Jaguar has announced a range of enhancements to its XJ luxury sports sedan. The 2018 model year updates include the introduction of the XJR575 performance flagship model, a host of technology upgrades and the addition of the latest intelligent safety features.
The new XJR575 is the most dynamic derivative in the line-up and delivers 423kW and 700Nm of torque for effortless acceleration and refinement. The 18kW uplift in power is delivered by Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine and powers the luxury sports sedan from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds and to a top speed of 300km/h.
Tailor-made exterior details include a rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes featuring Gloss Black surrounds. Updated XJR575 exterior badging and twin bonnet louvres mark the vehicle out from the rest of the range while 20-inch Farallon gloss-black wheels with red painted brake callipers are the final dynamic flourish.
Inside the XJR575 features bespoke embossed tread plates, 575 intaglio and diamond-quilted seating available in Jet/Jet and Ivory/Jet colour options and finished with additional 575 branding.
For 2018MY the XJ features a number of technology upgrades which enhance connectivity with 4G Wi-Fi capability, allowing occupants to stay online on the move with as many as eight devices.
In addition, the central console now features a larger 10-inch touchscreen. As well as giving customers greater clarity, the bigger screen functions like a smartphone allowing occupants to pinch and zoom when using satellite navigation and create custom homepages for shortcuts to favoured features.
Jaguar’s sedan car line-up promises strong safety credentials and the 2018MY XJ features the latest intelligent safety technologies. Forward Traffic Detection is designed to assist drivers when forward visibility is restricted, for example when pulling out of blind junctions.
The XJ is the pinnacle of Jaguar’s sedan car line-up. The luxury sports sedan delivers an unrivalled combination of Jaguar design and driving dynamics along with the ultimate in luxury refinement for drivers and passengers.
The authoritative yet elegant design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture. Its low-slung coupe-like stance, precise lines and carefully judged proportions ensure it is instantly recognisable as a Jaguar from any angle.
Inside, customers experience a perfect combination of intricate handmade details and beautifully crafted materials such as semi-aniline leather and inlay veneers alongside advanced technology. Rear occupants benefit from over a metre of legroom in long wheelbase models.
For 2018MY a new XJR575 performance flagship is available, with a number of unique exterior and interior design cues including two unique paint colours created by Special Vehicle Operations. Meanwhile, a distinctive 575 intaglio and diamond-quilted seating finished with additional 575 branding set the interior apart.
“The Jaguar XJ is the largest model in our sedan car line-up and retains the physical presence and graceful design customers expect from a Jaguar flagship,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar. “Anyone who sees this car immediately knows it is both great to drive and to sit in. The intricate details inside and out give owners and passengers the feeling that they are in the presence of something truly special.”
Creating a dynamic and refined driving experience has always been key to the Jaguar XJ’s appeal. Advanced Adaptive Dynamics dampers adjust to suit the conditions and driving style by monitoring the car up to 500 times a second. Analysing acceleration, cornering, throttle and brake pedal activity, and working alongside the air suspension system, the intelligent set-up improves body control in dynamic driving without compromising ride comfort.
The XJR575 features a unique version of Jaguar’s legendary 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. Delivering 423kW and 700Nm of torque, the engine powers the car from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 300km/h. The 18kW power increase is the result of enhanced engine calibration.
Jaguar’s leadership in steering feel and vehicle dynamics is enhanced by the application of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) for rear-wheel-drive models. This set-up also underpins a range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) including Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor and bay and parallel Park Assist.
The vehicle’s ability is outstanding in rear-wheel-drive form with All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC) coming into its own in low-grip conditions. Developed for low-speed driving in adverse conditions, ASPC automatically manages the brakes and throttle to deliver the best possible traction, ensuring the vehicle is able to pull away smoothly and without drama: all the driver has to do is steer. ASPC is fitted to all automatic models and operates between 3.6km/h and 30km/h with the driver using the cruise control switches to select and maintain the desired speed.
“Our flagship sedan is more dynamic and distinctive than ever. We've engineered the XJ to deliver even greater levels of luxury and performance,” said Erol Mustafa, Chief Product Engineer, Jaguar XJ. “Featuring our world-class Touch Pro infotainment system, luxurious interior materials and finishes which create an even more bespoke feel, and our powerful petrol and diesel engines, the XJ rewards drivers and passengers like no other luxury car.”
Matching the tradition and craftsmanship of the Jaguar XJ is a raft of state-of-the-art technology, including the seamless and intuitive Touch Pro infotainment system. The intuitive technology provides features such as door-to-door navigation, 4G Wi-Fi and a 1,300W Meridian Reference audio system. This can all be accessed through the 10-inch central touchscreen with smartphone-like usability for greater ease-of-use.
Touch Pro features a high-performance quad-core processor and runs on state-of-the-art, ultra-fast Ethernet, and a network technology that offers exceptional data transfer rates. Combined, they deliver incredible graphics and fast response times.
The latest in stereo camera technology enables a number of intelligent safety features such as Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist systems. Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist takes the stress out of motorway driving in stop-go traffic by tracking the vehicle in front, at a safe distance.
The 2018MY XJ range consists of the XJ Luxury, XJ Premium Luxury, XJ Portfolio, XJ R-Sport, XJR575, and XJ Autobiography
The powertrain range consists of a 221kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel automatic as well as a 250kW 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol automatic, 375kW 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol automatic, and 423kW 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol automatic.
Sitting at the pinnacle of Jaguar’s sedan car range, the XJ’s commanding and sophisticated design represents the ultimate opulent luxury and sporting vehicle dynamics.
“The Jaguar XJ has a number of roles to fulfil. It must remain exciting to drive but also be incredibly compliant and comfortable,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar. “This all starts with the way the vehicle looks. Our advanced Lightweight Aluminium Architecture means we are able to create a vehicle that has an authoritative yet elegant stance. Inside, absolute precision is a prerequisite – exceptional craftsmanship ensures all occupants experience the feeling of ultimate luxury and refinement.”
The Jaguar XJ’s dynamic shape is the result of exhaustive computational modelling in which designers and engineers have worked side-by-side to ensure that aesthetics and aerodynamics work in harmony.
Space, Luxury and Refinement
The cabin of the XJ blends elegant, contemporary design with the comfort, luxury and unmistakable sporting style of a Jaguar. The exceptional crafted feeling that is now synonymous with Jaguar, and the XJ in particular, is evident throughout. Handcrafted veneer runs around the cabin, emphasising the sense of space, while the layered instrument panel, complete with Jaguar signature ‘Riva Hoop’, continues into the door panel, creating a unique atmosphere. Jaguar’s sporting character is visible in the controls and architecture surrounding the driver, with a finely crafted leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel providing a rewardingly tactile touch point.
Performance, refinement and efficiency: the 3.0-litre V6 diesel features a host of advanced technologies designed to boost output and reduce emissions. The XJ’s sense of effortless performance is maintained by the latest-generation of Jaguar’s V6 diesel. Smoother and quieter than ever, this powertrain features sophisticated common rail injection and turbocharging systems, delivering power and torque of 221kW and 700Nm respectively. The torque provides exceptional responsiveness and CO2 emissions from 184g/km.
Eight-hole piezo injectors deliver fuel into the combustion chambers with precision and control, while maximum injection pressure of 2,000bar ensures even better mixture formation. All of this leads to excellent fuel consumption of 7.0l/100km).
The innovative parallel-sequential turbo system features more aerodynamically-efficient turbochargers, while the primary turbo features highly-advanced ceramic ball bearing technology: the reduced friction means superior launch performance and transient response as torque builds up even more rapidly than before.
Powerful, Refined and Efficient
The XJ also offers the familiar range of all-aluminium V6 and V8 petrol engines. he 3.0-litre supercharged V6 develops 250kW/450Nm. Characterised by its linear power delivery and free-revving nature, this remarkable engine also produces a unique soundtrack thanks to meticulously tuned intake and exhaust systems.
The flagship engine option remains Jaguar’s iconic the 5.0-litre supercharged V8. For 2018MY this engine produces 423kW and 700Nm of torque in the new XJR575 performance flagship, enough for a 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 300km/h. This engine is also available in 375kW/625Nm configurations, to deliver all of the performance promised by the XJ’s dynamic design.
Eight-speed Automatic Transmissions
All powertrains feature a specifically optimised eight-speed automatic ZF transmission. Each has been developed to provide the perfect balance of unrivalled launch performance, shift comfort, dynamics and efficiency.
The use of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) improves responsiveness and driver feedback, enhancing the XJ’s position as the most dynamic luxury sedan in the world. Jaguar cars set the benchmark for steering feel in every segment. The XJ is no exception and the latest generation benefits from the use of electric power assistance for the steering system.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Door-to-door navigation, 4G Wi-Fi, seamless smartphone connectivity and Meridian digital audio systems take the XJ’s infotainment to the next level.
Full Widescreen Experience
To further enhance the XJ’s luxurious row-two experience, customers will be able to specify a rear seat entertainment system. Comprising two 10.2-inch high-definition screens, which fold away when not in use, these displays offer a true 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. When digital TV is also specified, a different channel can be shown on each screen in the vehicle.
Ensuring that occupants are always connected is key to the Jaguar XJ. Using the vehicle’s antenna for the strongest, most reliable signal, the XJ can function as a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing a connection for up to eight devices.
Remote Essentials, enables customers to connect with the XJ using their smartphone, so they can check how much fuel is in the tank, whether the doors are locked and if the windows have been left open. Remote Premium, also accessed using the InControl Remote app, does even more, enabling the driver to remotely lock or unlock the car and receive alerts if the alarm goes off. Should the driver forget where the car is parked there’s a map to lead them straight to it.
Protect will automatically notify the emergency services and provide the vehicle’s GPS location should the car be involved in a collision severe enough to trigger the airbags. Occupants can also trigger an emergency call manually simply by pressing a button.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
The XJ can improve traction in difficult conditions, take the effort out of stop-start traffic and parking in tight spaces and mitigate against collisions, making the driving experience even more relaxing, enjoyable and safe.
The 2018MY XJ benefits from the introduction of Jaguar Land Rover’s advance stereo camera technology, which underpins an extended range of safety features. The exceptionally accurate and robust sensors ensure that the driver can feel confident in all driving scenarios.
This state-of-the-art sensor, packaged in front of the rear-view mirror, generates a real-time view of the road and objects ahead. The information is interpreted by highly sophisticated image processing software and the output used by a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems.
The stereo camera enables the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) technologies. By monitoring the vehicle’s position relative to lane markings either side, LDW can prevent unintentional lane drift by triggering a visual warning in the instrument panel and a haptic warning through the steering wheel.
Blind Spot Monitoring
Blind Spot Monitoring 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 door mirror.
Parking made simpler and safer
The use of electric power-assisted steering enables semi-autonomous park-assist functions for both bay and parallel parking. Ultrasonic sensors measure the space first and the system steers the vehicle into position – and, in the case of parallel parking, out again. The driver just controls the accelerator, brakes and transmission
At a Glance:
- Performance flagship XJR575 delivers 423kW and 700Nm for seamless acceleration from its supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine
- XJR575 joins the line-up alongside XJ Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio, R-Sport and top-of-the-range Autobiography
- Bold exterior design includes full LED headlights and unique double ‘J-Blade signature’ daytime running lights
- Powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine delivers 221kW/700Nm with CO2 emissions as low as 184g/km
- Touch Pro infotainment offers door-to-door navigation, seamless iOS and Android connectivity
- 10-inch central touchscreen features high-quality graphics and intuitive user interface
- Reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster offers full-screen navigation
- All-Surface Progress Control enhances traction on low-friction surfaces such as snow and ice – all the driver has to do is steer
- Black Pack options for subtly enhanced exterior styling
- Suite of advanced Driver Assistance systems including, Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, Reverse Traffic Detection, Blind Spot Monitoring, 360-degree Surround Camera System and semi-automated bay- and parallel-parking
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