2017 Jaguar XJ

Jaguar recently announced that its XJ luxury sedan lineup will
get a mid-cycle refresh. The redesign is targeted at improving
its exterior looks and adding more up-to-date gadgetry. It will
also be offered in more iteration. If you are looking for a
lightweight luxury sedan, then this is the best as it weighs
less than the trio of German competitors from BMW, Mercedes and
Audi.

This segment is very competitive with every automaker trying to
outshine the others with their own brands of technology and
performance features.  It remains to be seen how the Jag’
will perform in these situations.

Actually, the redesign is meant to shake the Jaguar’s old-man
nuance. The model debuted in the US in 2011 and had started to
look rusty. Jaguar is planning to change this connotation by
using aluminum construction and the latest technology. Read
along to find out more;

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2017 Jaguar XJ Exterior

Jaguar is famous for its good-looking automobiles and the XJ
exterior does not disappoint either. The new model’s look is an
improvement of the outgoing model.

New features include a redesigned front fascia which features a
larger grille with a new mesh pattern. The bumper features a
new chrome surround in the lower intakes. Flanking the grille
are full adaptive LED headlights which also feature automatic
high beams. The vehicle also features “Double XJ” DRLs.

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The rear features LED taillights and oval-shaped exhaust tips.
The body is constructed using aluminum. The model is available
in both standard- and long-wheelbase configurations. Trims on
the standard-wheelbase include the base XJ R-Sport, mid trims
XJ R-Sport AWD and XJ Supercharged and the top XJR trim.
 On the other hand, trims on the long-wheelbase are the
base XJL Portfolio, mid XJL Portfolio AWD, and XJL
Supercharged, and the top-of-the-range XJR LWB.2017-jaguar-xj-NCI-5

To differentiate between the standard and long wheelbases,
Jaguar has enhanced standard wheelbase models aerodynamics
while long wheelbase models get a new interior trim with sporty
or luxury orientations.

XJR models are also differentiated by a black trim package
which includes a black front grille, black lower intake
surrounds and black window surrounds.

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2017 Jaguar XJ Interior

The XJ’s cabin is plush as expected.  Standard wheelbase
models get soft-grain perforated leather seats with a contrast
stitching and piping. They are also embossed with Jaguar’s logo
on their headrests.  R-Sport models still feature
8-by-8-way power front seats with 4-way lumbar support.

The Supercharged trim get 14-by-14-way power front seats with
4-way lumbar support. These seats are also offered on the XJ
R-Sport as part of the optional Comfort Package. The package
also features passenger memory adjustment, front seat massages,
4-zone automatic air conditioning and a rear electric sunblind.

The XJL Portfolio and XJL Supercharged trims get quilted
leather seats with a diamond pattern finish. 14-by-14-way power
seats and 4-way lumbar support are standard.  Heated and
ventilated front and rear seats are also standard for all
models.

The cabin also features the InControl Touch Pro infotainment
system which derives its power from a quad-core Intel
processor. The system also features 60-GB solid-state-drive and
next-gen Ethernet network which provides fast access to
information and route calculation.

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The system features an 8.0-inch capacitive touch-screen which
is customizable.  There is another screen mounted on the
instrument cluster for navigation. It also features a Commute
Mode which offers the driver alternative routes after analyzing
the driver’s daily routine. Approach mode displays a 360-degree
interactive view of the car surroundings when the car is within
200 meters of the destinations. In this range, it can even pick
out the nearest parking lot.

For audiophiles, there is a Meridian sourced 17-speaker,
825-watt sound stereo which is offered as standard in all
trims. For more, the system can be upgraded to a Meridian
Reference sound system with 26 speakers. The upgrades also
feature 1,300-watts of power, 17 channels and a Trifield
technology for excellent quality.

The rear of the long wheelbase XJ model features an option for
two 10.2-inch HD screens. There is also device charging and
connectivity for the rear passengers. This is made possible via
two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. More connectivity is
offered to the front passengers via the Jaguar’s InControl Apps
which features a USB system that allows both Apple and Android
Smartphone users to connect to the vehicle’s infotainment
system. There is also a Wi-Fi hotspot with 3G connectivity for
8 devices.

Engine Specs

The new 2017 Jaguar XJ is powered by carry-over engines from
the outgoing XJ. There are three engines which comprise of a
V-6 and two V-8 drive-trains. All engines feature aluminum
construction, variable valve timing, direct fuel injection and
a stop-start fuel-saving technology.

The base engine is a supercharged 3.0 L V-6 engine which is
capable of producing 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The engine
is paired with either an 8-speed automatic transmission system
or a ZF system.

The second engine is a supercharged 5.0 l V-8 engine which
produces 470 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque.  This engine is
also tuned to produce 550 hp and 680 lb-ft of torque.  The
engine is also paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission or
a ZF system. Both engines deliver a unique soundtrack courtesy
of carefully tuned intake and exhaust systems.

New 2017 Jaguar XJ during the testing

New 2017 Jaguar XJ during the testing

Price and release date

The 2017 Jaguar XJ will arrive in dealerships mid this
year.  For the standard wheelbase, you will need to spend
$ 74,400 for the base XJR with RWD and $ 77,900 for the AWD,
V-6. For the models with V-8 engines, you will spend $ 92,000
for the 470 hp models and $ 118,000 for the 550 hp models.

For the Long Wheelbase, a XJ Portfolio with V-6 engine and RWD
starts AT $ 83,200 and $ 86,700 for XJ Portfolio AWD.  A
5.0 L XJL with 470 hp attracts a $ 95,000 price tag while the
XJR LWB attracts a $ 121,000 price tag.

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Competition

The Jaguar XJ will face firerce rivalry from
BMW 7 Series, Audi A8L and
Mercedes-Benz S-Class when it comes out.