Being on the market since the late 2009, the XJ is one of the older models in Jaguar’s range and because of this there is going to be a 2016 Jaguar XJ which is going to be only a mid-life facelift rather than an all new model.
Jaguar took this route because they are most likely going to replace it completely in the late 2018, release which is part from their plan of releasing over 20 new cars over the span of 10 years. The newer model will get an improved chassis, better running gear as well as an even better interior.
2016 Jaguar XJ Redesign
On the interior, the 2016 Jaguar XJ is most likely going to be the most considerate, conservative and good looking car in the present. The dashboard is clean and uses a minimal amount of buttons, the air vents look brilliant and are made from solid aluminum while the steering wheel is simple and very easy to grip. Materials include genuine leather, wood and even aluminum or carbon fiber on some higher end models. The only drawback here is the fact that the center console might not be as wide as some people want it to be.
Its exterior will remain pretty similar to the current generation. The front end will remain quite similar with the only notable different being the new front grille and the new set of headlights which now will use LED as standard. At the back though things are going a bit more different. The slop of the rear window will remain but the arched boot lid will be replaced by a more conventional one, a cleaner rear end with slimmer tail lights as well as an integrated diffuser in the rear bumper which can not be seen unless the car is elevated.
The Engine range
Under the hood of the new 2016 Jaguar XJ there are going to be the same engines as before but this time with a few changes on the higher end models. The base supercharged 3 liter V6 will still make 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque which is still plenty powerful for a luxury car and when coupled to the brilliant 8 speed automatic and the rear wheel drive system, the end result is a very comfortable and smooth ride.
Further up the range there is going to be the same 5 liter supercharged V8 as before but this time it will make a bit more power at nearly 550 horsepower and more than 500 lb-ft of torque. The good side is not the power increase though but the better weight distribution, with the new model coming at a nearly perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
A diesel still hasn’t been announced for the US market which is a bit of a let down. The plus is that both the petrol engines are easily able to accelerate the XJ from 0 to 60 MPH in as little as 6 seconds and up to a limited top speed of 125 MPH which can be upgraded on the XJR model to 170 MPH.
2016 Jaguar XJ Price
Unlike most of its competitors, Jaguar decided that the XJ will only be offered as a premium model, meaning that even the base car will be quite upmarket, especially when taking into account the fact that some of its competitors look a lot cheaper, both inside and out, even though they usually cost more.
The production date for this new model has been set to commence at the end of 2015 when it is going to be launched as a 2016 model. The base price will likely remain unchanged so expect to pay 75.000 dollars for a base model, which isn’t exactly a lot considering the package you get for your money. The key rivals are new BMW 7 and Mercedes S- Class.
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