Jaguar has announced an update for its flagship XJ luxury sedan, and it promises a refreshed exterior design, loads more technology, and a slew of different model iterations to choose from.
First launched in the US in 2011, the XJ has grown a bit stale over the years, but Jag wants to shake the old-man connotations by utilizing aluminum construction and the latest and greatest gadgetry. What’s more, the exterior espouses a timeless style with a hint of modern aggression, making for an enticing package.
The new XJ is also available in no less than eight different models, including several long-wheelbase variants that offer even more luxury than the standard car.
The questions is: can the new XJ outgun the top dogs hailing from Germany? Mercedes, BMW, and Audi are all in the hunt for high-dollar, luxury four-door sales, and each is bringing its own brand of technology and performance to the table.
Updated 09/05/2015: Jaguar revealed prices for the new XJ luxury sedan, which will be put on sale in the spring of 2016. Prices will range from $74,400 for the XJ R-Sport version and up to $121,000 for the XJR LWB version.
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Land speed records are pretty much an exclusively British endeavor at this point, so it makes perfect sense that Jaguar would lend its support to the Bloodhound SSC project. It’s a pairing as British as bangers and mash.
In honor of the partnership, Jaguar is introducing the new XJR Rapid Response Vehicle alongside three newly face-lifted XJRs at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The XJR RRV joins the F-Type RRV on the 2014 Bloodhound SSC’s mission to break the 1,000 mph barrier, and will be piloted up the Goodwood hill by Royal Air Force ace and Bloodhound SSC driver Andy Green.
With a 550-horsepower supercharged V-8, it’s a bit down on power compared with the 135,000-horsepower Bloodhound SSC, but the Jaguar XJR does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph, which should come in handy when transporting the equipment and personnel necessary for a 1,000-mph land-speed record run. Built by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations, the two XKR RRVs have had roll cages fitted and the rear seats have been replaced by custom housings for emergency equipment.
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The current Jaguar XJ has been around since 2009, but the XJ moniker enjoys a rich history dating back to 1968 when the XJ Series I was introduced. The car has undergone several transformations throughout the years, including a departure from the “Series type” Jags to the more modern-style cars in the mid-1990s. The XJs have always been revered for their English posh yet scoffed for their reliability. As the 2010s continue to roll forward, Jaguar is working feverishly to repeal that notion and replace it with one of pure luxury and sport.
Cars like the F-Type and upcoming 2017 XE sedan are posing darn good arguments for Jaguar’s positive brand reputation, as do the witty advertisements concerning the art of villainy. But how well does the XJ hold up its promise of luxury?
I recently spent a week with an XJ — the long wheelbase version to be exact. The lengthened limo came powered with the 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 and fitted with all-wheel drive. A mere trio of options meant the car was nearly in its base form, perfect for evaluating the car’s entry-level sophistication. So how does the 2015 XJL hold up? Hit the jump to find out.
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