Jaguar has announced a range of enhancements to its XJ luxury sports saloon. The 2018 model year (2018MY) updates include the introduction of the XJR575 performance flagship model, a host of technology upgrades and the addition of the latest intelligent safety features.

The new XJR575 is the most dynamic derivative in the line-up and delivers 423kW and 700Nm of torque for effortless acceleration and refinement. The 19kW uplift in power is delivered by Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine and powers the luxury sports saloon from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds and to a top speed of 300km/h.

Available in standard-wheelbase, the XJR575 reinforces the XJR’s standing as Jaguar’s fastest XJ saloon. Customers will be able to choose between two bespoke exterior colour finishes created at Special Vehicle Operations’ state-of-the-art Oxford Road facility: Velocity Blue and Satin Corris Grey.

Tailor-made exterior details include a rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes featuring Gloss Black surrounds. Updated XJR575 exterior badging and twin bonnet louvres mark the vehicle out from the rest of the range while 20-inch Farallon gloss-black wheels with red painted brake callipers are the final dynamic flourish.

Inside the XJR575 features bespoke embossed tread plates, 575 intaglio and diamond-quilted seating available in Jet/Jet and Ivory/Jet colour options and finished with additional 575 branding.

For 2018MY the XJ features a number of technology upgrades which enhance connectivity with 4G Wi-Fi capability, allowing occupants to stay online on the move with as many as eight devices.

In addition, the central console now features a larger 10-inch touchscreen. As well as giving customers greater clarity, the bigger screen functions like a smartphone allowing occupants to pinch and zoom when using satellite navigation and create custom homepages for shortcuts to favoured features.

Jaguar’s saloon car line-up promises strong safety credentials and the 2018MY XJ features the latest intelligent safety technologies. Forward Traffic Detection is designed to assist drivers when forward visibility is restricted, for example when pulling out of blind junctions.

Lane Keep Assist is able to determine the car’s lane position and monitor steering inputs. If the vehicle drifts out of its lane without indicating, the system applies gentle steering torque to correct the movement and prevent the unintended lane-change. In addition, Driver Condition Monitor is able to identify periods of little or no steering activity followed by sudden or excessive inputs – a clear indication of driver fatigue – and display multi-stage visual warnings to prompt the driver to take a break.

The pedestrian safety bar is raised further by Jaguar’s advanced Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which provides superior functionality with the introduction of Pedestrian Detection. The system operates from 5-60km/h and uses an advanced forward-facing stereo digital camera to spot hazards, automatically applying the brakes when the risk of a collision is detected.

The XJ is the pinnacle of Jaguar’s saloon car line-up. The luxury sports saloon delivers an unrivalled combination of Jaguar design and driving dynamics along with the ultimate in luxury refinement for drivers and passengers.

The authoritative yet elegant design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture. Its low-slung coupe-like stance, precise lines and carefully judged proportions ensure it is instantly recognisable as a Jaguar from any angle.

Inside, customers experience a perfect combination of intricate handmade details and beautifully crafted materials such as semi-aniline leather and inlay veneers alongside advanced technology. Rear occupants benefit from over a metre of legroom in long wheelbase models.

For 2018MY a new XJR575 performance flagship is available, with a number of unique exterior and interior design cues including two unique paint colours created by Special Vehicle Operations. Meanwhile, a distinctive 575 intaglio and diamond-quilted seating finished with additional 575 branding set the interior apart.

“The Jaguar XJ is the largest model in our saloon car line-up and retains the physical presence and graceful design customers expect from a Jaguar flagship. Anyone who sees this car immediately knows it is both great to drive and to sit in. The intricate details inside and out give owners and passengers the feeling that they are in the presence of something truly special.” Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

Creating a dynamic and refined driving experience has always been key to the Jaguar XJ’s appeal. Advanced Adaptive Dynamics dampers adjust to suit the conditions and driving style by monitoring the car up to 500 times a second. Analysing acceleration, cornering, throttle and brake pedal activity, and working alongside the air suspension system, the intelligent set-up improves body control in dynamic driving without compromising ride comfort.

The XJR575 features a unique version of Jaguar’s legendary 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. Delivering 423kW and 700Nm of torque, the engine powers the car from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 300km/h. The 19kW power increase is the result of enhanced engine calibration.

Subtle changes have been made to the exterior design of the Jaguar XJ, accentuated by full LED headlights, add to the XJ’s already distinctive looks. Materials such as semi-aniline leather and rich oak inlay veneers enhance an interior already considered the most luxurious in the segment. Matching this traditional craftsmanship is state-of-the-art technology, including a new infotainment system. InControl Touch Pro offers features such as a new-look fast response navigation system, 1300W Meridian digital reference audio. The driving experience is better than ever, thanks to a V6 diesel engine which offers more power and torque and less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and an electric power-assisted steering system that enhances Jaguar’s reputation for unrivalled agility and responsiveness.

“More dynamic and distinctive than ever, we've engineered our flagship saloon to deliver even greater levels of luxury and performance. “Featuring our new world-class infotainment system, interior materials and finishes which create an even more bespoke feel, and with our higher output, lower emissions diesel engine, the XJ rewards drivers and passengers like no other luxury car.” said Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XJ.

The new XJ features a larger, more upright grille, while sculpted chrome blades in the outboard air intakes emphasise the car’s mature, prestigious character. The full LED headlights accentuate the ‘quad lamp’ design feature that Jaguar sporting sedans have made their own. They are further enhanced with active front steer- and static bend lamp functions, and auto high beam-assist. LED headlights also provide a colour temperature closer to that of daylight than Bi-Xenon lamps, improving visibility and driver comfort, and are also more energy-efficient. Twin ‘J-Blade’ daytime running lights are a unique feature to XJ, befitting its status in the Jaguar saloon car range. The white light instantly and seamlessly changes to orange when the direction indicator is operated.

The LED rear lights feature a new J-signature tail and position light graphic, making the XJ even more distinctive. The rear bumper now features a gloss black valance and a slender chrome insert. New LED taillights and oval exhaust finishers complete the look. The XJ’s peerless interior design has been taken to the next level. So luxurious has it become that the outgoing Portfolio trim is now used for the Premium Luxury model. The new Portfolio gains quilted soft-grain leather seats with diamond stitching and embossed headrests, and figured ebony veneer. The Autobiography model, new to XJ in the 2016 model year and available only with the long-wheelbase body, can be identified on the outside by chrome front bumper air intakes and 20” Mataiva wheels. Inside, there’s a unique Autobiography Intaglio, quilted semi-aniline leather seats with contrasting stitching, a leather headliner, rich oak inlay veneer, and illuminated stainless steel treadplates, air vents and boot finisher.

The new R-Sport model features a three-piece front splitter, deep side sills, side power vents and a rear spoiler. A gloss black finish enhances the grille mesh, rear valance and, as standard in select markets, the window finishers. Wheels are 20” Venom. The interior gains sports seats, R-Sport steering wheel and treadplates, Jet headliner and piano black trim.

The new Jaguar XJ range will consist of: XJ Premium Luxury, XJ Portfolio, XJ R-Sport, XJR, XJ Autobiography. The powertrain range will consist of: 220kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel automatic; RWD, 250kW 3.0-litre V6 petrol automatic; RWD, 375 and 404kW 5.0-litre V8 petrol automatic; RWD. Alongside the F-TYPE sports car and all-new XF saloon, the XJ is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant.

More performance, more refinement, more efficiency: the latest 3.0-litre V6 diesel features a host of new technologies designed to boost output and reduce emissions. Now Euro 6 compliant, this outstanding engine develops an extraordinary 700Nm and can accelerate the XJ from 0-100kph in just 6.2 seconds and yet returns 149g/km CO2 on the European combined cycle. The XJ’s sense of effortless performance is taken to an even higher level thanks to the latest-generation V6 diesel. Smoother and quieter than ever, this power unit gains even more sophisticated common rail and turbocharging systems, boosting power and torque from 202kW/600Nm to 220kW/700Nm. The extra torque not only improves responsiveness, it also delivers greater efficiency, helping to reduce emissions from 159g/km to 149g/km CO2.

New eight-hole piezo injectors ensure that fuel is delivered into the combustion chambers with even greater precision and control, while increasing the maximum injection pressure to 2,000bar ensures even better mixture formation. All of this leads to reduced fuel consumption and emissions, and higher output. The innovative parallel-sequential boosting system receives more aerodynamically-efficient turbochargers, while the primary turbo now features highly-advanced ceramic ball bearing technology: the reduced friction means even better launch performance and transient response because torque builds up even more rapidly than before. Engine efficiency is improved too. A switchable coolant pump and dual-stage oil pump ensure faster warm-up and reduced parasitic losses. And the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system now features a cooled low-pressure circuit in addition to the high-pressure circuit: this enables inherently low emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) as well as reduced pumping losses across a wider range of the engine’s operating map.

Complementing the improved EGR system is a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. Injecting a urea solution upstream of a highly-efficient SCR catalyst converts NOx into nitrogen and water, ensuring that the new XJ meets Euro 6 exhaust emissions regulations. The new XJ also offers the familiar range of all-aluminium V6 and V8 petrol engines. All feature direct injection, variable valve timing, forced induction and intelligent stop-start systems to deliver high performance with remarkable efficiency. The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 develops 250kW/450Nm and is available in rear -wheel drive. Characterised by its linear power delivery and free-revving nature, this remarkable engine also delivers a unique soundtrack thanks to meticulously-tuned intake and exhaust systems.

The top engine option remains the 5.0-litre V8. Offered in 375kW/625Nm and 404kW/680Nm ratings, this exceptional engine delivers all of the performance promised by the XJ’s dramatic styling. All powertrains feature a specifically-optimised eight-speed automatic from ZF. Each has been developed to provide the perfect balance of unrivalled launch performance, shift comfort, dynamics and efficiency. Two variants of the 8HP transmission family are offered in the new XJ: the familiar 8HP70 transmission and the lighter, more compact 8HP45.

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 XJ is no exception, and this latest generation also benefits from the adoption of electric power assistance for the steering system: hydraulic systems have reached the limit of their potential. Years of development and testing, plus meticulous tuning work, mean that EPAS is now ready for Jaguar’s flagship saloon. The system’s ability to filter-out steering disturbances from poor road surfaces and compensate for road camber make the steering feel smoother and more precise than ever. Friction has also been engineered-out, improving steering feel and responsiveness still further.

Unlike hydraulic systems, EPAS only uses energy when the driver turns the wheel, so the reduction in parasitic losses helps to reduce fuel consumption by up to three per cent on the European combined cycle. A new-look fast response Navigation system, seamless smartphone connectivity and Meridian digital audio systems take the new XJ’s infotainment to the next level. Designed and developed without compromise, the new XJ’s InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system is truly state-of-the art. Conceived in-house and built around a quad-core Intel processor, 60GB solid-state drive, InControl Touch Pro can handle massive amounts of data and is exceptionally powerful and responsive. At the same time, the system is simple and intuitive to use. At its heart is an eight-inch capacitive touchscreen. Just like a smartphone, the home screen can be customised – there’s a choice of wallpaper images, while widgets can be used to shortcut to favourite features and functions. Extra home pages can be added, if desired.

Just like smartphones, 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 60GB 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 delivers a full-screen navigation display in the new XJ’s reconfigurable full TFT instrument cluster.

Equal attention has been paid to audio system performance. The new XJ offers three 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. 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 XJ is the latest Jaguar to offer InControl Apps, an innovative, intuitive technology that enables customers to seamlessly connect Apple and Android smartphones to the vehicle’s infotainment system, via a USB cable. InControl Apps provides access to compatible apps on the device using the vehicle’s touchscreen.

The new XJ benefits from technologies that can improve traction in difficult conditions and take the effort out of stop-start traffic or parking in tight spaces, making the driving experience even more relaxing, enjoyable and safe. Already proven in the XE, the new XJ becomes the latest Jaguar to benefit from the revolutionary All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC) technology. Designed to help drivers to pull away smoothly and without drama on very low friction surfaces, ASPC is a unique system which can make it easier and safer to drive a powerful rear-wheel drive car at low speeds on slippery surfaces such as snow, ice and wet grass. Conventional traction control systems attempt to modulate what happens once the wheels begin to slip – that’s usually too late. ASPC is fundamentally different, and leverages decades of Jaguar Land Rover’s knowledge and experience in off-road technologies.

ASPC works like a low-speed cruise control and can operate between 3.6km/h and 30km/h. The system is activated by pressing a button on the centre console and then the driver uses the cruise control switches on the steering wheel to set the maximum speed. After that, ASPC does all the hard work: the driver just has to steer. What makes ASPC so effective is that it doesn’t just provide fine control of the throttle: it also uses the brakes in opposition to the throttle. So from a standstill, only very low engine torque is applied to the driven wheels, enabling smooth progress with little or no wheel spin. ASPC is compatible with rear- and all-wheel drive and is made even more effective by the fitment of winter tyres.

The new queue assist function for the adaptive cruise control system has been designed to take even more of the effort and monotony out of driving in heavy traffic. Using a long-range radar sensor, the system can now maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, all the way down to a standstill. Building on the safety benefits of blind spot monitoring, the closing vehicle sensing system uses radar sensors and has a far greater range. The system can alert the driver to the presence of vehicles approaching fast from behind when changing lanes by displaying a flashing icon in the door mirror. The adoption of electric power-assisted steering enables the new XJ to offer semi-autonomous park-assist functions for both bay and parallel parking. Ultrasonic sensors measure the space first and, if it’s long enough, the system enables the car to manoeuvre itself into position – and, in the case of parallel parking, out again. The driver just controls the accelerator, brakes and transmission.

In addition, there’s a surround camera system: four cameras combine to give a 360° view of the area around the car, including a plan view, to make manoeuvring easier and safer. 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.

Technical Data

 

XJ 3.0 Diesel 221kW

XJ 3.0 Diesel 221kW LWB

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

 

Engine capacity (cc)

2,993

Cylinders

6 in-vee

Valves per cylinder

4; DOHC

Bore/ stroke (mm)

84.0/ 90.0

Compression ratio

16.1:1

Fuel injection

2,000bar common rail

Boosting system

Parallel-sequential turbocharging

Power kW

220 @ 4,000rpm

Torque Nm

700 @ 2,000rpm

Transmission

ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic

Gear ratios (:1)

 

1st

4.714

2nd

3.143

3rd

2.106

4th

1.667

5th

1.285

6th

1.000

7th

0.839

8th

0.667

Reverse

3.317

Final Drive

2.44

CHASSIS

 

Front suspension

Double wishbone

Rear suspension

Double wishbone

Steering

Rack-and-pinion; electromechanical power-assisted

DIMENSIONS

 

Length (mm)

5,130

5,255

Width inc./ excl. mirrors (mm)

2,105/ 1,899

2,105/ 1,899

Height (mm)

1,460

1,460

Wheelbase (mm)

3,032

3,157

Track front/ rear (mm)

1,626/ 1,604

1,626/ 1,604

Kerbweight (kg)

From 1,835

From 1,860

Fuel tank; usable (litres)

77

77

PERFORMANCE &
FUEL ECONOMY

 

0-60mph (sec)

5.9

0-100km/h (sec)

6.2

Top speed (km/h)

250

Fuel consumption (litres/100km) EU combined

5.7

CO2 emissions (g/km)
EU combined

149

Technical Data

 

XJ 3.0 Supercharged petrol 250kW

XJ 3.0 Supercharged petrol 250kW LWB

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

 

Engine capacity (cc)

2,995

Cylinders

6 in-vee

Valves per cylinder

4; DOHC, variable inlet and exhaust cam timing

Bore/ stroke (mm)

84.5/ 89.0

Compression ratio

10.5:1

Fuel injection

150 bar direct injection

Boosting system

Twin-Vortex supercharger

Power kW

250 @ 6,500rpm

Torque Nm

450 @ 3,500-5,000rpm

Transmission

ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic

Gear ratios (:1)

 

1st

4.714

2nd

3.143

3rd

2.106

4th

1.667

5th

1.285

6th

1.000

7th

0.839

8th

0.667

Reverse

3.295

Final Drive

2.73

CHASSIS

 

Front suspension

Double wishbone

Rear suspension

Double wishbone

Steering

Rack-and-pinion; electromechanical power-assisted

DIMENSIONS

 

Length (mm)

5,130

5,255

Width inc./ excl. mirrors (mm)

2,105/ 1,899

2,105/ 1,899

Height (mm)

1,460

1,460

Wheelbase (mm)

3,032

3,157

Track front/ rear (mm)

1,626/ 1,604

1,626/ 1,604

Kerbweight (kg)

From 1,765

From 1,775

Fuel tank; usable (litres)

80

80

PERFORMANCE &
FUEL ECONOMY

 

0-60mph (sec)

5.7

0-100km/h (sec)

5.9

Top speed (km/h)

250

Fuel consumption (litres/100km) EU combined

9.1

CO2 emissions (g/km)
EU combined

211

Technical Data

 

XJ 5.0 Supercharged petrol 375kW

XJ 5.0 Supercharged petrol 375kW LWB

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

 

Engine capacity (cc)

5,000

Cylinders

V8 Supercharged

Valves per cylinder

4; DOHC, variable inlet and exhaust cam timing

Bore/ stroke (mm)

92.5/ 93.0

Compression ratio

9.5:1

Fuel injection

150 bar direct injection

Boosting system

Twin-Vortex supercharger

Power PS kW

375 @ 6,000-6,500rpm

Torque Nm

625 @ 2,500-5,500rpm

Transmission

ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic

Gear ratios (:1)

 

1st

4.714

2nd

3.143

3rd

2.106

4th

1.667

5th

1.285

6th

1.000

7th

0.839

8th

0.667

Reverse

3.317

Final Drive

2.56

CHASSIS

 

Front suspension

Double wishbone

Rear suspension

Double wishbone

Steering

Rack-and-pinion; electromechanical power-assisted

DIMENSIONS

 

Length (mm)

5,130

5,255

Width inc./ excl. mirrors (mm)

2,105/ 1,899

2,105/ 1,899

Height (mm)

1,460

1,460

Wheelbase (mm)

3,032

3,157

Track front/ rear (mm)

1,626/ 1,604

1,626/ 1,604

Kerbweight (kg)

From 1,875

From 1,885

Fuel tank; usable (litres)

80

80

PERFORMANCE &
FUEL ECONOMY

 

0-60mph (sec)

4.7

0-100km/h (sec)

4.9

Top speed (km/h)

250

Fuel consumption (litres/100km) EU combined

11.1

CO2 emissions (g/km)
EU combined

264

Technical Data

 

XJ 5.0 Supercharged petrol 404kW

XJ 5.0 Supercharged petrol 404kW LWB

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

 

Engine capacity (cc)

5,000

Cylinders

V8 Supercharged

Valves per cylinder

4; DOHC, variable inlet and exhaust cam timing

Bore/ stroke (mm)

92.5/ 93.0

Compression ratio

9.5:1

Fuel injection

150 bar direct injection

Boosting system

Twin-Vortex supercharger

Power PS (kW)

404 @ 6,000-6,500rpm

Torque Nm (lb ft)

680 @ 3,500-4,000rpm

Transmission

ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic

Gear ratios (:1)

 

1st

4.714

2nd

3.143

3rd

2.106

4th

1.667

5th

1.285

6th

1.000

7th

0.839

8th

0.667

Reverse

3.317

Final Drive

2.56

CHASSIS

 

Front suspension

Double wishbone

Rear suspension

Double wishbone

Steering

Rack-and-pinion; electromechanical power-assisted

DIMENSIONS

 

Length (mm)

5,130

5,255

Width inc./ excl. mirrors (mm)

2,105/ 1,899

2,105/ 1,899

Height (mm)

1,460

1,460

Wheelbase (mm)

3,032

3,157

Track front/ rear (mm)

1,626/ 1,604

1,626/ 1,604

Kerbweight (kg)

From 1,875

From 1,885

Fuel tank; usable (litres)

80

80

PERFORMANCE &
FUEL ECONOMY

 

0-60mph (sec)

4.4

0-100km/h (sec)

4.6

Top speed (km/h)

280

Fuel consumption (litres/100km) EU combined

11.1

CO2 emissions (g/km)
EU combined

264

The new Jaguar XJ 2016 goes on sale from 1 November 2015 with a starting recommended retail price of $199,900.