All-aluminum luxury sedan gets fresher look and new tech.
As Jaguar's flagship sedan, the XJ has seen few changes since its debut at the beginning of this decade. But now, the company has given the sedan its largest overhaul yet, bestowing the 2016 model year with a cosmetic refresh, upgraded power and a load of new technology. It begins on the exterior, which has gained full LED headlamps, "Double J" LED DRLs and new exhaust tips. The grille has also been updated to a more upright position, and sculpted chrome blades have been added to the lower intakes in the redesigned front bumper.
The XJ's engines remain familiar, with an offering of all-aluminum V6 and V8s. The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 will deliver 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and arrives in either rear- or all-wheel-drive. The 5.0-liter supercharged V8s will continue to deliver two variants making 470 and 550 horsepower. All powertrains are linked to an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission. The new XJ now boasts an enhanced infotainment system and an optional driver assistance system. The 8-inch touchscreen, which was already introduced in the XF and XE, includes new zooming features and optional WI-FI. XJL Supercharged and XJL Portfolio models also get quilted, diamond patterned leather seating surfaces.
On all models, the instrument cluster can be customized more than before, allowing drivers to display navigation maps and directions in line of sight. The XJ now features Jaguar's new 'All-Surface Progress Control' technology, a traction control system that functions automatically on slick surfaces like snow and ice. Additional aids include adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control with Queue Assist (which functions all the way down to standstill traffic), closing vehicle sensing, park assist and lane change warning.