Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Jaguar | posted June 16, 2015 13:14
Updates include subtle exterior changes and range expansion
After 6 years on the market, Jaguar has updated their full size luxury car, the XJ series. The updates for the 2016 XJ include an new infotainment system, subtle exterior changes and range expansions. 2016 also marks the arrival of the top spec Autobiography model. Like current XJ, the 2016 XJ will come in either standard or extended wheelbase variants.
For 2016, the XJ series gets a larger, more upright grill and reshaped air dams with chrome surrounds. Its full LED headlights get a revised pattern for 2016 along with the “J-Signature” taillights. The subtle exterior update is capped off with oval tailpipes which Jaguar says, makes the car more distinctive.
The Autobiography model is exclusive with the extended wheelbase variants and 20-inch Maroa alloy wheels. It gains more subtle chrome trim outside while the inside gets quilted semi-aniline leather seats with contrasting stitching. There's also a leather headliner, illuminated stainless steel treadplates, rich oak inlay veneer and individual seats with sliding and massaging functions.
Inside, the new XJ comes with an updated infotainment system called InControl Touch Pro. It features door-to-door navigation and 1,300W Meridian digital audio system. The Meridian system comes with 4 digital systems and 26 speakers and the 17 channels of stereo and surround sound benefit from Meridian's Trifield technology.
For the Autobiography models, rear passengers are treated to a wide screen experience with the optional rear entertainment system. It boasts two 10.2-inch high-definition screens which fold away when not in use, these displays offer a true 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. When digital TV is also specified, a different channel can be shown on each screen and an additional 100GB of user media storage is provided. The rear seat entertainment system will also allow passengers to connect devices using two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI and one MHL port, enabling charging and media output and from a wide range of smartphones and tablets.
Jaguar has also given the new XJR subtle exterior changes. It features a three-piece front splitter, new side sills, side power vents and a rear spoiler. Gloss black trim replaces all the chrome and sits on 20 inch Mataivia design. The interior features sport seats, the R-Sport steering wheel and treadplates, along with a piano black or carbon fiber trim and a Jet headliner
With the help of Land Rover, Jaguar has developed the All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC) system for extreme low-traction situations. Jaguar has also promises better dynamics thanks to its new electric power-assisted steering which, Jaguar says, offers greater responsiveness and reduces fuel consumption.
The updated XJ series range starts with the standard wheelbase 3.0 V6 diesel Luxury all the way to the Autobiography with the 5.0 liter supercharged V8.