to that of daylight than Bi-Xenon lamps, improving visibility and driver comfort, and are also more energy-efficient.
Twin ‘J-Blade signature’ daytime running lights are a unique feature to XJ, befitting its status in the Jaguar saloon car range. The white light instantly and seamlessly changes to orange when the direction indicator is operated.
The LED rear lights feature a new J-signature tail and position light graphic, making the XJ even more distinctive. The rear bumper now features a gloss black valance and a slender chrome insert. Oval exhaust finishers complete the look.
The XJ’s peerless interior design has been taken to the next level. So luxurious has it become that the outgoing Portfolio trim is now used for the Premium Luxury model. The new Portfolio gains quilted soft-grain leather seats with diamond stitching and embossed headrests, and figured ebony veneer.
The Autobiography model, new to XJ in the 2016 model year and available only with the long-wheelbase body, can be identified on the outside by chrome front bumper air intakes and 20″ Mataiva wheels (Maroa in the UK). Inside, there’s a unique Autobiography Intaglio, quilted semi-aniline leather seats with contrasting stitching, a leather headliner, rich oak inlay veneer, and illuminated stainless steel treadplates, air vents and boot finisher.
The new Jaguar XJ range will consist of: XJ Luxury, XJ Premium Luxury, XJ Portfolio, XJ R-Sport, XJR, XJ Autobiography.
The powertrain range will consist of: 300PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel automatic; RWD, 240PS 2.0-litre petrol automatic; RWD, 340PS 3.0-litre V6 petrol automatic; RWD/AWD, 470, 510 and 550PS 5.0-litre V8 petrol automatic; RWD.
All powertrains feature a specifically-optimised eight-speed automatic from ZF. Each has been developed to provide the perfect balance of unrivalled launch performance, shift comfort, dynamics and efficiency.
However, two variants of the 8HP transmission family are offered in the new XJ: the familiar 8HP70 transmission and the lighter, more compact 8HP45.
Advance Tech & Features
- Gaining traction: All-Surface Progress Control
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist
- Closing Vehicle Sensing
- Reverse Traffic Detection
- Re-configurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster now offers full-screen navigation display.
- Rear seat entertainment system with two deployable 10.2-inch, high-definition screens and USB, HDMI and MHL input
- New InControl Touch Pro touchscreen infotainment system and 26-speaker, 1,300W Meridian Digital Reference audio system.
- Black Pack options for subtly enhanced exterior styling.
The new 2016 model year Jaguar XJ goes on sale from Autumn 2015