LUXURY CAT: New Jaguar XJ range arrives later this year with small style revisions, updated cabin spec and new R-Sport and Autobiography variants.
LUXURY CAT: New Jaguar XJ range arrives later this year with small style revisions, updated cabin spec and new R-Sport and Autobiography variants.

Jaguar's updated XJ range roars louder

HOT on the heels of last week's new BMW 7 Series reveal, the Brits have struck back with Jaguar's latest XJ luxury offering.  

The all-aluminium executive sedan has been given a refresh, with key highlights including a larger front grille, new LED headlights and rear lights for the outside, while a new InControl Touch Pro 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is part of an impressive audio/visual cabin setup.  

Propelling the stylish luxobarge is a revised 3.0-litre V6 diesel upping power from 202kW to 220kW and torque from 600Nm to 700Nm, meaning the 0-100kmh dash is dispensed with in 6.2-seconds.  

The rear-wheel drive XJ range also keeps the same supercharged 3.0-litre V6 and 5.0-litre V8 petrol engines as the old model, peaking at 404kW and 680Nm in the range topping XJR and helping it to 100kmh in just 4.6 seconds.

SPORTING PALACE: Jaguar XJR has supercharged 5.0-litre V8 and hits 100kmh in just 4.6-seconds.
SPORTING PALACE: Jaguar XJR has supercharged 5.0-litre V8 and hits 100kmh in just 4.6-seconds.

Eyebrows raised? Such acceleration puts it on a par with a Porsche 911 Carrera, yet you won't find a metre of rear leg room, 10.2-inch HD screens and folding business tables in the back of your 911. Rule Britannia.  

The new XJ range consists of Premium Luxury, Portfolio, R-Sport, XJR and Autobiography models. The latter is new for the 2016 model year and is available with long-wheelbase body only, and comes with quilted semi-aniline leather seats, leather headliner, rich oak inlay veneer, 20-inch wheels and chrome front bumper air intakes.  

The other newbie is the R-Sport with its three-piece front splitter, rear spoiler, gloss black finishes, 20-inch wheels, sports seats and R-Sport steering wheel.  

ENGLAND v GERMANY: Jag takes on the big German rivals Mercedes S Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8
ENGLAND v GERMANY: Jag takes on the big German rivals Mercedes S Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8

The updated range also includes a new electric power-assisted steering system which Jag says improves responsiveness and driver feedback; plus there are more driver assistance goodies including the XJ being able to steer iteself into a parking space.  

For such VIP transport you'll also need a VIP bank balance. The XJ range starts from $199,990 before on-roads and hits showrooms on November 1 2015.  

BUSINESS CLASS: New InControl Touch Pro 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is part of an impressive audio/visual cabin setup.
BUSINESS CLASS: New InControl Touch Pro 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is part of an impressive audio/visual cabin setup.


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