Jaguar announced its new 2016 XJ series, a combination of power, luxury and refinement. Exceptionally luxurious, a quality of craftsmanship throughout the XJ interior sets it apart. More dynamic and distinctive than ever, its saloon delivers even greater levels of luxury and performance. Exterior design refresh complete with full LED headlights and unique double 'J-Blade signature' daytime running lights.
The new Jaguar XJ range will consist of: XJ Luxury, XJ Premium Luxury, XJ Portfolio, XJ R-Sport, XJR, XJ Autobiography.
The powertrain range will consist of: 300PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel automatic; RWD, 240PS 2.0-litre petrol automatic; RWD, 340PS 3.0-litre V6 petrol automatic; RWD/AWD, 470, 510 and 550PS 5.0-litre V8 petrol automatic; RWD.
The adoption of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) improves responsiveness and driver feedback, enhancing the XJ's position as the most dynamic luxury sedan in the segment. The technology is also an enabler for advanced driver assistance systems and improves efficiency.
The adoption of electric power-assisted steering enables the new XJ to offer semi-autonomous park-assist functions for both bay and parallel parking. The XJ's radar sensors can also help to make reversing safer. Vehicles approaching from either side are detected and, if they present a potential hazard, the driver is given audible and visual warnings.
The new XJ's InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system is truly state-of-the art. Built around a quad-core Intel processor, 60GB solid-state drive and a next-generation Ethernet network, InControl Touch Pro can handle massive amounts of data and is exceptionally powerful and responsive. At its heart is an eight-inch capacitive touchscreen. Just like a smartphone, the touchscreen accepts 'pinch to zoom' gestures, for instance, or swipes to scroll between home screens. This simple, intuitive user interface helps drivers to keep their eyes on the road, minimising distraction.
The functionality of the navigation system is just as impressive. Maps stored on InControl Touch Pro's solid-state drive can be accessed in a fraction of the time needed with conventional hard drives. Dead-reckoning functionality accurately determines the vehicle's position even when GPS signals cannot be received - ideal for cities.
InControl Touch Pro also enables door-to-door route planning and guidance, including public transport options. A companion app allows you to plan your route offline and then load it into the system at the start of the journey.
The system also offers a Commute Mode: this learns your daily drive and can automatically offer alternative routes to avoid congestion using historical and real-time traffic information. Approach Mode displays a 360° interactive view of your destination as you get to within 200m, and can even direct you to the nearest available car parking space.
InControl Touch Pro also delivers a full-screen navigation display in the new XJ's reconfigurable full TFT instrument cluster.
Engineered to sound perfect: Meridian Reference system
Equal attention has been paid to audio system performance. The new XJ offers four digital systems including the outstanding 26-speaker, 1,300W Reference sound system developed with British audio experts Meridian. The 17 channels of stereo and surround sound benefit from Meridian's Trifield technology to ensure optimum reproduction with benchmark low levels of distortion.
Gracenote images stored on the solid-state drive enrich the experience, while functions such as 'Play more like this' make it easier still to access all of your favourite tracks.
Rear Seat Entertainment: The full widescreen experience
To further enhance the XJ's luxurious row-two experience, customers will be able to specify a rear seat entertainment system. Comprising two 10.2-inch high-definition screens which fold away when not in use, these displays offer a true 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. When digital TV is also specified, a different channel can be shown on each screen and an additional 100GB of user media storage is provided.
The rear seat entertainment system will also allow passengers to connect devices using two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI and one MHL port, enabling charging and media output and from a wide range of smartphones and tablets.
The new 2016 model year Jaguar XJ goes on sale from Autumn 2015