Jaguar revealed their updated 2016 XJ sedans today, with the all-aluminum flagship getting updated styling, a more powerful diesel engine, an all-new infotainment system and a host of electronic driving aids.
The big cat gets subtly updated styling with a more prominent upright grill and LED head- and taillights. A new top-of-the-line trim level, Autobiography, further ups the style on long wheelbase models with chrome accented air intakes and 20-inch Mataiva wheels.
Under the hood, the new XJ gets a revised 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 diesel that makes 271 hp (275 PS) that can propel the sedan from 0-60 in a Jaguar-claimed 5.9 seconds. The diesel also complies with Euro 6 emissions standards. The diesel will not be available in the U.S.
The same gasoline-powered engines remain available for the XJ: a 236 hp (240 PS) 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 340 hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and a 470 hp or 550 hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. All engines are mated to one of two eight-speed automatic transmissions. The turbocharged four-cylinder is also not available in the U.S.
Inside, the XJ’s infotainment system is all-new and features an 8-inch display that allows for home page customization and pinch-to-zoom functionality that is common in most smartphones. The system, called InControl Touch Pro, features door-to-door navigation with public transportation options and offers two modes to assist in daily commutes. Commute Mode learns the driver’s commute to work and can suggest alternative routes to avoid traffic and Approach Mode shows a 360-degree view of the destination and can find empty parking spots.
The system can also be controlled from a smartphone using available apps that can tell if the doors are locked, show how much gas is in the tank, direct the owner to where the car is parked, turn on the engine and climate control, track the car if it’s been stolen and notify emergency services if the car has been involved in an accident.
The car can also act as a wi-fi hotspot.
The XJ will feature Jaguar’s All-Surface Progress Control, a low-speed cruise control that helps the driver keep traction in slippery conditions. It also comes with adaptive cruise control, vehicle proximity sensing, parking assist and traffic sign recognition.
The 2016 XJ will go on sale in Fall 2015 and will be available in Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio, R-Sport, XJR, and Autobiography trims. Pricing hasn’t yet been released.
Check out this TFLcar video review of the 2015 Jaguar XJL AWD: