Jaguar's flagship sedan, the five-seat XJ, has exterior and interior design cues in the style of the XF sedan. The long-wheelbase XJL has 5 inches of extra rear legroom. The XJ competes in the full-size luxury class along with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS 460 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. New for 2013
The XJ gets a new base engine for 2013, a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 340 horsepower. This engine is available with a new all-wheel-drive system instead of traditional rear-wheel drive. All engines team with a new eight-speed automatic transmission and feature fuel-saving auto stop-start technology, which shuts the engine off when the car comes to a stop, restarting it when the brake pedal is released.
XJ models get an upgraded navigation and entertainment system, and come with one of two new Meridian premium stereos. Meanwhile, the XJ Supersport and XJ Supercharged models can have new optional performance packages that include updated aerodynamics and a higher top speed of 174 mph. Exterior
The XJ's nose represents a more balanced execution of the original XF's prominent mesh grille and sculpted headlight clusters. The hood is dramatically domed and creased, an apparent trend across the market.
Viewed from the rear, the XJ would be indistinguishable as a Jaguar were it not for the large centered chrome "leaper" emblem. The car looks coupe-like in profile, with a gradually sloping roofline, high rear deck and high belt line. It's more Mercedes-Benz CLS than traditional XJ. A notable feature is the blacked-out C-pillars (the pillars that flank the rear window). They give a floating-roof look that's drawn mixed reviews. Exterior features include LED taillights, dual exhaust, power trunk lid, panoramic glass roof, and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights (adaptive headlights available). Interior
The XJ's cabin has a modern design, with piano-black and chrome surfaces. The JaguarDrive gear selector motors up from the center console, and there are virtual gauges on a 12.3-inch display. Though the tech is high, the gauges still appear as classic analog, but different instruments can be emphasized based on conditions. It's a mix of old and new, something the interior as a whole attempts to accomplish with familiar rich leather as well as wood trim that runs in a continuous line from the door panels across the top of the dashboard. XJL models offer 5 more inches of backseat legroom. Interior features include a leather-covered dashboard, Meridian premium audio, and a navigation system with 8-inch touch-screen. Carbon fiber trim, heated and cooled front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are optional. Under the Hood
Although the XJ shares its power plants and eight-speed automatic transmission with the XF, Jaguar says the larger XJ's swift sprints come courtesy of a similar aerodynamic drag coefficient and lightweight aluminum construction. Mechanical features include:
- Standard 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6
- Available 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 385 hp
- Supercharged 5.0-liter engines make 470 hp in the Supercharged trim level and 510 hp in the Supersport and Ultimate
- JaguarDrive Control with Winter and Dynamic modes
- Standard rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive available with supercharged V-6 engine
- Suspension varies firmness as conditions dictate
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, front and rear parking sensors and backup camera, blind spot warning system, electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints.
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com