Jaguar has unveiled local pricing and specification detail for the upcoming XJ sedan range in Australia.
Designed from the outset to be ‘the most dynamic, distinctive luxury saloon’ in the class, the MY16 XJ will go on-sale on 1 November 2016 with a starting price of $199,900, plus on-road costs.
Apart from the stylistic and infotainment upgrades (which include a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster with full-screen navigation capability, seamless phone connectivity, adaptive cruise, 360-degree camera and 26-speaker, 1300-watt Meridian audio), the updated Jaguar XJ gains a powered-up 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 which generates some 221kW at 4000rpm and 700Nm at 2000rpm. This tops the 202kW/600Nm of the MY2015 Jaguar XJ. It promises 0-100km/h in 6.2sec.
Other drivetrain options for the rear-drive, all-aluminium salon include a 250kW at 6500rpm, 450Nm from 3500-5000rpm 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6 and a blown 5.0-litre V8 petrol offering 375kW between 6000-6500rpm and 625Nm from 2500-5500rpm. A further tuned 5.0-litre produces 404kW from 6000-6500rpm and 680Nm (less than the entry-spec diesel!) from 3500-4000rpm for 0-100km/h in 4.6sec. All are equipped with the venerable ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Electronically-assisted power steering has also been included and is said to increase responsiveness and feedback (though it’s economy benefits are the primary driver), though given the hit-and-miss EPAS roll-outs in the past, we’d like to reserve judgement on that.
The XJ adapts the all-surface progress control system from the XE, which is said to vastly improve slippery-surface traction. Rather than being reactive like most traction systems, the Jaguar item ‘works like a low-speed cruise control’. The system offers super-fine throttle control while manipulating braking pressure to ensure maximum drive.
Joining the range are the new R-Sport and Autobiography models, expanding on the existing XJ Premium Luxury, Portfolio and XJR variants.