Jaguar’s award-winning XJ range retains its status as the most beautiful and value-for-money collection of luxury saloons on sale today thanks to a host of updates and additional features for the new 2007 Model Year.
To complement the XJ range’s graceful looks, Jaguar’s design team have created a distinct palette of new exterior colours and interior trim options to ensure increased choice for customers. The 400bhp (DIN) 4.2-litre supercharged XJR model now comes with a 20-inch Cremona alloy wheel as standard (19-inch Sabre for North America and Germany), while the stunning 20-inch Callisto wheel is available as an option across the range.
Furthermore, 19-inch alloy wheels are offered as standard on all XJ models (outside North America), sending a powerful visual statement to match the power and performance of the XJ range’s four acclaimed non-supercharged engines – a 2.7-litre twin-turbo diesel, 3.0 petrol V6, and 3.5 and 4.2-litre petrol V8s.
Inside the 2007 Model Year XJ a new range of trim and veneer options create a luxurious yet contemporary feel, while a series of state-of-the-art, user-friendly, optional technology systems such as a rear-seat entertainment system or satellite-based anti-theft device make the new XJ as advanced as it is beautiful.
“The aluminium XJ is an agile luxury car that is beautifully crafted, exceptionally well built and a joy to live with,” commented Dermot Harkin, Jaguar XJ Brand Manager. “The new 2007 Model Year XJ is even more attractive to our customers thanks to higher levels of standard specification and a greater choice of interior finishes.”
The XJ range’s 2007 Model Year updates reinforce the much-admired quality of the car’s advanced engineering. The first of Jaguar’s current model range to be constructed with a lightweight aluminium monocoque structure, every XJ enjoys significant performance advantages over its rivals thanks to its stiff yet ultra-light body.
Weighing as little as 1539kg (in 3.0-litre V6 specification), the XJ accelerates faster and stops more quickly than an equivalent steel-bodied car. It also boasts excellent fuel economy and range – the diesel-powered 2.7-litre twin-turbo, for example, returns 35.0mpg (8.1 litres/100km) on the combined cycle.
The aluminium monocoque design of the XJ also translates into improved comfort and handling. The XJ’s body is 60 percent stiffer than its steel-bodied predecessor, therefore ensuring the XJ’s self-levelling air suspension (which comes with enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension as standard) can easily counteract body movement and vibration on poor road surfaces.
Consequently, customers not only benefit from the weight savings associated with aluminium, but get the added bonus of exceptional ride, handling and comfort in a car that is extremely quiet and relaxed.
Passive safety measures are equally impressive. The energy-absorbing advanced body structure and Jaguar’s A.R.T.S. safety restraint system have been designed to meet the world’s most stringent safety standards. To optimise protection, the renowned Advanced Restraint Technology System senses the severity of a crash, the position of the driver and the usage of the seatbelts to provide tailored protection. The occupancy sensing system uses ultrasonic technology combined with a seat weight sensor to detect the presence, position and size of a front seat passenger. A.R.T.S. uses this information to determine the airbag energy levels most appropriate to the individual occupants during a frontal crash. This is combined with the standard side thorax and full-length side curtain airbag protection utilised in the event of a side impact.
NEW EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR TRIM CHANGES
As well as offering an extensive collection of new alloy wheels across the XJ range, Jaguar’s design team has made subtle changes to the exterior of all non-supercharged XJs. All 2007 Model Year cars now feature the distinctive mesh radiator grille, previously only seen on Jaguar’s most powerful cars, as standard. These exterior trim changes follow on from the removal of the front and rear windscreen finishers and body side mouldings in 2006.
Four new exterior colours have also been added to the XJ palette. Customers will be able to specify Porcelain, Lunar Grey, Blue Prism and Frost Blue in addition to 10 other colours already available.
Inside the XJ’s cabin, customers can choose from a new Champagne and Charcoal leather trim option. A new lighter Elm Gloss veneer has been added alongside the current Burr Walnut and Aluminium trim finishes. Further changes have also been applied to the 2007 Model Year XJR, which will feature contrast stitching to its seats as standard and will also have a new Satin American Walnut veneer (optional in the UK/not available in the US). Heated front seats are also now standard fit to all XJs worldwide.
"When we launched the new XJ, I described it as being a luxury car with a true sense of gravitas,” says Jaguar’s Design Director, Ian Callum. “Now we are adding a sense of power and purpose to its undeniably graceful shape by giving it a bold mesh grille that sits so well between its four headlights. Similarly, the stunning 19 and 20-inch wheels that customers can choose from are very special indeed – exactly the sort of wheels needed to accentuate the powerful lines around the car’s flanks.”
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR COMFORT, ENTERTAINMENT AND SAFETY
Every XJ model boasts a range of advanced technological features designed to ensure that driver and passengers alike are comfortably and safely cocooned within the car’s luxurious interior.
Widely regarded as being the most refined premium saloon on sale today, significant advances to all XJs over the past 12 months have ensured that the car retains that position.
Jaguar was the first manufacturer in the premium vehicle sector to introduce acoustic laminated glass as standard fit. This glass reduces wind and engine noise intrusion to the cabin by up to 5 decibels when compared with standard laminated glass. Jaguar was also the first manufacturer to feature a bonnet liner with integrated side seals which further improves noise levels in the cabin. Similarly, the driver’s airbag is isolated from the steering wheel, significantly reducing the level of vibration transmitted through to the driver.
As well as ensuring Jaguar customers own one of the most refined cars in the world, the addition of several new technology features guarantees they also own one of the safest. Depending on market, customers can specify Jaguar’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) which assists the driver by highlighting an excessive loss in vehicle tyre pressure. TPMS measures the pressure in each of the tyres on the vehicle and issues warnings if any of the pressures deviate to a significant level.
An Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL) feature can be used by the driver to select a maximum vehicle speed limit. This is an additional function which is incorporated into the current cruise control system. When the ASL has been set, the throttle will respond to the driver’s demand until the set limit is reached. At this point, provided the throttle position is sustained, the vehicle will maintain the set speed. The ASL system can be cancelled by either switching to cruise control, applying kick-down on the accelerator pedal or by pushing the cancel button. ASL is used separately rather than together with the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system.
Mobile phone usage can be one of the leading causes of driver distraction, which is why Jaguar introduced Bluetooth® connectivity to the XJ as an optional feature in 2005. For all 2007 Model Year XJs (dependent on market), Bluetooth® connectivity now becomes standard, with a wider range of mobile phones being compatible with the system.
The main benefit of the Bluetooth ® integration feature is the flexibility and simplicity it offers, providing primary phone functions while interacting with on-board vehicle controls such as steering wheel buttons, the audio system, Touchscreen and Jaguar Voice control (where fitted). The phone can be left in the driver’s bag or pocket and does not need to be docked into the vehicle.
Calls can be actioned by using the steering wheel controls and audio or Touchscreen keypads. The audio will be muted and the dedicated microphone, carried over from previous systems, switched on. Voice commands can be used where the optional JaguarVoice system is fitted.
Further new key technology features will be available as an optional extra on the 2007 Model Year XJ range for the first time. The state-of-the-art, stolen vehicle tracking system, JaguarWatch, offers unrivalled levels of support and response in the case of car theft – operating even across European borders.
If the concealed JaguarWatch tracking device on the vehicle senses any unauthorised movement, it immediately alerts the JaguarWatch Monitoring Service, which contacts the vehicle owner to confirm if a theft has taken place. If the vehicle is confirmed as stolen, JaguarWatch immediately begins to track the car using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and GSM mobile phone technologies. At the same time, all relevant information is passed on to the local police force to activate the retrieval process.
This means that JaguarWatch works together with local authorities across borders, by providing direct priority access to the police in nearly every European country.
The growing use of personal digital music players is a worldwide phenomenon. But until now, in-car playback of these systems has traditionally resulted in poor sound quality, as the connection has depended mainly on secondary devices to broadcast to the car’s radio.
Now a wide range of external audio devices can be connected to the Jaguar’s stereo system using the new optional Audio Connectivity Module. This portal, which fits neatly into the centre armrest, delivers high-quality sound and exceptional ease of use. Allowing connection of an iPod, MP3, USB or other digital audio device, the system is controlled through the standard Jaguar head unit of the In-Car Entertainment system. Connection is simple, using the single cable provided and a choice of ports for iPod, USB or auxiliary interfaces. There are no stray leads visible inside the car, and the centre armrest provides a safe, secure place to store whichever digital audio device is connected. The system will also charge many devices, meaning they are ready for portable use when you leave the car.
Rear-seat passengers in the XJ benefit if the optional Rear Screen Entertainment system is specified. This facility consists of two screens integrated into the driver and front passenger headrests complete with controls located in the rear arm-rest. The system can be used to play DVD, TV (where fitted) and the inclusion of an auxiliary input enables the rear passenger to connect items such as iPods and MP3 devices, camcorders & games players.
Sales of the new 2007 Model Year Jaguar XJ range begin in August 2006 (dependent on market).