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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2016 Jaguar XJ Gets a Fresh Face and New Tech



Exciting things are happening at Jaguar. The sporty XE heads to US showrooms in 2016, a lightened XF made its appearance earlier this year in New York, and now it’s the turn of the top-dog XJ. 
Expected on sale this fall, the 2016 Jaguar XJ sedan retains much of its structure and internals from the current model, but brings to the table refreshed front and rear styling as well as significant technology improvements in the cabin. The lead-footed amongst you will be happy to note, the supercharged V6 and V8 are here to stay… and they’re just as muscular as before.


The most immediately noticeable additions include new LED head- and taillight treatments, of which the former tacks on double “j-blade” running lights. New oval exhausts find their way to the XJ’s rear, and according to Jaguar, Black Pack styling options will be available to subtly spec-up the car’s appearance.
It’s a good look, though the bulk of the freshening-up is said to occur inside the XJ. Jaguar has implanted its flagship sedan with its new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, which sports a 60 gigabyte solid-state drive, and offers navigation, iOS and Android connectivity, Wi-fi hotspot access, and complements a Meridian sound system. The XJ now receives electric-assisted power steering and notably Jaguar’s All-Surface Progress Control, which acts like a slow-speed cruise control for wet, icy and snowy surfaces.


There’s also been a slight shuffling of the deck in terms of trim levels, with Jaguar now adding an R-Sport and range-topping Autobiography long-wheelbase model. US shoppers won’t be able to select the firm’s updated low-emission diesel, but they will be privy to the model’s current 340 horsepower V6 and 550 horsepower V8 supercharged engines. The V8 also arrives in 470hp tune and the V6 offers all-wheel-drive in addition to the standard rear-wheel drive setup.