Jaguar recently announced that its XJ luxury sedan lineup will get a mid-cycle refresh. The redesign is targeted at improving its exterior looks and adding more up-to-date gadgetry. It will also be offered in more iteration. If you are looking for a lightweight luxury sedan, then this is the best as it weighs less than the trio of German competitors from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
This segment is very competitive with every automaker trying to outshine the others with their own brands of technology and performance features. It remains to be seen how the Jag’ will perform in these situations.
Actually, the redesign is meant to shake the Jaguar’s old-man nuance. The model debuted in the US in 2011 and had started to look rusty. Jaguar is planning to change this connotation by using aluminum construction and the latest technology. Read along to find out more;
2017 Jaguar XJ Exterior
Jaguar is famous for its good-looking automobiles and the XJ exterior does not disappoint either. The new model’s look is an improvement of the outgoing model.
New features include a redesigned front fascia which features a larger grille with a new mesh pattern. The bumper features a new chrome surround in the lower intakes. Flanking the grille are full adaptive LED headlights which also feature automatic high beams. The vehicle also features “Double XJ” DRLs.
The rear features LED taillights and oval-shaped exhaust tips. The body is constructed using aluminum. The model is available in both standard- and long-wheelbase configurations. Trims on the standard-wheelbase include the base XJ R-Sport, mid trims XJ R-Sport AWD and XJ Supercharged and the top XJR trim. On the other hand, trims on the long-wheelbase are the base XJL Portfolio, mid XJL Portfolio AWD, and XJL Supercharged, and the top-of-the-range XJR LWB.
To differentiate between the standard and long wheelbases, Jaguar has enhanced standard wheelbase models aerodynamics while long wheelbase models get a new interior trim with sporty or luxury orientations.
XJR models are also differentiated by a black trim package which includes a black front grille, black lower intake surrounds and black window surrounds.
2017 Jaguar XJ Interior
The XJ’s cabin is plush as expected. Standard wheelbase models get soft-grain perforated leather seats with a contrast stitching and piping. They are also embossed with Jaguar’s logo on their headrests. R-Sport models still feature 8-by-8-way power front seats with 4-way lumbar support.
The Supercharged trim get 14-by-14-way power front seats with 4-way lumbar support. These seats are also offered on the XJ R-Sport as part of the optional Comfort Package. The package also features passenger memory adjustment, front seat massages, 4-zone automatic air conditioning and a rear electric sunblind.
The XJL Portfolio and XJL Supercharged trims get quilted leather seats with a diamond pattern finish. 14-by-14-way power seats and 4-way lumbar support are standard. Heated and ventilated front and rear seats are also standard for all models.
The cabin also features the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system which derives its power from a quad-core Intel processor. The system also features 60-GB solid-state-drive and next-gen Ethernet network which provides fast access to information and route calculation.
The system features an 8.0-inch capacitive touch-screen which is customizable. There is another screen mounted on the instrument cluster for navigation. It also features a Commute Mode which offers the driver alternative routes after analyzing the driver’s daily routine. Approach mode displays a 360-degree interactive view of the car surroundings when the car is within 200 meters of the destinations. In this range, it can even pick out the nearest parking lot.
For audiophiles, there is a Meridian sourced 17-speaker, 825-watt sound stereo which is offered as standard in all trims. For more, the system can be upgraded to a Meridian Reference sound system with 26 speakers. The upgrades also feature 1,300-watts of power, 17 channels and a Trifield technology for excellent quality.
The rear of the long wheelbase XJ model features an option for two 10.2-inch HD screens. There is also device charging and connectivity for the rear passengers. This is made possible via two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. More connectivity is offered to the front passengers via the Jaguar’s InControl Apps which features a USB system that allows both Apple and Android Smartphone users to connect to the vehicle’s infotainment system. There is also a Wi-Fi hotspot with 3G connectivity for 8 devices.
The new 2017 Jaguar XJ is powered by carry-over engines from the outgoing XJ. There are three engines which comprise of a V-6 and two V-8 drive-trains. All engines feature aluminum construction, variable valve timing, direct fuel injection and a stop-start fuel-saving technology.
The base engine is a supercharged 3.0 L V-6 engine which is capable of producing 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with either an 8-speed automatic transmission system or a ZF system.
The second engine is a supercharged 5.0 l V-8 engine which produces 470 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also tuned to produce 550 hp and 680 lb-ft of torque. The engine is also paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission or a ZF system. Both engines deliver a unique soundtrack courtesy of carefully tuned intake and exhaust systems.
New 2017 Jaguar XJ during the testing
Price and release date
The 2017 Jaguar XJ will arrive in dealerships mid this year. For the standard wheelbase, you will need to spend $ 74,400 for the base XJR with RWD and $ 77,900 for the AWD, V-6. For the models with V-8 engines, you will spend $ 92,000 for the 470 hp models and $ 118,000 for the 550 hp models.
For the Long Wheelbase, a XJ Portfolio with V-6 engine and RWD starts AT $ 83,200 and $ 86,700 for XJ Portfolio AWD. A 5.0 L XJL with 470 hp attracts a $ 95,000 price tag while the XJR LWB attracts a $ 121,000 price tag.
The Jaguar XJ will face firerce rivalry from BMW 7 Series, Audi A8L and Mercedes-Benz S-Class when it comes out.
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