Jaguar XJ

The Jaguar XJ first launched in the United States in 2011. Now, almost five years later, the XJ has grown a bit dull over the years. However, Jaguar recently confirmed that they plan on updating its flagship XJ luxury sedan, loading it with more technology and adding a number of different model iterations customers can choose from. Aside from the technological enhancements, the exterior has been touched up with a hint of modern aggression. Base MSRP $90,000


Nowhere near a revolution from the old, the new look does include a redesigned front fascia, featuring a larger central grille that uses a new mesh pattern. This includes a revised front bumper sporting new chrome surrounds in the lower air intakes. The headlights now incorporate full adaptive LED technology including automated high beams, now a standard feature across the XJ lineup. New LED taillights and oval exhaust tips are found at the rear end. Available for the 2016 XJ models are both standard and long wheel base editions available. The new standard range includes the XJ R-Sport, XJ R-Sport AWD, XJ Supercharged, and the XJR. For the long wheelbase models, there is the XJL Portfolio, XJL Portfolio AWD, XJL Supercharged, and the XJR LWB.


Standard wheelbase models receive soft grain perforated leather seats with contrast stitching, contrast piping, and an embossed Jaguar logo on the headrests. R-Sport models retain the current models’ eight-by-eight power adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar support. The Supercharged models receive 14-by-14 power adjustable seats. The longer wheelbase models are more comfort oriented, receiving quilted seating surfaces that are finished in a diamond patter. Front and rear heated and ventilated seats come standard on long wheelbase models. The XJ is packed with technology, such as the InControl Touch Pro system, powered by a quad-core Intel processor, 60-GB solid-state drive, and a next-generation Ethernet network. An 825-watt, 17-speaker surround sound stereo system from Meridian comes standard, and an optional 26-speaker Meridian Reference sound system provides 1,300-watts of power, with 17 channels and Meridian’s Trifield technology can be selected.


Powering the different models of the XJ is a carryover line of the C6 and V8 engines from the past. Starting the lineup is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6, producing 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This is connected to either a RWD or AWD layout. Next up is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8, pumping out 470 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque or it can be further tuned to 550 horsepower and 680 lb-ft of torque. Each engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF.


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