THE JAQUAR XJ OVERVIEW
The XJ is a full-size luxury sedan that represents a departure from Jaguar’s formerly conservative design practices. This athletic and coddling four-door gained a new supercharged V6 base engine in addition to an available all-wheel-drive system.
The new entry-level engine is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that produces 340 horsepower. Next up in the powertrain hierarchy is a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 with 385 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of twist. The second most powerful XJ engine is a supercharged variant of the 5.0-liter V8 that makes 470 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque. The special order only Supersport model is powered by a 510 horsepower, 461 lb-ft of torque version of the supercharged V8.
Fuel economy is rated at 18/27 city/highway mpg for the V6 model; adding all-wheel-drive reduces those figures to 16/24 mpg.
Jaguar’s full-size sedan is available in seven different forms – XJ, XJ AWD, XJL Portfolio, XJL Portfolio AWD, XJ/XJL Supercharged, XJ/XJL Supersport and XJL Ultimate. The XJ comes lavishly equipped with leather upholstery, a touchscreen navigation system, a 14-speaker, 380-watt AM/FM/CD stereo system with 30GB of storage space, a panoramic glass roof, bluetooth connectivity, front and rear parking aids (including a rearview camera) and 19-inch wheels. The extended-wheelbase XJL heated and cooled seats front and rear, contrast stitching, piping and embossed leaper on headrest, suedecloth premium healiner, four-zone automatic climate control and rear side sunshades. The XJ Supercharged adds the 470-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 as well as an 825-watt, 20-speaker Meridian sound system, adaptive front lights with intelligent high beam, a power rear-window sunblind.
New to the XJ lineup for the latest model year is the ultra-exclusive XJL Ultimate, which sits atop the model range with a number of exclusive extras. Featuring a range of power adjustment that includes both massaging and heating or cooling, the seats are separated by a full-length, leather-trimmed central console. Both passengers receive iPads with integrated keyboards, as well as a solid aluminum business table that is powered into position at the touch of a button.
Further, a 20-speaker Meridian audio system provides high-quality sound for all passengers, although wireless headphones are also included.
All XJ models come standard with dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems, brake assist and a blind spot monitoring system.