Jaguar USA took theXJ luxury sedan to one of the coldest towns on Earth: Yukon, Canada. Along with the dangerously low temperatures, this territory also has some of the planet’s most treacherous roads. In this town, temperatures plummeted to an incredible -32° F, so you can only imagine the driving conditions here. However, for the XJ these conditions were quite easy to handle, and Jag highlighted the entire trip in the above video.
As a reminder, the XJ is offered with four powerful and refined engines, with power ranging from 275 horsepower in the 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel engine and up to 470 horsepower in the 5.0-liter, V-8 gas engine. Prices range from $76,700 in the base version, but it can go up to $112,600 in the Supersport version.
Check out this video to see how the Jaguar XJ handles its 2,000-mile round trip journey to the coldest city on Earth.
The current-generation Jaguar XJ was unveiled in 2011 and since then, Jaguar hasn’t updated the sedan. This is all about to change very soon, as for the 2014 model year, Jag is planning a small revision for the XJ.
Our spy photographers managed to catch the first prototype 2015 XJ out for a testing session in the UK , and as you can see, it will feature only minor updates on the front and rear.
As you can see, only the front and the rear of the revised XJ are camouflaged, meaning that we will see a new front and rear bumper, plus a smaller grille. Rumors suggest that we will see a few updates on the inside and some minor changes under the hood, which will decrease fuel consumption.
We expect the revised Jaguar XJ to be unveiled sometime in early 2014, with Jaguar putting it on sale later that year.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jaguar XJ.
The 2014 XJ sedan finally achieves all the potential of this iconic luxury brand with long-wheelbase, all-wheel-drive or even supercharged versions that match buyer priorities and also Jaguar ’s inherent sportiness.
The previous XJ sedans have all been brilliant at one or two of the executive limo buyer’s checklist areas, including style and interior panache. At different times, the previous XJR was hilariously fast and full of roaring character. But never has the XJ offered buyers such a wide swath of excellence in body styles, technology, style and performance.
The XJ really snapped to attention on the sales charts with the 2013 inclusion of a new 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 and AWD grip near the base $74,000 configuration. This not only catapults the XJ into consideration for Audi and Lexus buyers, but it also improves the previous standard V-8’s mileage stats.
So like a chorus or an orchestra, all the instruments in the Jaguar symphony finally seem to be playing the same some. And it is a catchy tune with the XJ’s beautiful nose and subtle styling that is a perfect match for the ultra-limo segment’s discerning buyers.
A brief sample of the 2014 XJ L 3.0 AWD was enough to take in its liquid curves, attractive nose detailing, and a cabin so full of leather that it smells like the inside of a Burberry purse.
Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Jaguar XJ L 3.0 AWD, including photos of the huge back seat and details about the entire XJ lineup.
A luxury limousine needs no explanation. For many buyers, is the only type of car on the market they will consider. Transporting themselves, family members and business colleagues in comfort and luxury is the name of the game.
It is much more than comfort for these affluent clients, or we would see American businessmen lapping up the Chevy Impala or Toyota Avalon like they do stock options in a venture capital-backed, start-up company.
No, for these buyers - it is either a professionally-driven car service or it must be the something extremely luxurious and "on brand." In other words, something these fancy folks think matches their lifestyle, clothing, accessories, vacation spots and what-have-you.
So, let’s talk big. A back seat so roomy that you can read the full newspaper and cross your legs. For that, it will take the size of the Audi A7 at minimum, and up to the Rolls-Royce Ghost LWB at maximum.
Click Pass the jump for the full list of the Top-Ten Luxury Sedans.
It’s not everyday that everyday that we hear about Dick Van Dyke; actually, it’s been a mighty long time since we’ve heard anything about him. Well today is just one of those days where he so happens to make our front page, as his Jaguar XJ burned to a crisp.
According to the report from TMZ and an interview with Van Dyke, he was cruising down the 101 in Calabasas, California when he heard a noise coming from his fairly new Jaguar XJ . Thinking he had gotten a flat tire, he pulled off to the side of the road. Once on the side of the road, he saw smoke starting to come from the car and he tried "calling the DMV" — we don’t know what the DMV does about smoke coming from a car, must be a California thing...
Fortunately for the actor, an off-duty rescue worker was in the area and pulled Van Dyke from the car just before it burst into flames. A video (above) actually shows the flaming Jag and then about three-quarters of the way through the video, the car explodes into an even larger fireball.
Fortunately, no one was injured and Van Dyke seemed in good spirits when TMZ interviewed him. His car, on the other hand, is pretty well thrashed. This is not the first Jag that has turned into kitty-cat flambe lately, as an F-Type burned up earlier this month in Belgium. Hopefully this is not a trend for Jaguar, as it has worked hard to rebuild its tattered image from the Ford days...
Check out Van Dyke’s impromptu interview with TMZ after the jump
Jaguar will be pretty busy in the upcoming four years, as it plans to unveil six new models by 2017. The first to arrive will, of course, be the F-Type Coupe . We expect Jaguar to unveiled it sometime next year and rumors suggest that it will be significantly cheaper than the F-Type Roadster version. Additionally, the F-Type Coupe will be stiffer and lighter than the roadster version, and it may get significant hardware changes.
In 2015 Jaguar launch the new Q-Type, which will take aim at the BMW 3 Series . The new Q-Type will be built on the compact PLA platform and will be made entirely from aluminum. The Q-Type will come in around about £28,000 (about $43k at the current exchange rates).
2016 will be the busiest year with no less than three models set to be unveiled. The first will be the XQ crossover that will target models like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 . The XQ, like the Q-Type, will sit atop the PLA aluminum platform and will feature an all-aluminum construction. The new crossover will carry a base price around £31,000 (about $48k).
Also in 2016, we will see the new-generation XJ and XK lines. Both models will be built on modified versions of the new PLA aluminum platform.
The last model that Jag has scheduled is the new-generation XF sedan. The XF will also sit on the PLA platform and Jaguar will offer it with its new line of four-cylinder engines.
Click past the jump to read more about the only model that we have some concrete details on: the upcoming Jaguar F-Type Coupe.
Jaguar is preparing to expand its "R" performance lineup with the addition of a new XJR high-performance sedan that made its global debut at the 2013 New York International Automobile Show. The new XJR will go on sale later this summer.
When compared to thestandard XJ , the new R version adds a more aggressive exterior look, with a new new front bumper, aerodynamic side skirts and a trunk-mounted spoiler. For the interior Jaguar will add numerous R elements, like sports seats, R badges and specially designed jet leather.
Other updates include an updated suspension, an electronic rear differential and a recalibrated Dynamic Stability Control system. All these updates were required in order to provide the best driving dynamics on both road and track-focused driving.
Updated 03/26/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Hit the jump to learn more about the 2014 Jaguar XJR.
Do you remember the old Jaguar XJ220 ? Well, of course you do, after all it was the most amazing supercar ever unveiled by Jaguar! To be completely honest with you, we cannot remember many tuners that have dared to touch the XJ220 , until today. This interesting decision has been made by the Bulgarian tuner Overdrive AD, which decided to give the supercar a more modern appearance.
The car has been finished in a chameleon paint featuring a combination of green, brown and gold. The tuner also installed a new Akrapovic exhaust system with carbon-fiber tail pipes and custom-made LED headlights. The most interesting addition however is a new set of LED taillights borrowed from a Ferrari 599.
For the interior, the tuner added carbon-fiber trim, leather and Alcantara upholstery, a Ground Zero sound system and a McIntosh player. And because a tuning kit can’t be completed without a set of wheels, the tuner also installed a new set of ADV.1 wheels sized 19-by-9 inches up front and 20-by-14 inches at the rear.
Known more for their affinity for producing top-end luxury cars, Jaguar is stepping out of its comfort zone and is determined to show everyone that its resident luxury car, the XJ all-wheel drive , is a lot tougher than it’s given credit for.
So what exactly did Jaguar do? It went to one of the toughest locations in the world, or more specifically, the coldest city in the world. Embarking on an impressive 2,000-mile round-trip journey into the Arctic Circle, the British automaker took a pair of XJ all-wheel drive models to see how the luxury sedan can handle being subjected to a place with temperatures as low as -56 degrees F.
Ultimately, the pair of XJ all-wheel drive models succeeded in their 2,000-mile journey, proving that not only can the luxury sedan handle the almost inhumane weather conditions, it can take care of all that snow, ice, gravel, and frozen mud pretty handily.
Guess it’s ready to plow its craft in North America, right?
Like the actual jaguars that rely on four legs to mobilize, automaker Jaguar has introduced all-wheel-drive versions of their XJ and XF models in selected markets, alongside stars Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan, and figure skater Johnny Weir. The ironic thing is that the UK - Jaguar’s homeland - isn’t expected to be one of these markets as strong competition from other automakers has limited the company from increasing its 5% share of the luxury saloon market.
In any case, the XJ and XF models will retain all of their technical specs with the exception of some significant changes to the drive system, which will now use an all-wheel-drive system that will split torque equally between the front and rear wheels. Most of its power, though, will still be directed to the rear wheels in standard conditions in order to maximize the car’s overall efficiency.
In addition, the ’AWD’-badged XJ and XF models will also get the treat of receiving the company’s new 3.0-liter supercharged engine with 335 horsepower on tap and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine, according to Jaguar, will see an increase in efficiency - about 5% - from the current 5.0-liter V8s that are fitted into the current model. The more efficient powertrain will also see an improved mileage of 29 miles to the gallon. Finally, the car’s suspension set-up will also be tinkered with in order to retain the same driving feel as that of its rear-wheel-drive counterparts.
With the UK out of the question, Jaguar is looking at other markets to bring the ’AWD’ XF and XJ models, including North America, Russia, China and Continental Europe.