Jaguar XJ

From Jaguar press: The original XJ was the last car designed by Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons and the latest car to wear the nameplate is as innovative, beautiful and desirable as its famous forebear.

The standard full-length panoramic glass roof that floods the cabin with natural light allows the XJ to offer an unrivalled sense of spaciousness and occasion for driver and passengers and at the same time retain the sleek coupe-like profile and lithe stance for which Jaguar cars are famous.

The groundbreaking styling is matched by innovative construction techniques. The lightweight aluminum structure – 50 percent of which is made from recycled materials – offers reduced weight and improved efficiency. In conjunction with a full lifecycle approach to design and manufacture, this allows the XJ to minimize its carbon footprint.

The weight saved by the use of aluminum also has benefits for performance and agility and is complemented by the most advanced, powerful and efficient Jaguar powertrains ever. All engines are coupled to a shift-by-wire, six-speed automatic transmission controlled by the JaguarDrive Selector and steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The cabin of the XJ blends elegant, contemporary design with the comfort, luxury and unmistakable sporting style of a Jaguar. Chrome and piano black detailing provides contrast to the beautifully-crafted leather and wood veneer surfaces. A long-wheelbase model is available, for increased rear seat legroom.

Jaguar’s interior designers have created an environment more akin to a modern living space than a car cabin. Large 12.3-inch high-definition virtual instruments complement an innovative 8-inch Touch-screen.

Subtle enhancements to the cabin are now available for the 2012 Jaguar XJ range. A new Rear Comfort Pack on the XJL Supersport offers seats that now feature electric adjustment of the backrest recline angle, four-way lumbar support and a massage function. The Pack also includes new winged headrests, footrests and the ability for the front passenger seat to be stowed forward when unoccupied to increase rear seat room.

On the long-wheelbase XJL Portfolio model, a new ‘Executive Pack’ transforms the rear of the XJL into a high-speed mobile office space with the provision of fold-down business trays and an electric rear sunblind for increased privacy. The package also includes upgraded carpeting, combination wood and leather heated steering wheel, gloss wood veneer choices and chrome mirror housings.

Jaguar has always listened closely to customer feedback, and, in the case of the XJ, this has led to a new interior color combination. Available with the Portfolio trim level, the Jet/Ivory option features ivory seating with contrast jet stitching, piping and upper surfaces, while the headlining is available in either Jet or Ivory Suedecloth, according to customer preference.

All XJ variants are now available with an Illumination Package derived from that offered as standard on the Supersport model. This Package comprises illuminated sill plates, trunk latch and front and rear air vents.

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