Jaguar’s XJ flagship sedan gets a sportier, more muscular stance, technological advances and additional features on all models for 2008.
Jaguar will continue to sell three XJ models in New Zealand: the Sovereign with 4.2-litre V8, the XJR with the supercharged version of the same engine, and the 2.7-litre turbodiesel V6.
The XJ TDV6 Sovereign lists for $159,990, the XJ V8 Sovereign for $169,990, and the XJR for $179,990.
All XJs have automatic transmissions.
An all-new, distinctive design for the XJ’s front includes a new bumper with revised upper and lower mesh grilles and a new Jaguar badge.
There are new side power vents to match those introduced on the XK sports car, along with lower body sills and a subtle rear aero spoiler.
Over the vents new door mirrors carry integrated indicator lights, and the cars have new-design alloy wheels.
All models run the new 19-inch Polaris alloy wheels, except the XJR which has 20-inch Cremona alloys. The XJR also has aluminium finish power vents and black painted brake callipers.
Inside, the cars get new front seats across the range. They’ve been extensively redesigned to offer more comfort and support.
Rear seat passengers get greater leg and foot room following revisions to the backs and lower cushions of the front seats.
The 2008 models are evolutions of the all-aluminium XJ luxury sedan range launched in 2003.
Its lightweight body helped the car to achieve new standards in handling, precision and refinement.
The aluminium monocoque design is 60 per cent stiffer and 40 per cent lighter than the model it replaced.
The 2008 cars have Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS).
CATS is used to ensure top-notch body control, refinement and handling.
It 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 rock-solid high-speed stability and improved aerodynamic efficiency whenever the XJ is called upon to perform.
A six-speed automatic transmission provides smooth and very quick gearchanges; its compact design helps reduce the car’s weight.
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.
Technology such as Integrated Acoustic Dampening (IAD) guarantees good refinement and a very quiet cabin.
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.
Diesel XJs have electronically-controlled active engine mounts which attenuate 90 per cent of engine idle vibration.
“Every Jaguar must have a distinctive face,” says design boss Ian Callum. “Something that you can’t mistake if you catch a glimpse of it in your rearview 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.
Safety kit includes an Adaptive Restraint Technology System which uses 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.