Hot on the heels of its first Australian deliveries in August, the new XJ will be front and centre at the Jaguar stand at this year’s Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. There are no less than eight different variants of this impressively exclusive car to chose from – with three engines, two wheelbase options and four different trim levels on the menu.
This car is a potent mix of refinement and performance. At the top of the range is a new 5.0-litre supercharged V8 pumping out a brain-bending 375kW and 625Nm in the ‘Supersport’ models.
One step back in the range is the ‘Portfolio’, which is available either with a de-tuned version of the same supercharged V8 making 346kW and 575Nm, or a normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 with 283kW and 515Nm. This ‘atmo’ engine is also available in the ‘Premium Luxury’ specification, together with a six-cylinder diesel that’s also a powerhouse with 202kW and an absolute mountain of torque from just 2000rpm – all 600Nm of it.
Top speed on all XJs is electronically limited to ‘just’ 250km/h. An innovative panoramic glass roof is integral to the XJ’s design. It makes the car appear even sleeker, and enhances the impression of light and space from within.
The roof caps off Jaguar’s aerospace-inspired lightweight aluminium body shell. Inside the car, advanced technology permeates the stunning cabin space.
There is a breathtaking 12.3-inch high-definition virtual instrument cluster and an eight-inch touchscreen that can project DVD movie vision or television to the passengers at the same time as the driver is viewing satellite navigation guidance instructions, or using the screen to review other vehicle functions.
A top-of-the-range 1200-watt Bowers & Wilkins surround audio system, standard on Portfolio and Supersport models, offers audio quality that’s up there with the best home theatre systems. The XJ features rear air suspension, continuously variable damping control, active differential control and quick ratio power steering to deliver the kind of refined, responsive ride and handling for which Jaguar is world-remowned.
Long-wheelbase XJs – a variation available in Premium Luxury and Supersport XJs – allow rear passengers really to stretch out thanks to an additional 125mm of rear legroom. And, for those unaccustomed to travelling light, the boot space is cavernous. Regardless of which wheelbase you elect, the XJ’s boot can accommodate two of even the largest suitcases – side-by-side.