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 2012 XJL Supersport models can now have a Rear Seat Comfort Package that offers seats that are heated, ventilated, massaging and reclining.
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 and perfectly centered chrome "leaper" emblem. The taillights look like someone grabbed a Bentley by the tail and stretched it vertically. 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 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:
XJL Supersport models can now have a Rear Seat Comfort Package that offers seats that are heated, ventilated, massaging and reclining.
- LED taillights
- Dual exhaust
- Power-opening trunk lid
- Panoramic glass roof
- Rear spoiler
- Available adaptive headlights
The interior of the XJ has a more 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. Interior features include:
- Standard heated and ventilated front seats
- XJL models offer 5 more inches of backseat legroom
- Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Standard leather-covered dashboard
- Standard premium stereo with HD radio, auxiliary inputs and hard drive storage
- Standard navigation system with 8-inch touch-screen
- Optional carbon fiber dash and door insert
Under the Hood
Although the XJ shares its direct-injection power plants and six-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 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 385 horsepower
- Supercharged 5.0-liter engines make 470 hp in the Supercharged trim level and 510 hp in the Supersport
- JaguarDrive Control with Winter and Dynamic modes
- Standard air-spring suspension that varies firmness as conditions dictate
Safety features include:
- Standard antilock brakes
- Standard front and rear parking sensors and backup camera
- Standard blind spot warning system
- Standard electronic stability system
- Standard front seat belts that cinch up under heavy braking or aggressive cornering
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