The Jaguar XJ first came out in 1968 sporting two straight-six engines: a 2.8-litre and 4.2-litre kind. The XJ has continued production up until 1992, and then it made a comeback in the mid-1990s. Production continued until 2003, with the X350-series XJ as the most recent model of its range. The latest XJ is more confident and innovative in its appearance, enabling more ease in the driver and the vehicle’s passengers. The brand’s revived marque is partly to thank for this new confidence, as it exudes Jaguar’s reputation for producing “fast, beautiful cars.”
The latest XJ is light years away from the previous generations. It does away with the long-slung three-box look of the saloon and instead treats the eyes to a 21st-century luxury car from Ian Callum’s vision. The XJ exudes such class through its aluminum chassis and body panels, which can only be found in the Audi A8. Another innovative design element of the XJ is its black-clad C-pillars that transition smoothly into the rear screen. The swage line also works with the rest of the vehicle’s aesthetic, as its line goes from the top of the front wheel arch and then disappears into the middle of the XJ. As a result, the model’s length is accentuated, providing a waisted look. Despite its heavy material, the XJ is quite light and still includes rear-wheel-drive among its features.
The XJ also includes handy equipment such as LED daylight running lights, automatic xenon bulbs, and LED rear lights as standard to all models. The wheelbase is also made longer by 125mm to better match the dynamics experienced in this latest model.
The latest XJ is no longer short on space, providing more than enough headroom and legroom at the rear and more than enough space for tall drivers up front. The driving position is a treat for car owners: there are gearshift paddles on the rear and the steering wheel sports a distinctive shape and size. The surfaces are all adorned with wood and leather, assuring passengers and car owners of supreme luxury. Then there’s the brand new digital dashboard display that has replaced the typical real analogue dials on most cars. The graphics are clear and the resolution so high you won’t get enough of playing with the XJ’s different features.
The XJ finally includes an upgraded version to the original 2.7-litre engine, which is now 3.-litres and has a high-output of 271bhp and 443lb ft in torque. As a result, the engine executes plent of speed and can accelerate from 110 to 130mph after just 12.4 seconds. Its 60mph sprint from standstill is timed at just 6.3 seconds; rushing to and from work will be no problem on the more open roads.
Although the interior impresses upon first look, there are some issues that have not been addressed from the previous XJ model. The interior still hasn’t captured the tactility its German competitors are known for. The extended brightwork aspect also tends to cause some blinding reflections, particularly when the panoramic roof shades are folded.
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