Opening of Jaguar XJ
One of the most charismatic luxury saloons available today is depicted in the photograph. It exudes a sense of nobility that encapsulates its personality, and it exudes the kind of richness that can only come from the Jaguar brand.
The 2018 Jaguar XJ is unlike any other car in the market, and it looks nothing like the Germans. Jaguar chose to debut this revised version of the XJ after the premiere of the latest 7 Series earlier this year at the Auto Expo to keep things as fresh as possible in the current life cycle. We take the mechanically modified Jaguar XJ 3.0-litre diesel for a spin to find out everything you need to know.
Exterior Appearance of Jaguar XJ
We’ll cut the chase short for you because you’ll be glancing at the Jaguar XJ to notice the stylistic modifications. The grille mesh has been modified, and there are twin ‘J’ DRLs with all-LED headlamps, revised tail-lamp internals, and minimally reworked bumpers on this version. In case you didn’t know, unlike in the UK, where the SWB (standard wheelbase) is also available, the Jaguar XJ that leaves the JLR facility in Pune is only available in the LWB configuration (long wheelbase). To create the Jaguar XJ-L, engineers added an extra 125mm to the XJ’s regular length.
Jaguar boldly claims that the LWB variant equals the dynamics of the SWB model, independent of elongation. In a nutshell, even with the 125mm wheelbase expansion, the weight differential between the LWB and SWB remains roughly 25kg!
The blacked-out C-pillars, which integrate the sheet metal smoothly with the back glass to create a floating roofline illusion, are also worth noting. The waist line clearly begins at the front fender and vanishes over the middle of the car before emerging at the end of the car, in an attempt to emphasise the XJ’s length.
Interior appearance: Jaguar XJ
The Jaguar XJ is all about making you feel special, and it reminds you of how different it is from its mainstream competitors once again. A luxurious surround of appealing contours surrounds the cabin, with a dash of dual tone colours that liven up the atmosphere.
The hardwood inserts on the massive cat-badged steering wheel, as well as the bits of wood used with matching leather flowing across beneath the windscreen and across both door pads, immediately draw your attention.
The seat design, which is reminiscent of certain duvets used in other applications, is made of perforated leather. A new totally digital cluster with fresh graphics now handles the instrumentation. We noticed that the overall finish and construction quality is slightly inferior to that of its German competitors.
Once seated, the sheer vastness of this saloon becomes apparent, and visibility over the hood could have been improved. Things, on the other hand, take a whole different turn if the style factor is included in. After that, it appears that being able to observe the numerous head turns is all that matters.
Meanwhile, one comes to enjoy the huge, generously curved seats, which provide enormous support. Despite the fact that the back armrest can be reclined, this is purely a four-seater with plenty of legroom. All seats are electrically adjustable, feature a cooling function, and the rear section includes two foldable 26cm HD screens for entertainment.
To top it off, all seats (even the driver!) offer non-exquisite massages to keep that freshness alive during the voyage. Add to that a boot that can swallow 520 litres of luggage when the occasion comes.
JLR’s InControl Touch Pro unit has now been included to the ‘Portfolio’ features list. When compared to the earlier device, this system now has a faster interface and offers additional functions. The rear seats can be reclined in an aeroplane-style position, and there’s a panoramic sunroof to add to the excitement. There’s four-zone climate control, a fold-down front passenger seat (for greater rear legroom), and an 825-watt digital surround sound system with 20 speakers.
Driven by Results
The modern Jaguar XJ has a 2.0-liter petrol engine that hasn’t changed, as well as a 3.0-litre diesel engine that has been tuned. This improved diesel V6 now produces 300bhp @ 4000rpm, which is a 30bhp increase over the previous model. In light of the engine’s improvements, torque has increased dramatically from 600Nm to 700Nm.
Once off the mark, one must carefully filter pedal inputs to avoid any unnecessary wheel spin display. As evidenced by our Vbox data, there’s enough of torque throughout the power band, and the eight-speed ZF automated transmission does an excellent job of shifting appropriately to keep the driver riding the waves of torque for any driving duty.
It took 4.81 seconds to get from 20 to 80 kilometres per hour, and 5.61 seconds to go from 40 to 100 kilometres per hour. The 0-100kmph sprint was completed in 7.69 seconds, which is not bad given this is a two-tonne oil-burning limousine. The Jaguar XJ-top L’s speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, and Jaguar claims that this engine can travel 14.47 kilometres on a single litre of diesel.
Surprisingly, one would think that the Jaguar XJ’s massive exteriors would make it difficult to drive, yet this is not the case. This is due to the new electric power steering system, which is incredibly well-balanced. Engineers have fine-tuned it, and there’s enough input to let you know what’s going on at the wheels.
This translates to the kind of elegance that allows you to navigate even the most congested city streets. Add in the air suspension, which kept itself occupied by absorbing any road imperfections in order to keep the cabin stress-free. Even if there is a bit of acceptable roll when you push this Jaguar harder than it needs to be pushed, it is always comfy. The all-aluminum body construction of the XJ is both sturdy and light.
The 100 percent aluminium monocoque chassis is said to give enhanced rigidity because it is riveted and has no welded joints.
Everything else in this segment pales in comparison to Jaguar’s XJ. When compared to comparable German rivals such as the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8, it’s clear that fit and finish are significantly lacking.
The Jaguar XJ, on the other hand, exudes a level of luxury and grandeur that no other vehicle can match. The 3.0-litre Portfolio model we examined costs Rs 1.08 crore right now (ex-showroom Delhi). Today’s automobile consumers have learned to expect even more, and while the XJ’s aura may pique your interest, we believe it’s just this characteristic that makes it a serious challenger in the segment.