Jaguar’s flagship full-size, all-aluminum luxury sedan, the Jaguar XJ, becomes even more desirable in 2016 with an updated exterior design, enhanced information and entertainment systems, new available driver assistance features and greater differentiation in the model line-up.
The refreshed XJ features a new, more progressive look as the exterior of the 2016 XJ incorporates an updated front fascia that includes a larger, more upright grille with a new mesh pattern, a subtly redesigned front bumper and newly sculpted chrome blades in the lower air intakes.
Full adaptive LED headlamps with auto high beam functionality are standard across the entire 2016 XJ range. The lamp assembly incorporates an XJ-exclusive, signature “Double J” daytime running lamp that helps further distinguish the XJ at the top of the Jaguar sedan range. New LED tail lights and oval exhaust tips complete the look.
The Jaguar XJ continues to feature all-aluminum construction to reduce weight and improve performance and is offered in two wheelbases – standard and long. Expanding on the duality of character of the XJ, for 2016, the model line-up has been redefined to further differentiate standard and long wheelbase variants.
Standard wheelbase derivatives receive aerodynamic exterior enhancements together with a new R-Sport designation, emphasizing the vehicle’s sporting character, while long wheelbase versions receive new interior trim refinements which underscore the model’s luxurious characteristics.
Underscoring its dynamic on-road performance, XJR models are distinguished with a black trim package that includes the addition of a black front grille, black lower air intake surrounds and black window surrounds.
Inside, standard wheelbase XJ models feature soft grain perforated leather seats with contrast stitching, contrast piping and an embossed leaper on the headrests. XJ R-Sport models retain the previous model year’s 8×8-way power front seats plus 4-way lumbar adjustments, while XJ Supercharged models are fitted with 14×14-way power seats that include 4-way lumbar support, allowing drivers to tailor the seating position and comfort to their own liking. The 14×14-way seats will also be available on XJ R-Sport models as part of the Comfort Pack that bundles the increased adjustment features with front seat massagers, passenger memory, 4-zone airconditioning and an electric rear sunblind.
XJL Portfolio and XJL Supercharged are further distinguished with the introduction of quilted seating surfaces finished with a diamond sewn pattern on the seat center and cushion. The 14×14-way power seats with 4-way lumbar adjustments are standard.
The 2016 XJ model line-up consists of the standard wheelbase XJ R-Sport, XJ R-Sport AWD, XJ Supercharged and the XJR. Long wheelbase models include the XJL Portfolio, XJL Portfolio AWD, XJL Supercharged and XJR LWB.
The new XJ offers the familiar Jaguar range of all-aluminum V6 and V8 engines. Each featuring direct injection, variable valve timing, forced induction and intelligent stop-start systems that deliver high performance with enhanced efficiency.
The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 develops 340 hp and 332 pound-feet of torque and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Characterized by its linear power delivery and free-revving nature, this engine also delivers a unique soundtrack, thanks to meticulously-tuned intake and exhaust systems.
The 5.0-liter supercharged V8 continues to be offered in 470 hp and 550 hp variants, delivering all of the performance promised by the dramatic styling of the XJ.
All powertrains feature a specifically-optimized eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF. Each has been developed to provide the perfect balance of unrivalled performance, shift comfort, dynamics and efficiency.
Infotainment and connectivity
For 2016, the XJ is equipped with InControl Touch Pro, an all-new infotainment system designed to be simple and intuitive. Conceived in-house and built around a quad-core Intel processor, 60GB solid-state drive and a next-generation Ethernet network, InControl Touch Pro can handle large amounts of data and is exceptionally powerful and responsive.
The centerpiece of the system is its eight-inch capacitive touch-screen that works more like a modern smart phone, than an automotive infotainment system. The home screen can be customized selecting one of several available wallpaper images, widgets offer shortcuts to favorite features and functions, and additional home pages can be added, if desired.
The touch-screen responds to common “pinch to zoom” and “swipe” gestures allowing drivers to scroll between home screens. Using this technology, the simple, intuitive user interface of the InControl Touch Pro system is designed to minimize driver distraction. Jaguar also incorporated a secondary full-screen navigational display in the vehicle’s updated instrument cluster, improving line of sight driving and reducing the amount of time a driver needs to take his eyes off the road.
Advanced driver assistance systems
The new XJ is the latest Jaguar to benefit from the brand’s new All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC) technology. Designed to help drivers pull away smoothly on very low friction surfaces, ASPC is a unique system that can make it easier to drive a powerful car, whether rear- or all-wheel drive, at low speeds on snow, ice, wet grass or other low traction environments.
ASPC works like a low-speed cruise control and operates between 2.2 miles per hour and 19 mph (3.6 kilometers per hour and 30 kph). The system is activated by pressing a button on the center console, in conjunction with the cruise control switches on the steering wheel to set the maximum speed. Once set, ASPC controls the throttle and brakes, all the driver has to do is to steer.
The new queue assist function for the adaptive cruise control system has been designed to reduce the effort and monotony of driving in heavy traffic. Using a long-range radar sensor, the system can now maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, modulating throttle and braking duties, all the way down to a standstill.
Building on the benefits of blind spot monitoring, the Closing Vehicle Sensing system uses radar sensors to alert the driver to the presence of vehicles approaching fast from behind when changing lanes by displaying a flashing icon in the corner of the side mirrors.
The adoption of EPAS in rear-wheel drive vehicles enables the new XJ to provide semi-autonomous park-assist functions for both perpendicular and parallel parking. Ultrasonic sensors measure the space first and, if it’s large enough, the system helps maneuver the car into position. And in the case of parallel parking, out again. The driver just controls the accelerator and brakes.
The radar sensors equipped on the XJ can also help alert the driver of potential hazards when reversing. If the system senses a vehicle approaching from either side while the XJ is in reverse, the driver is given audible and visual warnings.