After some major press blitzes surrounding the new entry-level XE and a refreshed XF, Jaguar is finally getting around to its flagship model the XJ. Monday, the automaker unveiled its upcoming 2016 XJ and while it didn’t go crazy with changes, Jaguar gives its flagship some exterior styling tweaks and interior tech upgrades in an effort to keep it competitive.
The main visual updates revolve around the exterior lighting, which now includes full LED headlights, new unique double ‘J-Blade signature’ daytime running lights and redesigned LED tail lights.
Most of the updates come inside. It gets a new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system that offers door-to-door navigation, seamless iOS and Android connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Sound comes via a 26-speaker, 1,300W Meridian Digital Reference audio system. Plus, there’s now a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster with a full-screen navigation display.
“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,” said Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XJ
A suite of advanced driver assistance systems include adaptive cruise control with queue-assist, reverse traffic detection, closing vehicle sensing, 360° surround camera system and semi-automated bay- and parallel parking.
Engine wise, choices now include a 3.0-liter V6 diesel which offers more power and torque while also reducing CO2 emissions by more than six percent. Electric power-assisted steering helps reduce fuel consumption and All-Surface Progress Control is designed to make driving easier on low-friction surfaces such as snow and ice.
New R-Sport and top-of-the-range Autobiography models are also joining the XJ lineup, which already included the Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio and XJR trim models.
The Autobiography model, only available with the long-wheelbase body, gets chrome front bumper air intakes and 20″ Mataiva wheels. Inside, there’s a unique Autobiography Intaglio, quilted semi-aniline leather seats with contrasting stitching, a leather headliner, rich oak inlay veneer, and illuminated stainless steel treadplates, air vents and boot finisher.
The new R-Sport model features a three-piece front splitter, deep side sills, side power vents and rear spoiler. A gloss black finish enhances the grille mesh, rear valance and, as standard in select markets, the window finishers. Wheels are 20″ Venom. The interior gains sports seats, R-Sport steering wheel and treadplates, Jet headliner and piano black trim.
The new XJ will go on sale in U.S. showrooms this Fall.
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