Jaguar’s all-aluminium XJ flagship saloon has received a mid-life update, with subtle changes to its exterior and interior, a new electric power steering, as well as new features.
The new Jaguar XJ features a larger, more upright grille, flanked by full LED headlights. Sculpted chrome blades in the outboard air intakes further emphasise the car’s mature, prestigious character.
Unique to the XJ are the twin ‘J-Blade’ daytime running lights. 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. New LED taillights and oval exhaust finishers complete the look.
Inside, new updates include a new infotainment system and a 1300W Meridian digital reference audio.
Just like smartphones, the infotainment touchscreen accepts ‘pinch to zoom’ gestures or swipes to scroll between screens. InControl Touch Pro also delivers a full-screen navigation display in the new XJ’s reconfigurable full TFT instrument cluster.
An improved 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine is the highlight of the new XJ’s drivetrain updates. The engine develops 220kW and an extraordinary 700Nm of torque, capable of propelling the XJ from rest to 100kph in just 6.2 seconds. Smoother and quieter than ever, this power unit gains even more sophisticated common rail and turbocharging systems.
The new XJ also offers the familiar range of all-aluminium V6 and V8 petrol engines. All feature direct injection, variable valve timing, forced induction and fuel-saving stop-start systems.
The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 develops 250kW/450Nm and is available in rear -wheel drive. The top engine option remains the 5.0-litre supercharged V8, offered in 375kW/625Nm or 404kW/680Nm ratings.
All powertrains feature a specifically-optimised eight-speed automatic from ZF.
“More dynamic and distinctive than ever, we’ve engineered our flagship saloon to deliver even greater levels of luxury and performance,” said Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director at Jaguar.
“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.”
The new Jaguar XJ will arrive in Australia in early 2016 priced from $199,900 plus on-roads.