After the XF, it was just a matter of time until we’ll have seen all the models in Jaguar’s line-up receiving the same treatment. And the first to get it was the luxury sedan XJ. While the old generation XJ is an old and unattractive car, the new one features a young, attractive and aggressive design. For the US market the luxury XJ is offered in six different versions with prices starting at $72,500.
The newest generation XJ - ranging from the 2010 to 2012 models - are the first Jaguar models built on Jaguar’s aerospace-inspired aluminum body technology. The US customers will only get the 5.0-liter V8 engine, in both naturally aspirated and supercharged version. Output will range from 385 hp to 510 hp. The European customers however will also get a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine.
Jaguar will also offer both standard and long-wheelbase versions for the XJ, with the latter adding an extra 125mm of legroom. Also all the latest Jaguar technologies will make their way into the new model: air suspension, Adaptive Dynamics (continuously variable damping), Active Differential Control and quick-ratio power steering deliver the blend of responsive, dynamic handling and refined, supple ride expected from a Jaguar.
UPDATE 05/07/2012: Jaguar has unveiled a new video for their flagship XJ. Called simply "Innovations," the video displays new details on the car’s intuitive technology and innovative thinking. Enjoy!
Find out more about the 2010-2012 Jaguar XJ after the jump
The new Jaguar XJ sports a sleek and sophisticated design that’s a far departure from the past versions of the luxury car. The all-new Jaguar XJ brings a daring new spirit to automotive luxury, offering a seductive mix of striking design, breathtaking performance and engineering without compromise.
The exterior of the luxury sedan begins with an elongated teardrop shape of the side windows that establishes the car’s silhouette and lies at the heart of its flowing design. And the new XJ doesn’t just look streamlined because there’s a purpose behind it’s design, one that’s highlighted by a drag coefficient of 0.29 with the XF saloon, making the new XJ one of the most aerodynamic Jaguars ever.
The nose of the XJ also follows Jaguar’s new design language, particularly with the 2011 and 2012 models. The powerful mesh grille and slim standard xenon headlights create a strong and visual road presence. That’s complimented by a strong, muscular lower half of the car is contrasted with the slim and graceful quality of the roofline. The wrap-around rear screen reduces the visual weight of the pillars, and gives the impression of an exotic,
Every area of the new XJ; from the outer skin to the composite undertray to the fine grille meshes of the cooling system – was optimised using this process. Key areas included the profile of the rear decklid, which was engineered to ensure that the airflow was controlled without the need for a spoiler. As well as reduced drag and impressively low wind noise, the overall shape achieves aerodynamic loads that are carefully balanced between front and rear axles to ensure optimum handling balance and high-speed stability.
The interior of the Jaguar XJ is the personification of luxury, offering comparable levels of space to saloons with a more conventional style. There is generous accommodation for five occupants, while long-wheelbase models provide rear-seat passengers with even greater levels of comfort thanks to an additional 125mm of rear legroom. More than jus the elegant touch-ups, Jaguar also designed the interior to retain its core sporting character without any compromise. A panoramic glass roof, a standard feature on all models, dramatically enhances the sense of light and space inside the new XJ. The roof’s opening mechanism slides the glass upwards and outwards, so that headroom is never compromised. A dark tint and reflective coating prevent the interior from overheating under strong sunlight, while twin electric blinds provide another level of privacy and sun screening.
And in keeping with its status as the ultimate four-door Jaguar, the XJ introduces a new generation of interior technologies, pioneering the use of display and infotainment systems with notable inclusions like the innovative Virtual Instrument dials and optional 1200W Bowers & Wilkins premium surround sound system, among others.
The 2010-2012 models of the Jaguar XJ does away with a physical instrument cluster display. In its place, Jaguar is using a 12.3-inch high-definition screen, which uses sophisticated and beautifully detailed virtual instruments, providing all of the functions performed by traditional dials while being offered in a more elegant package. Every time the XJ is powered up, three virtual dials build before your eyes: the centre dial houses a speedometer, flanked on the right by a rev counter and on the left by an information window with fuel and temperature gauges.
A large, 8" touch-screen display is the ideal complement to the virtual instrument cluster, providing an intuitive way to manage many of the XJ’s functions, including climate control, audio, communications and navigation. However, the display is more than simply intuitive; it also features Dual-View technology, a significant advance that allows the driver and front passenger to look at completely different content on the same screen. For example, the passenger can watch television or a DVD movie, while the driver views route navigation mapping. Headphone compatibility allows the passenger to listen without the driver being distracted. The Touch-screen interface also allows the number of conventional switches to be reduced to a minimum, with just a small number of major controls positioned below the display.
The new XJ offers the choice of four powerful and refined engines, which use the latest powertrain technology to deliver an outstanding combination of performance and class-leading efficiency. The line-up of engines for the new XJ begins with a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that produces 275 horsepower. Next up in the hierarchy is naturally-aspirated engine that produces 385 horsepower. Then there’s the top-of-the-line 5.0-liter AJ-V8 Gen III V8 gas engine that can produce upwards of 470 horsepower all the way to 510 horsepower.
The new direct-injection 5.0-liter AJ-V8 Gen III V8 gas engines were first introduced at the beginning of 2009. They were developed from the outset to deliver significantly increased power and torque, but with improved emissions and fuel efficiency.
Particular emphasis was also placed on achieving a sporting character, combining responsive low-end torque with spirited top-end performance. The new V8 has a compact and lightweight all-aluminum design, with class-leading low levels of internal friction. It features an industry-first, centrally-mounted, multi-hole, spray-guided fuel injection system, which delivers fuel at a pressure of up to 150bar directly to the center of the combustion chamber, maximizing air-fuel mixing and improving combustion control. Efficiency is further enhanced by an innovative new variable camshaft timing system (VCT), which is activated by the positive and negative torques generated by opening and closing the intake and exhaust valves, instead of by oil pressure. This has allowed the engine oil pump to be reduced in size, saving energy and reducing fuel consumption.
The 2010-2012 Jaguar XJ is more than just a powerful feline; it also boasts of a comprehensive set of active safety aids including, an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Understeer Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Engine Drag Torque Control and, for vehicles fitted with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Electronic Brake Pre-fill.
A two-stage DSC system combines the normal on-off switchable DSC function, which reacts as soon as it detects slip, with Trac DSC - which allows more slip before intervening –for a more sporting driving experience. Pressing and holding the DSC button for 10 seconds fully disables electronic intervention, allowing an experienced driver to exploit fully the capability of the new XJ chassis as they choose, where conditions allow.
New XJs with either supercharged engine are fitted with the advanced new Active Differential Control (ADC) system that was introduced at the beginning of 2009 on the XKR and XFR models. This system uses a computer-controlled differential to distribute torque to the rear wheels in a much more sophisticated way than a conventional mechanical differential, improving both traction and dynamic stability and providing more sporting handling.
ADC uses an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in the final drive to vary the degree of differential locking – and therefore the proportion of torque to each driven rear wheel – depending on surface conditions and power applied. Its control strategies optimise traction at each wheel, improving acceleration on low-grip surfaces and enhancing cornering ability, but with no adverse effect on either refinement or stability.
Drivers of the new XJ also benefit from a number of additional active safety features that provide enhanced confidence and security when on the road. The xenon headlamps are available with an intelligent high beam system, which switches high beam on and off according to the presence of oncoming traffic and the prevailing lighting conditions. This feature is combined with adaptive lighting, which swivels the headlamps to follow the road when cornering, and also provides additional LED illumination when manoeuvring at low speeds.
Other technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control, which monitors the gap to traffic ahead and adjusts the cruise control system and speed accordingly; a radar-based blind-spot monitoring system that alerts the XJ driver to vehicles in close proximity on either side; and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System that continuously monitors pressure and temperature
New Enhancements for 2012
For the 2012 Jaguar XJ, the British automaker added a few subtle enhancements to the cabin, particularly a new Rear Comfort Pack on the XJL Supersport that now offers seats that feature electric adjustment of the backrest recline angle, four-way lumbar support and a massage function. The Pack also includes new winged headrests, footrests and the ability for the front passenger seat to be stowed forward when unoccupied to increase rear seat room.
Jaguar’s luxed-up, long-wheelbase XJL Portfolio model also has a new ‘Executive Pack’ that effectively morphs the rear of the XJL into a high-speed mobile office space that includes niceties like upgraded carpeting, combination wood, leather heated steering wheel, gloss wood veneer choices and chrome mirror housings.
As a company that prides itself on listening to its consumers, Jaguar adhered to customer requests of adding a new interior color combination. Available with the Portfolio trim level, the Jet/Ivory option features ivory seating with contrast jet stitching, piping and upper surfaces, while the headlining is available in either Jet or Ivory suedecloth, according to customer preference.
Lastly, all XJ variants are now available with an Illumination Package derived from that offered as standard on the Supersport model. This Package comprises illuminated sill plates, trunk latch and front and rear air vents.
|ENGINE & TRANSMISSION|
|Engine Capacity (liters)||5.0||5.0||5.0|
|Engine Capacity (cc)||5000||5000||5000|
|Valves per Cylinder||4||4||4|
|Transmission Final Drive Ratio||3.31:1||3.31:1||3.31:1|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic||6-speed automatic||6-speed automatic|
|1st||4.17 : 1||4.17 : 1||4.17 : 1|
|2nd||2.34 : 1||2.34 : 1||2.34 : 1|
|3rd||1.52 : 1||1.52 : 1||1.52 : 1|
|4th||1.14 : 1||1.14 : 1||1.14 : 1|
|5th||0.87 : 1||0.87 : 1||0.87 : 1|
|6th||0.69 : 1||0.69 : 1||0.69 : 1|
|Rev||3.40 : 1||3.40 : 1||3.40 : 1|
|Fastest 0-60 mph (seconds)||5.4||4.9||4.7|
|Fastest 0-100 kph (seconds)||5.7||5.2||4.9|
|Top Speed (mph/kph) - 20" wheels||155/250||155/250|
|Top Speed (mph/kph) - 19" wheels||121/195|
|Max. Power (SAE bhp) @ rpm||385@6500||470@6000-6500||510@6000-6500|
|Torque (SAE lb-ft) @ rpm||380@3500||424@2500-5500||461@2500-5500|
|bhp per Liter of Engine Displacement||77||94||102|
|US C-H Combined (mpg - US)||19||18||18|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (liters)||82||82||82|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (USA gallons)||21.7||21.7||21.7|
|Emissions||ULEVII/TIER II BIN5/EUV||ULEVII/TIER II BIN5/EUV||ULEVII/TIER II BIN5/EUV|
|EU: Curb Weight (lbs)||3870||3909||4172||4223||4172||4223|
|EU: Curb Weight (kg)||1755||1773||1892||1915||1892||1915|
|Federal: Lightest Weight (lbs) - actual curb weight||4045||4131||4281||4323||4281||4323|
|Federal: Lightest Weight (kg) - actual curb weight||1835||1874||1942||1961||1942||1961|
|Gross Vehicle Weight (lb)||5072||5149||5215||5270||5215||5270|
|Gross Vehicle Weight (kg)||2300||2335||2365||2390||2365||2390|
|Tightest Turning Radius Curb to Curb (feet)||40.4||41.7||40.4||41.7||40.4||41.7|
|Tightest Turning Radius Curb to Curb (m)||12.3||12.7||12.3||12.7||12.3||12.7|
Prices and options
|XJ||5.0 liter V8||385||$72,500|
|XJL||5.0 liter V8||385||$79,500|
|XJ Supercharged||5.0 liter V8 supercharged||470||$87,500|
|XJL Supercharged||5.0 liter V8 supercharged||470||$90,500|
|XJ SuperSport||5.0 liter V8 supercharged||510||$112,000|
|XJL SuperSport||5.0 liter V8 supercharged||510||$115,000|
|Luxury Package||Upgrade to XJL Interior Theme including interior/exterior colorways, 20/20 way front seats with massage functionality, Active Ventilated rear seats – heated and cooled, 4-zone automatic climate control, electric rear window sunblind and Jaguar Suedecloth Premium Headlining.||$4,000|
|Rear Seat Entertainment||State of the art digital rear entertainment system with dual 8" LCD screens controlled by a rear Touch-screen remote control that docks and charges in the rear center armrest. The system also includes a Rear Media Interface that allows connectivity with a wide range of USB devices (i.e. iPod®, MP3 player or one USB Mass Storage Device). With Rear Seat Entertainment fitted rear passengers can watch DVD or streamed video via the Rear Media Interface. The system includes dual digital wireless WhiteFire® headphones as standard. *Available starting Fall 2010 or later.||$2,000|
|Bowers & Wilkins 1200W premium sound system||Bowers & Wilkins 1200W premium sound system with AM/FM radio and single slot CD/DVD player, MP3 disc compatibility, a hard disk drive (HDD) for storage of up to 10 CD’s of uncompressed music, a 12-channel Class-D, DSP amplifier featuring Audyssey MultiEQ® audio equalization and Dynamic Volume Control with either Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx or DTSTM Neo 6, with 20 speakers including 2 subwoofers and 2 front door woofers. If the Rear Seat Entertainment package * has also been selected 3 audio channels in addition to the cabin audio output can be accessed through the Rear Seat Entertainment package’s digital wireless WhiteFire® headphones. The headphone system includes Dolby® Headphone Surround when listening to the DVD source.||$2,200|
|Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Forward Alert and Advanced Emergency Brake Assist||Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses microwave radar technology to monitor for slower moving traffic and can alert you to potential hazards ahead. It also controls both throttle and brakes to help maintain a constant time gap to the vehicle in front. When the road ahead clears, the system automatically accelerates back to the speed at which you were driving. Forward Alert provides an audible warning if it senses that the traffic ahead slows. Advanced Emergency Brake Assist is an enhancement to the ACC function. Using the ACC radar, the system calculates distance and speed of approach to the vehicle in front and pre-charges the brakes to potentially help minimize impact speed if a collision is predicted. These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions. The driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult owner’s manual or your local authorized Jaguar dealer for more details.||$2,200|
|Driver Assistance Package||Package includes Headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting, cornering lamps, washers and Intelligent High Beam, and Active Seat Belts - driver and front passenger. In a challenging driving situation, the active seat belts are designed to tighten and secure occupants into the seat automatically to give the driver an enhanced feeling of security when the situation demands it. As cornering or braking forces are reduced the electrically-powered belts loosen to normal position. These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions.||$1,000|
|Carbon Fiber Veneer||Luxury trim carbon fiber look on doors and carbon fiber look on dashboard||$1,500|
|Front Ashtray and Lighter||Front ashtray; Front seats cigar lighter||$0|
|Whitefire Emmitter w/2 Wireless Headphones||2 wireless headphones||$400|
|Bowers & Wilkins 1200W Package||Twenty upgraded speaker(s) Bowers & Wilkins; Bowers & Wilkins audio system||$2,200|
|Wood and Leather Steering Wheel||Wood & leather steering wheel; Requires Luxury Package||$0|
|Trunk Badge Delete||Trunk Badge Delete||$0|
|19" Toba Polished Alloy Wheels||Front and rear alloy wheels with 19 inch rim diam; Excludes: 20" Kasuga Alloy Wheels And 20" Kasuga Polished Alloy Wheels And 19" Toba Alloy Wheels And 20" Amirante Alloy Wheels||$1,000|
|20" Amirante Alloy Wheels||Front and rear alloy wheels with 20 inch rim diam and 9.0 inch rim width; Front and rear conventional tires with 255 mm tire width, 35% tire profile and Y tire rating; Excludes: 20" Kasuga Alloy Wheels And 20" Kasuga Polished Alloy Wheels And 19" Toba Polished Alloy Wheels And 19" Toba Alloy Wheels||$3,000|
|20" Kasuga Alloy Wheels||Front and rear alloy wheels with 20 inch rim diam and 9.0 inch rim width; Front and rear conventional tires with 255 mm tire width, 35% tire profile and Y tire rating; Excludes: 20" Kasuga Polished Alloy Wheels And 20" Amirante Alloy Wheels And 19" Toba Polished Alloy Wheels And 19" Toba Alloy Wheels||$3,000|
|20" Kasuga Polished Alloy Wheels||Front and rear alloy wheels with 20 inch rim diam and 9.0 inch rim width; Front and rear conventional tires with 255 mm tire width, 35% tire profile and Y tire rating; Excludes: 20" Kasuga Alloy Wheels And 20" Amirante Alloy Wheels And 19" Toba Polished Alloy Wheels And 19" Toba Alloy Wheels||$4,000|
Competitors and press reviews
"When goosed, the various V-8s make suitably expensive and deep roars. All versions have acoustic devices that plumb intake noise through the firewall. In the supercharged models, blower whine is miraculously filtered out. The six-speed automatic does its business quickly and with undetectable slack. Figure 0-to-60-mph times from the mid-fours to mid-fives, depending on the model. With the XFR’s pretty-darn-quick steering rack and the electronically self-adjusting shocks (they rely on electromechanical slider valves to vary their reactions), the XJ wants to pound through corners in hot pursuit of cars half its size. It has the power, the grip, and the steering focus for that, but the suspension, especially in the base version, allows enough body roll and bob that you don’t forget you’re at the reins of two tons of British luxury." (CarAndDriver)
"Historic plumbing shortfalls apart, Versailles makes a fine jumping-off point for the 2011 Jaguar XJ, even if the surprisingly empty country roads that are mere minutes away do far more to flatter the Jaguar’s character than the streets of town, which are infested with speed bumps. It’s a surprise to discover that this XJ does not soak up low-speed city bumps with quite the velvet pliancy of its ancestors, many of which were exceptional. You’d hardly call the ride uncomfortable, and the suspension is certainly quiet, but firm it is, whether you’re riding in the front or the back. Jaguar says it has deliberately chosen this feeling of greater connectedness to the road below, but that decision has also robbed the XJ of some of its plush low-speed ride." (InsideLine)
"It turns into curves with something approaching glee and stays remarkably flat both in roll and pitch. The steering is so progressive your confidence rapidly builds. Mid-corner bumps do nothing to upset the action. The deeply contoured seat communicates the car’s surprisingly neutral balance. The adaptive dampers are so good they disguise their presence. Most traces of untoward waveforms, whether high-frequency wheelhop or low-frequency body float, are diminished to the point you just don’t think about them. Jaguar engineers opted for coil springs at the front (the predecessor was air) for a more natural feel. For the same reason, they bolted the subframe to the body without bushings, though noise refinement is still first rate. At the back, air springs are retained to level the car when laden." (MotorTrend)
The 2010 BMW 7-Series is priced as follows: 750i is $81,125 and the 750Li is $85,025. The eight-cylinder developing maximum output of 407 hp between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm in the BMW 750i, for example, is the most efficient engine in its performance class and the only engine of its kind worldwide with the turbochargers fitted in the V-space between the two rows of cylinders.
The LS460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 380 hp and 367 lb.-ft. of peak torque in rear-wheel-drive configuration and 357 hp and 344 lb.-ft. of torque with all-wheel drive (AWD). The engine is mated to a eight-speed automatic transmission. The LS 460 can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in about 5.4 seconds; 5.9 seconds for the all-wheel drive models. Prices start at $65,380.
The 2010 Mercedes S-Class line-up will include four models: 382-hp V8 S550, 518-hp V8 S63 AMG, 510-hp V12 S600 and, 604-hp V12 S65 AMG. Prices will start at $91,600.
When you say "Jaguar" the first thing coming to your head is a car defined by luxury and by the desire to be different! And lets face the old XJ was anything but that. It needed to be improved, and fast, taking under consideration all the competitors out there. And while everyone knew what to expect from it, still they were impressed when Jaguar finally brought it on the market.
With its "bad cat" looking face, the XJ is no doubt the best looking in its class. But is it "the best"? At the "luxury chapter" there’s no sense to still talk about it, because it has it all for sure. So, how does the car drive? Impeccable! According to Jaguar, this is a car that will always be able to do more than you ask for it to do. While getting behind the wheel, you will discover that by every minute spent driving, you get to know your car better and better, and you will end up asking for it more and more.
So I quess it only depends on you and your love for German cars when deciding on which car you’ll buy.