The 2017 Jaguar XJ is the British automaker’s flagship luxury sedan. It is designed to be sports-infused giving an impressive high performance. The introduction of the new Jaguar XJ has opened more possibilities for car enthusiasts to own a luxury sedan that comes with a powerful V6/V8 engine.
There are six models offered under the XJ series; the XJR-Sport, XJ supercharged, XJR. XJL Portfolio, XJL supercharged and XJR LWB. Jaguar also has built an exclusive model for their most priced customers, the 2017 Jaguar Diamond Edition.
Here is a complete review of the new Jaguar XJ highlighting all its dominating aspects including the exterior and interior design, engine specifications and performance along with other features.
Design of the Jaguar XJ
The British luxury sedan is built with an imposing style that aims to ascertain its dominance on whatever path it travels on. From the smooth, streamlined wide-stance aluminum bodywork to the luxurious craftsmanship in the cabin, everything about the Jaguar XJ is synonymous with a powerful CEO level lifestyle.
The exterior is all about assertive styling, with its mesh front grille and the attention-grabbing LED taillights along with the wide stance of the body. The outside reflects strength, high-end status and elegance.
The whole shape is sleek with blacked-out pillars that make its glass look large, while its extended waistline makes its more aerodynamic and dramatic. The front also showcases headlamps that are shaped in the signature “double J” daytime design, tastefully framed. The large intricate mesh grille contains the Jaguar emblem, proudly featured in front. At the lower end, there are similarly designed mesh air intakes in order to aid in the new Jaguar’s performance.
From the sides, there may not be contoured lines, showing the fact that Jaguar has not designed the XJ to give a sporty vibe but rather to have a strong, grounded and dominating road presence. Nevertheless, the door window sills are silver half-moon rimmed, giving an elegant feel. There are also dash signal lights featured on both the side mirrors for better indication while driving.
At the rear, striking taillights with signature J’ LED illuminated running lights and elliptical tailpipes accentuate the power of the XJ. To give its appearance a more dynamic touch, the roof line is designed in a way that it curves seamlessly with the rear windshield, which emphasizes the long, low and wide profile.
The multi-spoke 20-inch wheels are designed to look even bigger, giving the car a very grand appearance.
One of the most striking features of its body structure is that, even though the whole structure and chassis are made of aluminum, up to 50 percent of it is from recycled sources.
In-cabin feel of the new Jaguar XJ is something that needs to be experienced hands-on. It is designed to be both luxurious as well as sporty.
The whole interior is laden with exquisite material and quality craftsmanship. Everything is bathed in chrome and leather. The long dashboard displays all the essential technology and features that the driver and the passenger needs while out for a ride.
Due to its long wheel base and wide body stance, it has proved beneficial for the passengers as it has left more legroom and space for them to feel comfortable. The rear seats have over 3 feet of legroom, allowing a comfortable environment for those who wants to work on their way to the office or meeting, or those who just want to relax and stretch out.
The seats, dressed in premium leather with diamond jet stitching, are 18-way power adjustable and feature a soothing massage function. The three-spoke steering wheel is wrapped with leather all around, and chrome trims to complete the overall form.
In order to accentuate the spacious feel of the cabin, the panoramic sunroof is present that has features including heat-reflective glass panels, filtering UV rays, thus flooding the interior with natural, non-harmful light.
Engine Specifications and Performance
Other than being a luxury sedan, it definitely has something to offer when it comes to performance and power.
Under the hood, the Jaguar XJ hosts a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 that is capable of producing 340 horsepower, which is teamed to an 8-speed automatic transmission, giving a high performance, giving an immediate response even on low engine speeds. It has a 332 lb-ft. of torque and can accelerate from 0 to 60mpph in 5.7 seconds.
The Jaguar XJ is offered in short- or long-wheelbase versions starting at the V-6-powered XJ R-Sport, and up to the V-8-powered XJ Supercharged or XJR. All-wheel drive is available on V-6 models. There is also an option of having a 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine.
Other performance features that the Jaguar XJ includes the Adaptive Dynamic System, which monitors the speed, steering and body movement of the sedan up to 500 times in seconds and then modifies its suspension. This in turn keeps a check on its stability and comfort for the passengers.
The Active Differential in the Jaguar XJ detects wheel spin and varies the torque delivery to each rear wheel, enhancing both traction and cornering agility.
Luxuriously appointed, the Jaguar XJ is the pinnacle of the Jaguar sports sedans.
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Technological and Safety Features
When it comes to in cabin technological features, the Jaguar XJ has all the advanced features that are available, for navigational as well as infotainment needs.
Full TFT color display gauges are extremely visible in bright lights, and the color of the cluster can be adjusted. The 12.3-inch high-definition touchscreen helps to display all the informational and other needs of the driver and the passengers. In the XJ, this touchscreen has basically replaced the conventional instrument cluster.
The Jaguar XJ equipped with 20 crystal-clear 825-watt Meridian Speakers that are controlled by the touch screen in the center, which is quite responsive. As expected, it is equipped with navigation, vehicle settings, Bluetooth calling, Bluetooth streaming, and much more.
The fun does not stop in the front seats, there is a full fledge rear seats entertainment system with 10.2-inch screens on the front headrests, on which rear passengers can watch anything and enjoy their ride.
In terms of safety features, following are some of the features that can be found in the Jaguar XJ:
- ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
- Active Bonnet
- Adaptive Suspension Package
- 6 Airbags
- Anti-theft alarm
- BA (Brake Assist)
- Disc Brakes – Front Only
- Dynamic Stability Control
- EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution)
- Parking Sensors – Front and Rear
- Seatbelt Pre-tensioner – Front Only
- Speed Limiter
- Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
Price and Availability of the 2017 Jaguar XJ
The 2017 Jaguar XJ is available in the UAE with the starting price of AED 309, 000.
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