2016 Jaguar XJ Update & Changes Detailed
Although the exterior changes aren’t that obvious, the 2016 Jaguar XJ looks better than before. But, the automaker’s intention wasn’t to create a handsome full-size luxury sedan that’s going to be the same as before. They made some really substantial improvements regarding the car’s steering, infotainment and driver assistance systems. The 2016 Jaguar XJ will also come with noticeably improved interior. Is that enough to make its sales better? Well…
The Jaguar XJ isn’t something you see every day on the street. This is an upscale high-end luxury sedan and, naturally, there’s no many potential buyers. It is elegant and smooth, it’s powerful, entertaining and classy, it’s a Jag after all, but still, they sold around 4300 units last year.
2016 Jaguar XJ Exterior Tweaks
How the 2016 XJ is going to improve that figure? Well, first of all, they changed the exterior. In spite of the fact that the first XJ that belongs to this generation has been released as a 2010 model, the 2016 model got just a mild update. This doesn’t mean that the people in charge of the Jag’s flagship sedan are extremely lazy; it’s just a testimony of how good the Jaguar XJ actually is. They made some subtle styling changes and the 2016 Jaguar XJ will look as modern as its competitors.
The 2016 Jaguar XJ got full LED headlights as standard. Those come along with distinctive J-Blade daytime running lights. Some gentle changes have been made at the front fascia. The grille has been changed as well as the front bumper, so the updated XJ can have larger air inlets borrowed from the 2016 Jaguar XF and 2017 Jaguar XE. Black Pack is now standard on XJR models.
New Technology Introduced
Inside the 2016 Jaguar XJL Portfolio and 2016 Jaguar XJL Supercharged, they used quilted seating surfaces with diamond sewn pattern. But, those changes aren’t the most attractive once you enter the car.
The automaker’s passion towards the technology resulted in an all-new InControl Touch Pro touchscreen infotainment system that’s drastically better. Behind the new touchscreen interface there’s a quad-core Intel processor, a solid-state 60 GB hard drive and numerous computers connected via Ethernet protocol.
InControl Touch Pro Infotainment System
Thanks to all those hardware changes, the 2016 Jaguar XJ got an impressive user interface and an equally impressive navigation system. The InControl Touch Pro understands ‘swipe’ and ‘pinch to zoom’ commands, so its eight-inch capacitive touchscreen feels like a smartphone.
The navigation system now provides door-to-door navigation, using exact addresses. And even if the car loses GPS signal, its navigation system will still work thanks to the maps stored on the SSD hard drive and modern software solutions. The automaker installed a secondary display at the redesigned instrument cluster, so it’s easier to keep eyes on the road.
There’s a new Commute Mode that learns the usual daily commute and offers alternative less congested routes using historical data and real-time traffic information. Approach Mode is used to display 360-degree view around the car when the 2016 XJ is less than 656 feet (200 m) of the destination. It can guide you to the nearest parking space, too.
The InControl Touch Pro has great compatibility with smartphones. Using Jaguar InControl Apps, the car’s infotainment system will allow using compatible apps from your iPhone or Android on its touchscreen. Smartphones can easily be connected using a USB port.
The 2016 Jaguar XJ has the InControl Remote feature. If you install the InControl Remote App, you can remotely lock or unlock the doors, start the engine and set the temperature, check the fuel level, locate the vehicle and get alert if the alarm goes off. A companion app is used to plan the route offline. The route can be loaded to the navigation system and after the driver exits the car, it can provide directions on the driver’s smartphone.
The car’s antenna can be used for a Wi-Fi 3G hotspot that can be connected to eight devices at the same time.
If there’s been an accident that activated airbags, the 2016 Jaguar XJ will automatically notify emergency services and send the car’s precise GPS location thanks to the InControl Protect system. Of course, this system can be triggered manually by pressing a button at the center console.
Meridian Surround System
The updated Jaguar XJ has a 17-speaker 825-watt Meridian surround system. If this is not enough for you, you can always opt for a 26-speaker 1,300-watt Meridian Reference system.
Driver Assistance Systems
Yet another update of the 2016 Jaguar XJ is ASPC (All-Surface Progress Control). This technology is essentially a low-speed cruise control. It controls both throttle and brakes in order to deliver extremely low torque to the wheels that are on a low friction surface. Although it’s available on both AWD and RWD versions, it’s more effective with AWD model.
The automaker installed a camera as a part of the traffic sign recognition system. The system informs the driver about speed limits. The information gathered this way is compared with GPS data, making the system perfect.
The new adaptive cruise control is completed with the queue assist feature. Thanks to this feature, if you’re behind the wheel of the 2016 Jaguar XJ, you don’t have to worry about heavy-traffic time. The sedan utilizes a long-range radar sensor to keep the safe distance from the car in front and it automatically adjusts throttle and uses brakes, so you don’t have to.
There are also other useful features such as Closing Vehicle Sensing, Park-Assist and Reverse Traffic Detection. Closing Vehicle Sensing is a feature that warns you before changing lanes that there’s a vehicle that approaches fast from behind. They made a very elegant warning alert for this one – a flashing icon on the side mirror.
Park-Assist is available on RWD models only. It first uses its ultrasound sensors to measure the parking space to determine whether it’s large enough. Than the driver has to control throttle and brakes, while the car does the hard part maneuvering. The vehicle can park itself in perpendicular and parallel parking spaces and park out of the parallel parking space.
The Reverse Traffic Detection is a common system that warns the driver if there’s a vehicle approaching from the side while the car is in reverse.
New Electric Power Assisted Steering
Thanks to the new Electric Power Assisted Steering, the 2016 Jaguar XJ will have smoother and better steering feel. They also said that this is going to improve responsiveness. The system is engaged only while steering the wheel, so unlike hydraulic steering assistance systems, it reduces fuel consumption. According to the automaker, the EPAS system is able to ignore disturbances caused by poor road quality, making the experience precise and smooth.
2016 Jaguar XJ Engine Options & Transmission
The updated XJ kept the well-known engines. The 2016 XJ R-Sport with both RWD and AWD , XJL Portfolio and XJ Portfolio AWD will be powered by a Twin-Vortex supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive models use ZF 8HP45 eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive versions use ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic.
The 2016 Jaguar XJ Supercharged and XJL Supercharged will both have a 5.0-liter V8 with Twin-Vortex supercharger. This engine is good for 470 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque and it’s paired with the ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The most powerful option will be nested beneath the hoods of the 2016 Jaguar XJR and 2016 Jaguar XJR LWB. Those two are motivated by a Twin-Vortex supercharged 5.0-liter V8 mill that generates amazing 550 horsepower and 680 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also mated the ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic.
Release & Estimated Price
The 2016 Jaguar XJ is coming this fall from the Jaguar Land Rover Castle Bromwich Plant where the F-TYPE and the new XF are manufactured, too. The pricing of the updated XJ is still secret, but if they decide to make it more expensive than the 2015 model, the price won’t be drastically higher. In fact, it’s our opinion that the 2016 Jaguar XJ is worth waiting for.
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