The 2016 Jaguar XJ has just been unveiled and as expected, the British company made several improvements on its flagship sedan. First of all, we see new full LED headlights featuring the ‘J-Blade signature’ daytime running lights, LED rear lights featuring a new J-signature tail and position light graphic, a rear bumper with gloss black valance and slender chrome insert as well as oval exhaust finishers.
The interior was taken to a new level and the outgoing Portfolio trim is now used for the Premium Luxury model. According to the press release, the Portfolio trim gets quilted soft-grain leather seats with diamond stitching embossed headrests, and figured ebony veneer. Also new for 2016MY is the Autobiography model, which is available only with the long-wheelbase body.
The new model can be easily distinguished thanks to the chrome front bumper air intakes, 20-inch Mataiva wheels (Maroa in the UK), while the interior features the unique Autobiography Intaglio, quilted semi-aniline leather seats with contrasting stitching, a leather headliner, rich oak inlay veneer, as well as illuminated stainless steel treadplates, air vents and boot finisher.
The 2016 Jaguar XJ R-Sport model gets a three-piece front splitter, deep side sills, side power vents and a rear spoiler. The grille mesh, rear valance and window finishers (offered as standard in select markets) are offered in gloss black. Inside, there are stylish sports seats, R-Sport steering wheel and treadplates, Jet headliner and piano black trim.
Jaguar says that the new XJ will be available with the all-aluminum inline-four, V6 and V6 petrol engines, featuring direct injection, variable valve timing, forced induction and intelligent stop-start systems. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine generates 240 PS and 340 Nm of torque and thanks to the low-inertia turbocharger it is able to match the driveability of larger naturally-aspirated engines.
The bigger 3.0-liter supercharged V6 produces 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque and is available with rear- and all-wheel drive. The top-of-the-line 5.0-liter V8 is offered with 470 PS/575 Nm, 510 PS/625 Nm and 550 PS/680 Nm ratings. Diesel fans will be happy to know that the 3.0-liter V6 engine was uprated from 275 PS/600 Nm to 300 hp and 700 Nm of torque, in order to push the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.9 seconds.
All engines are offered with the 8-speed automatic transmission developed by ZF. Still, Jaguar offers the 8HP70 transmission as well as the lighter, more compact 8HP45. When it comes to infotainment, there is a new InControl Touch Pro premium system featuring a quad-core Intel processor, 60 GB SSD and a next-gen Ethernet network.
For those who are looking for the best sound, the Meridian Reference system is the perfect choice and you will get an outstanding 26-speaker, 1,300W sound system just for your years.
Meanwhile, rear passengers can get two 10.2-inch high-definition screens which fold away when not in use. If you also want a digital TV, a different channel can be shown on each screen and an additional 100 GB of user media storage will be provided. [source: Jaguar]