natural & supercharged
470 & 510 hp
94, & 102 hp per liter
(from Jaguar Press
Release) Jaguar Introduces All-New XJ Sedan Range for 2011
Jaguar has introduced an
all-new XJ sedan range for 2011, blending the sleek lines of the
brand’s new design language with its latest generation engines and
chassis systems. Six model variants include standard and
long-wheelbase (XJL) versions, the latter adding an additional five
inches of rear legroom. The XJ’s interior is the most luxurious ever
offered in a Jaguar, blending the latest infotainment technology and
a wide choice of leather and wood finishes.
The all-new 2011 XJ is very much a driver’s car, agile and spirited,
but without compromise to comfort. The model range includes the XJ
with a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8; the XJ Supercharged with a
470-hp supercharged version of the engine, and the
limited-production XJ Supersport powered by a 510-hp supercharged
version. An XJ Supersport can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just
4.7 seconds yet is not subject to the Federal “gas guzzler” tax.
The new XJ is based on the next-generation of Jaguar’s lightweight
vehicle architecture. Primarily aluminum, but also utilizing
magnesium and composite alloys, it yields a significantly lighter
and stiffer body structure than one built from steel. The
construction technique employs the same aerospace-based riveting and
bonding processes refined by Jaguar on the XK models and
previous-generation XJ sedans.
New for 2011, all Jaguar models come standard with Jaguar Platinum
Coverage, which includes for 5 years or 50,000 miles (which ever
comes first) complimentary scheduled maintenance, no-cost
replacement of basic wear and tear items including: brake pads and
discs, oil and brake fluid changes and wiper blade inserts, 5
year/50,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and 24/7 roadside
All 2011 XJ models are
powered by variants of the AJ-V8 Gen III 5.0-liter V8 first
introduced on the 2010 XF and XK models. The all-aluminum four-cam
Jaguar V8 engines combine high power with high efficiency, thanks to
such technologies as spray-guided direct fuel injection and dual
independent variable cam timing, plus a variable inlet manifold on
the naturally aspirated engine. On the XJ Supercharged and
Supersport models, a twin vortex system (TVS) supercharger and twin
water-cooled intercoolers are efficiently packaged in the engine’s
All XJ engines have 15,000-mile or one-year service intervals with
free scheduled maintenance for the first 5 years or 50,000 miles
courtesy of Jaguar Platinum Coverage.
All Jaguar XJ models employ an electronically controlled, fully
adaptive six-speed automatic transmission with the unique cast-alloy
JaguarDrive Selector™ as well as the Jaguar Sequential Shift™
function operated by steering-wheel paddles. The illuminated
stop/start button pulsates like a heartbeat until pressed, when, as
part of the XJ’s “handshake” sequence, the JaguarDrive Selector
rises from the center console. The JaguarDrive Selector lowers
automatically when the engine is stopped.
Bold, Confident Exterior;
Architectural Interior Design
The nose of the XJ
follows Jaguar’s new design language, with a powerful mesh grille
and slim standard xenon headlights creating a strong road presence.
The strong, muscular lower half of the car is contrasted with the
slim and graceful quality of the roofline. The wrap-around rear
window gives the impression of an exotic "floating" roof. A
panoramic glass roof, standard on all XJ models, enhances the sense
of light and space inside the all-new XJ.
Inside the XJ, the clean, simple form of the leather-wrapped
instrument panel sitting low across the vehicle dominates. At the
sides, bold architectural wood sweeps forward from the rear doors
through the front doors, meeting at center of the upper dashboard.
An analog clock inspired by luxury wristwatches is located in the
center of the lower dashboard. The panoramic glass roof opening
mechanism slides the front glass panel upwards and outwards,
preserving headroom. The roof’s dark tint and reflective coating
help limit heat gain, and twin electric blinds provide another level
of privacy and sun screening.
A 12.3-inch high-definition screen displays “virtual gauges” to
provide the functions of traditional instrument dials. The center
dial houses a speedometer, flanked on either side by a tachometer,
and an information window with fuel and temperature gauges. When
required, the tachometer fades to temporarily display a required
warning message or menu -- for example, if fuel is running low, or
to operate the Interactive VoiceTM control. When the driver selects
the XJ’s Dynamic mode, the dials change to a red hue and feature a
bold gear position indicator that glows red as engine speed rises.
An 8-inch touch-screen display in the center console provides easy
access to many of the XJ’s functions, including climate control,
audio, communications and navigation. Jaguar's latest-generation
Interactive VoiceTM control system provides easy control of the
standard Bluetooth®, navigation or audio systems.
A full secondary
bulkhead, laminated windshield and door glass, streamlined
aerodynamics and an optimized body structure endow the 2011 XJ with
a tranquil cabin. When driven enthusiastically, however, the XJ
projects an inspiring engine soundtrack. Luxurious leather adorns
all of the main interior surfaces, including the seats, the
instrument panel, door tops, center console and armrests.
Twin-needle stitching highlights seams on the seats, and each door
panel integrates a storage compartment inspired by high-quality,
hand-stitched designer briefcases. The limited-production XJ
Supersport model features a leather headliner, semi-aniline leather
seats and woods with laser-generated inlays.
The XJ’s range of daring color and trim selections, accented by
elegant switchgear and soft blue lighting, offers increased interior
personalization. Eight different mirror-matched woods are available,
depending on model, and carbon fiber and piano black finishes are
also available. The four spherical dash vents contrast a high-gloss
piano black finish with chromed metal trim, a combination repeated
on the center console.
The regular-wheelbase XJ model has a standard dual-zone automatic
climate control system; all others have a four-zone system, with
separate controls and ventilation outlets for the left and right
rear seat passengers. All XJ models come standard with heated and
cooled front seats and heated rear seats and heated steering wheel.
Massage front seats and cooled rear seats are also standard or
available, depending on model.
The all-new XJ comes
standard with a CD/DVD player, HD radio, and a SIRIUSTM satellite
radio receiver. In addition, the Media Hub provides flexible
connectivity through two USB ports, Bluetooth v2.0 audio streaming
and an auxiliary input jack, which all allow the user to connect
iPods®, iPhonesTM and Blackberries®, for example. The audio unit
utilizes a 30GB hard-disc-drive (HDD) system, so that music from CDs
can be loaded onto the HDD for later listening. Gracenotes provides
artist and track recognition.
A 7.1 surround sound system by the renowned British audio
manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins is standard on Supercharged and
Supersport models and optional on the naturally aspirated XJ and XJL.
This 1,200-watt audio system combines 20 speakers powered through 15
channels and state-of-the-art sound processing technology. The first
automotive application of the Audyssey MultEQ XT® audio tuning
system – adapted from high-end home theater applications – digitally
corrects imperfections to deliver accurate and distortion-free sound
for all seating positions. In addition, the new XJ’s Bowers &
Wilkins audio system marks the first automotive application of
Dolby® Pro Logic IIx technology.
When the rear-seat entertainment package is ordered, passengers can
view dual 8-inch LCD screens in the rear of the front headrests and
listen using wireless digital headphones. A specially designed
portable touch-screen controller allows passengers to select the
entertainment source, with the two rear screens and all headphones
Advanced Chassis Dynamics
The XJ’s light but stiff
structure provides a focused and responsive sporting character
combined with the suppleness and refinement essential for a luxury
sports sedan. The double-wishbone front suspension features
weight-saving forged aluminum components and uses coil springs.
The front subframe is directly mounted to the body for enhanced
steering response and handling precision. The subframe-mounted,
multi-link rear suspension features lightweight cast aluminum links
and air springs. Air suspension provides a level ride height
regardless of load, along with a high degree of comfort, without
compromising the car’s handling agility.
The new XJ also uses the advanced Adaptive Dynamics active damping
system that was first employed on the XF and XK models. This system
automatically tailors damper settings to suit both road conditions
and the way the car is being driven. It provides a range of damping
between a firmer “sport” setting and a softer setting for ride
comfort, delivering an optimal balance of body control and ride
XJ models are fitted with 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels in six
designs, some with the additional option of a polished finish. For
the first time on a Jaguar sedan, wider rear wheels with lower
profile tires are fitted (compared to the front wheels and tires),
optimizing grip and enhancing the vehicle’s sporting stance.
Personalized Driving Performance
On the XJ Supercharged
and Supersport models, Active Differential Control optimizes
available traction at each rear wheel, improving acceleration on
low-grip surfaces while enhancing cornering ability. The clutch-type
differential uses an internal electric motor and ball-and-ramp
mechanism and transmits torque to the wheel with the most traction.
This proactive system differs fundamentally from conventional
traction control, which uses the brakes reactively to counteract
slip after it has occurred.
To tailor the driving experience, JaguarDrive Control™ offers three
transmission modes: Normal, for a comfortable, leisurely drive;
Dynamic, for a more sporting and responsive character, and Winter,
for greater capability in low-grip conditions. Each mode changes the
characteristics of engine response, transmission shifts, Adaptive
Dynamics systems and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) intervention
(and Active Differential Control on Supercharged and Supersport). In
Dynamic mode, gearshift points are raised, and the suspension
stiffens. In Winter mode, the transmission selects second gear to
help provide greater traction from a standstill and lowers engine
rpm and shift points. Winter mode also modifies the traction and
stability control systems to help give the driver assured progress
regardless of the weather.
Safety Systems and Driver Aids
The all-new XJ provides
a comprehensive set of active safety aids, including Anti-lock
Braking (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Cornering Brake
Control (CBC), Understeer Control, Electronic Brakeforce
Distribution (EBD), Electronic Traction Control (ETC) and Engine
Drag Torque Control. On models equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control
(ACC), the Advanced Emergency Brake Assist uses the ACC radar to
help calculate distance from and speed of approach to the vehicle
ahead. The system is designed to pre-charge brake-line pressure to
help minimize impact speed if a collision is predicted, with an
audible warning to the driver. Two-stage driver and front passenger
airbags, front side and curtain side airbags are complemented by
anti-whiplash front seat structures.
The standard xenon
headlamps are available with a system that switches the high beams
on and off automatically in response to oncoming traffic and the
prevailing lighting conditions. This feature is combined with
adaptive lighting, which swivels the headlamps to follow the road
when cornering. A standard radar-based blind-spot monitoring system
alerts the XJ driver to vehicles in close proximity on either side.
Standard front and rear parking sensors, with visual indicators
shown through the touch-screen, and a standard backup camera aid
visibility when parking.
From its beginning as a
manufacturer of motorcycle sidecars in 1922, Jaguar Cars has grown
to become one of the world’s premier manufacturers of luxury sedans
and sports cars and with that, one of the most recognized commercial
brands. The company's vision is simple: To produce beautiful fast
cars that are desired the world over. The company operates two
manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom and is fully engaged in
environmental programs, community work and brand awareness exercises
such as motorsports.