"Jaguar's focus this year is firmly on meeting our customers' needs for cars that combine superb value for money with a driving experience that you can only get from a Jaguar. That's why the 2006 XJ range has been significantly upgraded to ensure every customer will find a model to satisfy his or her requirements. From the introduction of our acclaimed 2.7 litre V6 turbodiesel engine to a host of other groundbreaking advances for every model, such as acoustic laminated glass and Bluetooth ® wireless connectivity, the new 2006 XJ will keep Jaguar at the forefront of the premium saloon market." Bibiana Boerio, managing director, Jaguar Cars
The introduction of the 2.7 litre twin-turbo Diesel to the XJ range marks a significant development for Jaguar's flagship model. Following on from the highly successful introduction of diesel engines to the X-TYPE and S-TYPE model ranges, the new XJ 2.7 twin-turbo Diesel means Jaguar now offers a diesel alternative across its entire saloon range, ensuring that the marque can meet the increasing demand for diesel-engined cars in the European marketplace. And of course, the 3.0 V6 and three V8 petrol engines - 3.5, 4.2 and 4.2 litre supercharged - remain as impressive as ever.
The XJ already ranks as the most technologically accomplished Jaguar has ever built. It is the first production Jaguar to be constructed with a lightweight aluminium monocoque structure; a unique feature that gives the XJ significant competitive advantages over its rivals. A lighter car means faster acceleration and shorter stopping distances, as well as frugal fuel economy and range, particularly when combined with the latest fuel-efficient diesel engine. The aluminium monocoque design of the XJ offers improved stiffness and safety performance over the conventional steel body of the previous model, meaning the customer not only benefits from the weight saving associated with aluminium, but gets the added benefit of exceptional ride and handling as well as being extremely quiet and safe.
That's why the addition of the 2.7 twin-turbo Diesel to the XJ range complements the underlying package so well. Lightweight aluminium construction allied with a modern twin-turbo diesel produces dynamic performance with precise handling and exceptional refinement. Producing 207PS (152kW) EEC a diesel-powered XJ saloon will accelerate to 60mph in just 7.8 seconds, while a powerful wave of torque (435Nm) is available virtually throughout the powerband to ensure instantaneous acceleration in every gear.
Yet the efficient diesel engine and light overall weight of the car means low running costs thanks to an average fuel consumption figure of 35mpg (8.1l/100km) combined cycle. With the addition of a Catalysed Diesel Particulate Filter (CDPF), the advanced design of the V6 engine ensures it also exceeds Euro Stage IV emissions requirements.
A host of intelligent technology works in harmony with the driver and passengers to ensure perfect ride comfort on every journey. For example, electronically controlled, self-leveling air suspension is standard on all models. This automatically lowers the car at speed to provide remarkable high-speed stability and improve aerodynamic efficiency.
Jaguar's renowned Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) uses computer technology and sensor feedback to automatically adjust damper settings. The result is a unique combination of agile handling, outstanding ride comfort and excellent driver control.
Noise intrusion into the cabin is reduced to a remarkably low level with the Integrated Acoustic Damping System. This uses high acoustic absorption on the underside of the bonnet, airtight seals between the bonnet and engine compartment and a new double-skin bulkhead structure to dramatically reduce engine noise inside the cabin.
For the first time on all XJ models, acoustic laminated glass further minimises the intrusion of external noise into the cabin. The 2.7 twin-turbo Diesel XJ also sets an industry first, being the first car in its class to feature electronically controlled active engine mounts, which cancel 90% of engine vibration at idle. The result is a car that offers best-in-class refinement.
The 2006 XJ range also features a host of new features that are included as standard on all models. Subtle changes to the exterior trim of the car give it an even more contemporary feel while a range of driver aids such as the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Automatic Speed Limiter and Bluetooth ® wireless connectivity make for an even safer and more relaxed environment.
Jaguar has achieved remarkable success in the JD Power and Associates Initial Quality Study released in May in the US. Improving to second place overall, Jaguar topped the poll as the highest-ranked European nameplate. Jaguar's Halewood plant, where the X-TYPE is manufactured, also received JD Power's Gold Award for European plant performance.
"The addition of the excellent new 2.7 litre twin-turbo Diesel engine to the XJ range reinforces the fact that our 2006 models are not only the most technologically advanced cars Jaguar has ever made, they rank among the best cars produced anywhere in the world," says Joe Greenwell, Chairman and CEO, Jaguar Cars. "This is the position Jaguar now holds in the premium car market and the introduction of the new XJ 2.7 twin-turbo Diesel reinforces that stronghold."
Coinciding with the introduction of the new diesel-powered XJ are a host of additional improvements to 2006 Model Year Jaguar XJ models. Widely regarded as being the most refined premium saloon on sale today, significant advances to all new XJs will ensure that the car retains that position.
Jaguar is the first manufacturer in the premium vehicle sector to introduce acoustic laminated glass. This glass reduces wind noise and engine noise levels by up to 5 decibels above standard laminated glass. Jaguar is also the first manufacturer to feature a bonnet liner with integrated side seals which further improve noise levels in the cabin.
Similarly, the driver's airbag is now isolated from the steering wheel, which significantly reduces the level of vibration transmitted through to the driver.
As well as ensuring Jaguar customers own one of the most refined cars in the world, the addition of several new technology features to all models (dependent on market) guarantees they also own one of the safest. All XJs are fitted as standard with 19 and 20-inch wheels and - dependent on market - use Jaguar's Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) which assists the driver by highlighting an excessive loss in vehicle tyre pressure. TPMS measures the pressure in each of the tires on the vehicle and issues warnings if any of the pressures deviate to a significant level.
An Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL) feature can be used by the driver to select a maximum vehicle speed limit. This is an additional function which is incorporated into the current cruise control system. When the ASL has been set, the throttle will respond to the driver's demand until the set limit is reached. At this point, provided the throttle position is sustained, the vehicle will maintain the set speed. The ASL system can be cancelled by either switching to cruise control, applying kick-down on the accelerator pedal or by pushing the cancel button. ASL is used separately rather than together with the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system.
Source: Jaguar press