Jaguar XJ resets the standard for luxury, design and dynamics with a new model
July 14, 2015: The XJ, Jaguar’s all-aluminium luxury saloon, will soon come with subtle changes to the exterior design, accentuated by full LED headlights, add to the XJ’s already distinctive looks. Materials such as semi-aniline leather and rich oak inlay veneers enhance the interiors, culminating in the new Autobiography model.
Matching this traditional craftsmanship is state-of-the-art technology, including a new infotainment system. InControl Touch Pro offers features such as 1,300W Meridian digital audio and high-definition rear-seat entertainment screens.
The new XJ features a larger, more upright grille, while sculpted chrome blades in the outboard air intakes emphasise the car’s mature, prestigious character. The full LED headlights accentuate the ‘quad lamp’ design feature that Jaguar sporting sedans have made their own. The upper section of LEDs provides dipped beam and a dynamic lighting function which swivels as a function of steering wheel angle. The bottom section provides main beam and, at speeds below 25mph, a static bending light function which delivers better illumination when turning at junctions, for example. The LEDs headlights also provide a colour temperature closer to that of daylight than Bi-Xenon lamps, improving visibility and driver comfort, and are also more energy-efficient. Twin ‘J-Blade’ daytime running lights are a unique feature to XJ, befitting its status in the Jaguar saloon car range.
The rear bumper now features a gloss black valance and a slender chrome insert. New LED taillights and oval exhaust finishers complete the look. The XJ’s interior design has been taken to the next level. So luxurious has it become that the outgoing Portfolio trim is now used for the Premium Luxury model. The new Portfolio gains quilted soft-grain leather seats with diamond stitching and embossed headrests, and figured ebony veneer.
The Autobiography model, new to XJ in the 2016 model year and available only with the long-wheelbase body, can be identified by 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 tread plates, air vents and boot finisher.
The R-Sport model gains new side sills, three-piece front splitter, side power vents and a rear spoiler. The grille mesh, rear valence and the window finishers receive a gloss black finish. Wheels are 20” Venom. The interior gains sports seats, R-Sport steering wheel and treadplates, Jet headliner and piano black trim.
The new Jaguar XJ range will consist of: XJ Luxury, XJ Premium Luxury, XJ Portfolio, XJ R-Sport, XJR, XJ Autobiography.