(from Ford Motor
Company Press Release) THE NEW 2008 MODEL YEAR JAGUAR XJ
Jaguar has again raised the standard for luxury cars with a new
generation of the XJ saloon. The flagship of the Jaguar range
benefits from visual changes, technological advances and additional
features on all 2008 model year cars. Already renowned for its
all-aluminium body construction, state-of-the-art technologies and
outstanding craftsmanship and build quality, the new XJ is now even
The key developments for every new XJ model include a more
contemporary, assertive and sporting exterior look and significant
improvements to the renowned interiors, as well as the latest
intuitive in-car technology.
An all-new, distinctive design for the XJ’s front gives the 2008
model an unmistakeably purposeful appearance, a look complemented by
the new side power vents, lower body sills and a subtle rear aero
Inside the 2008 Model Year XJ cabin an all-new seat design offers
major benefits in comfort and support, while customers will also
have the option of adding an advanced air-cooling system to their
heated front seats.
Jaguar’s stated aim of introducing technology that enhances rather
than impairs the driving experience is underlined by the addition of
a substantially improved BluetoothTM system that allows passengers
to pair up to five approved mobile phones with the in-car telephone,
which automatically stores and synchronises phonebooks and ‘last
number dialled’ lists every time a phone is connected.
NEW 2008 MODEL YEAR XJ AT A GLANCE
• New contemporary exterior styling for more assertive and sporting
appearance – including revised front-end design, new side power
vents, rear aero spoiler, full width chrome ‘signature blade’ and
new rear bumper. • Revised interior with all-new seat design for
improved comfort and support. Heated front seats standard across the
range with optional air-cooling also available. • Increased rear leg
and foot room thanks to redesigned front seat backs, which also
allow easier access to the back seats. • New 19-inch Polaris, Vela
and Carelia alloy wheels introduced (depending on market and model).
• Three new exterior paint colours adds to customer choice. • XJ
range offers a broad choice of V6 and V8 engines including the
highly acclaimed 2.7-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel and 400bhp (DIN)
4.2-litre supercharged petrol V8. • All-aluminium body construction
ensures sports-car handling, supreme comfort and significant fuel
savings over equivalent steel-bodied cars. • Every XJ comes with
sophisticated safety features such as Computer Active Technology
Suspension, Advanced Restraint Technology System, Automatic Speed
Limiter and optional Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. • Latest
BluetoothTM connectivity allows up to five approved phones to be
paired to the in-car telephone system. • Optional JaguarWatch
anti-theft device uses satellite positioning to track potentially
stolen vehicles across Europe (depending on market).
JAGUAR XJ: A FINE PEDIGREE
When Jaguar’s ground-breaking all-aluminium XJ luxury saloon range
was launched in 2003, its remarkable lightweight body helped the car
to set new standards in handling, precision and refinement. The
aluminium monocoque design is 60% stiffer and 40% lighter than the
model it replaced and these major improvements translate into real
Its advanced construction means that even a long-wheelbase XJ model
is lighter than many of its key competitors’ standard wheelbase
platforms. Thanks to that reduced weight the car can accelerate
faster, stop more quickly and turn more purposefully. And it
achieves all this without compromising in other areas, for the new
XJ range also benefits from superb fuel economy and range, improved
rigidity and safety, as well as exceptional ride and comfort.
Since its 2003 introduction the range has been further improved with
a long wheelbase version, major new engines such as the 4.2-litre
supercharged petrol V8 and 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel, and
advanced technologies such as acoustic laminated glass, active
engine mounts and Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS).
CATS is used to ensure outstanding body control, refinement and
handling. The system constantly monitors the XJ’s lightweight
suspension and air springs to offer complete comfort when cruising
and total control and responsiveness when called for by
automatically lowering and levelling the suspension. The result is
awesome high-speed stability and improved aerodynamic efficiency
whenever the XJ is called upon to perform.
A group of technologically advanced petrol and diesel engines power
the 2008 XJ range. The highly acclaimed 204bhp (DIN) 2.7-litre
twin-turbo diesel V6 offers outstanding performance and economy, the
240bhp (DIN) 3.0-litre V6 petrol an ideal blend of power and
refinement, while the mighty 300bhp (DIN) 4.2-litre V8 and its
400bhp (DIN) supercharged equivalent provide the seamless drive and
torque you would expect from any top-of-the-range Jaguar capable of
reaching 60mph in as short a time as five seconds flat.
A six-speed automatic transmission provides smooth and sensationally
quick gearchanges, and even helps with further weight loss thanks to
its compact design. Its ability to handle the high torque outputs of
the XJ engine range also allows the gearbox to use higher gears more
effectively, helping to lower fuel consumption further.
Class-leading technological advances such as Integrated Acoustic
Dampening (IAD) guarantee exceptional levels of refinement and a
blissfully quiet cabin environment. IAD uses special acoustic
absorbing materials and airtight seals between the bonnet and engine
compartment to dramatically reduce engine noise. Acoustic laminated
glass then further minimises noise intrusion, while diesel-powered
XJs even enjoy electronically controlled active engine mounts which
attenuate 90% of engine idle vibration.
Thanks to ground-breaking technologies such as these, the 2008 XJ
range defies the conventional wisdom that says a saloon can be
dynamic or luxurious, but never both. It is, in contrast, a highly
refined, sporting luxury car for people who love to drive.
LOOKS TO MATCH THE PERFORMANCE
The main evolution for the 2008 Model Year XJ is its new exterior
design. Changes to the front, sides and rear of every model give the
XJ a sportier, more muscular stance and clearly signal the advanced
technology that lies at its core.
A new front bumper with revised mesh grilles is unmistakeably
assertive, leaving no doubts as to the performance credentials of
the new XJ. Jaguar Car’s Director of Design, Ian Callum, explains
the inspiration behind the new look:
“Every Jaguar must have a distinctive face, something that you
cannot mistake if you catch a glimpse of it in your rear-view mirror
as it powers up behind you. The new 2008 XJ range meets that
challenge thanks to a new grille and bold new bumper style.”
Set into the front bumper are new upper and lower mesh radiator
grilles with chromed detailing that accentuates the car’s major air
intakes. Behind the front wheels two power vents (in aluminium
finish on the supercharged XJR) match those introduced on the
beautiful new XK sports car. Over the vents new door mirrors carry
integrated indicator lights.
A fully reworked rear end displays a newly reshaped bumper, subtle
aero spoiler and revised tailpipe finishers.
The 2008 Model Year XJ also enjoys significant improvements to its
interior thanks to new heated front seats (with optional
air-cooling) which have been extensively redesigned to offer even
more comfort and support.
Vehicle cabin air is drawn into the cushion and seat back heat
exchanger units. The air is then heated or cooled and pumped to the
top surface via channels formed within the seat. The perforated seat
covers allow the conditioned air to pass through to the passenger.
Heated front seats will still be fitted as standard with the cooling
element being available as an option (market and model dependent).
All XJ seats will have a new relaxed leather trim and rear-seat
passengers will appreciate greater leg and foot room following
revisions to the backs and lower cushions of the front seats.
TECHNOLOGY IN HARMONY Jaguar’s intuitive technology has been
designed to empower not overpower the driver. Features such as
satellite navigation, BluetoothTM and audio entertainment systems
are supported and controlled by a 7-inch Touch-screen or JaguarVoice
The 2008 Model Year XJ benefits from further user-friendly
technology such as the latest BluetoothTM connectivity system that
allows users to connect up to five approved mobile phones to the
car’s own in-car telephone system. The car will then recognise and
store the phonebooks, last number dialed lists and call stacks for
every device it is paired with.
The entire XJ range carries further intuitive technologies that
enhance the driving experience. Many of the car’s main features can
be controlled through JaguarVoice, a simple but highly effective
voice command function. Other driver aids include Adaptive Cruise
Control which uses microwave radar technology to detect slower cars
ahead and adjusts the cruise control speed to maintain a constant
distance from the vehicle in front. Advanced, state-of the-art
safety features, such as Adaptive Restraint Technology System use
ultrasonic technology to calculate appropriate airbag deployment and
force, based on passenger weight and position. Side-curtain airbags,
front seat thorax airbags and energy-absorbent front seat backrests
ensure a safe driving experience for all occupants.