All-New Flagship Jaguar XJL
The latest all-new Jaguar renderings are the flagship XJ and XJL luxury sedans.? These cars display new levels of style and quality that should land them on many ?best looking? and ?best car? lists.
Long, low and sleek the XJ has lines like its name sake, the Jaguar cat. The design team, headed by Ian Callum, created a full-size car with a cat-like stance that looks much longer than the previous XL, but it?s only one inch longer.? The XJ has a wide track, short front and rear overhangs which combined result in one of the most aerodynamically efficient Jaguars ever.
In the center stack, an eight-inch touch-screen provides controls for the navigation, audio and vehicle set-up.? This allowed the number of conventional controls to be minimized.? The driver can also control various systems with the Interactive Voice? control system that utilizes an intuitive approach to coach the proper controls and making the driver more comfortable with the system.
The two basic XJ models, XJ and the longer XJL are available with three engine choices, which also enhance features and trim ? XJ, Supercharged and Supersport.? The XJ Supersport, which is available only by customer order, adds features like a leather headliner, semi-aniline leather seats and real wood with laser-generated inlays.
The XJL has a longer wheelbase, which adds about five inches legroom to the rear seat. Our test car was the longer XJL model, so we had to spend time practicing sitting in the back seat.? We really needed our granddaughter, the princess, to sit regally in the back so we could do what we liked best ? drive.
The three engine choices include a 385-hp 5.0-liter naturally aspired V-8, a 470-hp supercharged version of the same engine and for someone wanting maximum performance and opulence, there is the 510-hp supercharged V-8 in the XJ Supersport.? The Supersport engine propels this big sedan from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, while the naturally aspired engine still produces a very impressive 5.1-second time.?? Each engine drives the rear wheels through a precise six-speed automatic transmission with wheel mounted paddle shifters available for more driver control.? Fuel economy is 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the supercharged models and 16/23 mpg for the natural aspired version.
Our Jaguar XJL test car was a blast to drive.? It feels more like driving a sports car than a big luxury sedan.? The power delivery is instant, the steering exact and the brakes feel like an anchor was thrown out and grabbed onto a tree.? Someone in the market for a full size luxury car should not miss driving this one.
Jaguar has enhanced the ownership experience too, with a five-year, 50,000 mile Platinum Coverage program that includes extras like complimentary scheduled maintenance and no-cost replacement of specific wear and tear components like brake pads, brake disks, wiper blades, etc.