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Jaguar News: Jaguar Unveils Refreshed 2016 Jaguar XJ

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The Jaguar XJ is getting a refresh for the 2016 model year, but almost all of the upgrades come from the I. T. department.

 

Visually, the exterior gets new LED accent lighting, active LED headlamps with automatic high-beams, and a more upright grille. XJR models will come with a Black Pack option for sportier styling.

 

Engines for the US carry over with the 340 horsepower supercharged 3.0 liter V6 and the 5.0 liter V8 in either 470 hp or 550 hp tune. Europe gets an upgraded, lower emissions diesel 3.0 liter V6 and a 236 hp / 250 lb-ft 2.0 liter turbo 4-cylinder. All engines are tied to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

 

Next up, Jaguar's I.T. Department goes to town


 

In the 2016 XJ, Jaguar is showcasing their new (and awkwardly named - DD) InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. The system features a quad-core Intel processor and a 60gb solid-state hard drive. Drivers should feel familiar with the use and navigation of the infotainment system with smart-phone like gestures such as pinch-to-zoom, swipe, and others. The primary screen is an 8-inch diagonal display wish a secondary screen in the instrument cluster also capable of displaying full navigation map.

 

InControl Touch Pro features a door-to-door route planning that will also including public transportation options. It links to a companion app allowing you to plan your route from your phone and continue it after you leave the car if need be. As you approach your destination, a 360 degree view will display on the screen and will also help locate the nearest available parking spot. Later, if you forget where you parked, the InControl Touch Pro app will locate your car for you.

 

Commute mode learns the driver's daily commute and will automatically adjust and suggest alternatives based on historical or real-time traffic and congestion data.

 

A forward facing camera can now monitor speed limit signs and double check against GPS and Map data to inform the driver of the current speed limit. It is also able to update for temporary speed restrictions due to road work or weather.

 

While not quite Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, InControl is able to access certain compatible apps and display the interface on the primary screen.

 

A 3G WiFi hotspot is available for up to 8 devices.

 

All 2016 Jaguar XJ models will come standard with an 825w Meridian surround sound audio system featuring 17 speakers. Opt for the upgrade and you'll get 1,300w with 26 speakers.

 

Rear seat passengers in the long wheelbase models can watch movies on optional twin 10.2 inch high-def hideaway screens.

 

2016 jaguar Xjl Eu spec shown

 

Safety technology has not been ignored.

 

The 2016 XJ gains Jaguar's All-Surface Progress Control. It is available at the push of a button between 2.2mph and 19mph. It uses fine throttle and braking control to act like a low speed cruise control. Press the button, set the speed, and all the driver needs to do is steer, allowing you to get to your pace with grace even in low traction situations.

 

The Adaptive Cruise Control is now better at dealing with heavy traffic situations and able to bring the car to a complete stop if need be.

 

Blind Spot monitoring has been enhanced to include Closing Vehicle Sensing. The system is now able to look for vehicles approaching rapidly in the other lane.

 

The 2016 Jaguar XJ will be built at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant and go on sale fall of 2015.

 

Press Release on Page 3
*All images included with this article are courtesy of Jaguar - Land Rover. European spec models shown.

 


 

Jaguar XJ Resets the Standard for Luxury, Design and Dynamics

  • Exterior design refresh complete with full LED headlights and unique double J-Blade daytime running lights
  • Black Pack standard on XJR models providing a subtly enhanced exterior styling
  • All-aluminum body construction contributes to reduced weight and exceptional performance
  • Standard wheelbase derivatives receive a more assertive and dynamic exterior treatment together with a new R-Sport designation, emphasizing the vehicle's sporting character and design
  • XJL Portfolio and XJL Supercharged are distinguished with the introduction of quilted seating surfaces finished with a diamond sewn pattern on the seat center and cushion
  • New InControl Touch Pro™ touch-screen infotainment system offers door-to-door navigation, seamless iOS and Android connectivity, available Wi-Fi hotspot and a standard 17-speaker, 825W Meridian™ Surround Sound audio system
  • Redesigned instrument cluster with enhanced customization now offers full-screen line-of-sight navigation display
  • Electric power-assisted steering, available on rear-wheel drive models, reduces fuel consumption and offers even greater feel and responsiveness
  • All-Surface Progress Control enables enhanced drive-away on low-traction surfaces such as snow and ice
  • Suite of advanced driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control with queue-assist, closing vehicle sensing, reverse traffic detection, 360° surround camera system and semi-automated perpendicular and parallel-parking (RWD Only)
  • On sale from Fall 2015


(MAHWAH, N.J.) - June 15, 2015 - Jaguar today announced updates to the 2016 Jaguar XJ. Launched in the U.S. in 2011, the brand's flagship full-size, all-aluminum luxury sedan becomes even more desirable in 2016 with an updated exterior design, enhanced information and entertainment systems, new available driver assistance features and greater differentiation in the model line-up.
DESIGN
Featuring a new, more progressive look, the exterior of the 2016 XJ incorporates an updated front fascia that includes a larger, more upright grille with a new mesh pattern, a subtly redesigned front bumper and newly sculpted chrome blades in the lower air intakes.
Full adaptive LED headlamps with auto high beam functionality1 are standard across the entire 2016 XJ range. The lamp assembly incorporates an XJ-exclusive, signature 'Double J' daytime running lamp which helps further distinguish the XJ at the top of the Jaguar sedan range. New LED tail lights and oval exhaust tips complete the look.
The Jaguar XJ continues to feature all-aluminum construction reducing weight and improving performance and is offered in two wheelbases - standard and long. Expanding on the duality of character of the XJ, for 2016, the model line-up has been redefined to further differentiate standard and long wheelbase variants.
Standard wheelbase derivatives receive aerodynamic exterior enhancements together with a new R-Sport designation, emphasizing the vehicle's sporting character, while long wheelbase versions receive new interior trim refinements which underscore the model's luxurious characteristics.
Underscoring its dynamic on-road performance, XJR models are distinguished with a black trim package that includes the addition of a black front grille, black lower air intake surrounds and black window surrounds.
Inside, standard wheelbase XJ models feature soft grain perforated leather seats with contrast stitching, contrast piping and an embossed leaper on the headrests. XJ R-Sport models retain the previous model year's 8x8-way power front seats plus 4-way lumbar adjustments, while XJ Supercharged models are fitted with 14x14-way power seats that include 4-way lumbar support, allowing drivers to tailor the seating position and comfort to their own liking. 14x14-way seats will also be available on XJ R-Sport models as part of the Comfort Pack that bundles the increased adjustment features with front seat massagers, passenger memory, 4-zone A/C and an electric rear sunblind.
XJL Portfolio and XJL Supercharged are further distinguished with the introduction of quilted seating surfaces finished with a diamond sewn pattern on the seat center and cushion; 14x14-way power seats with 4-way lumbar adjustments are standard.
Front and rear heated and ventilated seats are standard on all 2016 XJ models.
The 2016 XJ model line-up consists of the standard wheelbase XJ R-Sport, XJ R-Sport AWD, XJ Supercharged and the XJR. Long wheelbase models include the XJL Portfolio, XJL Portfolio AWD, XJL Supercharged and XJR LWB.
POWERTRAIN
The new XJ offers the familiar Jaguar range of all-aluminum V6 and V8 engines. Each featuring direct injection, variable valve timing, forced induction and intelligent stop-start systems which deliver high performance with enhanced efficiency.
The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 develops 340hp and 332 lb-ft of toque and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Characterized by its linear power delivery and free-revving nature, this engine also delivers a unique soundtrack thanks to meticulously-tuned intake and exhaust systems.
The 5.0-liter supercharged V8 continues to be offered in 470hp and 550hp variants, delivering all of the performance promised by the dramatic styling of the XJ.
All powertrains feature a specifically-optimized eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF®. Each has been developed to provide the perfect balance of unrivalled performance, shift comfort, dynamics and efficiency.
CHASSIS
Following years of development and testing, as well as meticulous tuning work from the Jaguar engineering team, the brand has now incorporated Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) on rear-wheel drive models of the brand's flagship sedan. Unlike hydraulic systems, EPAS only uses energy when the driver turns the wheel, so the reduction in parasitic losses helps to reduce fuel consumption and increase overall vehicle efficiency. The system's ability to filter-out steering disturbances from poor road surfaces and compensate for road camber make the steering feel smoother and more precise than ever. Friction has also been engineered-out, improving steering feel and responsiveness further.
INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY
For 2016, the XJ is equipped with InControl Touch Pro™, an all-new infotainment system designed to be simple and intuitive. Conceived in-house and built around a quad-core Intel processor, 60GB solid-state drive and a next-generation Ethernet network, InControl Touch Pro can handle large amounts of data and is exceptionally powerful and responsive.
The centerpiece of the system is its eight-inch capacitive touch-screen that works more like a modern smartphone, than an automotive infotainment system. The home screen can be customized selecting one of several available wallpaper images, widgets offer shortcuts to favorite features and functions, and additional home pages can be added, if desired.
The touch-screen responds to common 'pinch to zoom' and 'swipe' gestures allowing drivers to scroll between home screens. Using this technology, the simple, intuitive user interface of the InControl Touch Pro system is designed to minimize driver distraction. Jaguar has also incorporated a secondary full-screen navigational display in the vehicle's updated instrument cluster, improving line of sight driving and reducing the amount of time a driver needs to take his eyes off the road2.
The functionality of the navigation system is just as impressive. Maps stored on the 60GB solid-state drive of the InControl Touch Pro system can be accessed quicker than with conventional hard drives. Dead-reckoning functionality accurately determines the vehicle's position even when GPS signals cannot be received.
InControl Touch Pro enables door-to-door route planning and guidance, including public transportation options. A companion app allows drivers to plan their route offline and load it into the system at the start of the journey. Once the driver exits the car and the phone is disconnected from the vehicle, the app will continue to provide navigational directions, if need be, on the driver's phone.
A new Commute Mode has also been developed which learns the driver's daily commute to and from the home or office and can automatically offer alternative routes to avoid congestion using historical and real-time traffic information. Approach Mode displays a 360-degree interactive view of the driver's surroundings on the infotainment screen as they get to within 656ft (200m) of their destination, and can even direct the driver to the nearest available parking space.
Meridian™ Audio System
Equal attention has been paid to audio performance. Now standard across the entire XJ range is an 825-watt Meridian, 17-speaker Surround Sound system that delivers exceptional sound performance. Going a step further, customers can opt for the outstanding 26-speaker, 1,300W Meridian Reference sound system. Featuring 17 channels of stereo and surround sound, Meridian's Trifield™ technology ensures optimum reproduction with benchmark low levels of distortion.
Rear Seat Entertainment
To further enhance the luxurious experience of long wheelbase XJ models, customers will be able to specify a new rear seat entertainment system which features driver and passenger-side hideaway 10.2-inch high-definition screens offering a true 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The rear seat entertainment system will also allow passengers to connect personal devices using a variety of different cable options. Two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI, enable charging and media output from a wide range of players, smartphones and tablets.
Connected-Car Technology
The new XJ is the latest vehicle to offer Jaguar InControl® Apps™; an innovative, intuitive technology that enables customers to seamlessly connect their Apple® and Android™ smartphones to the vehicle's infotainment system, via a designated USB port. InControl Apps™ provides access to compatible apps on the customer's smartphone using the vehicle's touch-screen as the main interface2.
Enhanced for 2016, the InControl Remote™, accessed through the InControl Remote App, allows the driver to bring the cabin to a pre-set temperature by remotely starting the engine, check how much fuel is in the tank, remotely lock or unlock the doors and get alerts if the alarm goes off. The app also helps owners locate their vehicle with a map displayed on their smartphone, in case the vehicle was parked in an unfamiliar area.
Using the vehicle's antenna, the new XJ can also function as a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing a 3G connection for up to eight connected devices3.
Should the car be involved in a collision severe enough to trigger the airbags4, InControl Protect automatically notifies emergency services and provide the vehicle's GPS location. Occupants can also trigger an emergency call or roadside assistance manually by pressing a button on the overhead center console.
ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS
All-Surface Progress Control
The new XJ is the latest Jaguar to benefit from the brand's new All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC) technology. Designed to help drivers pull away smoothly on very low friction surfaces, ASPC is a unique system which can make it easier to drive a powerful car, whether RWD or AWD, at low speeds on snow, ice, wet grass or other low traction environments1.
ASPC works like a low-speed cruise control and operates between 2.2mph and 19mph (3.6km/h and 30km/h). The system is activated by pressing a button on the center console, in conjunction with the cruise control switches on the steering wheel to set the maximum speed. Once set, ASPC controls the throttle and brakes, all the driver has to do is to steer.
What makes ASPC so effective is that it doesn't just provide fine control of the throttle, it also uses the vehicle's brakes in conjunction with the throttle. From a standstill, only very low engine torque is applied to the driven wheels, enabling smooth progress with little or no wheel spin. ASPC is compatible with rear- and all-wheel drive can be made even more effective by the fitment of winter tires.
Traffic Sign Recognition
The traffic sign recognition system relies on a forward-facing camera to keep the driver informed of speed limits - including temporary limits which may be in force through road work, for example, and variable limits on highways1. Camera data is compared against GPS data, enhancing accuracy and robustness.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist
The new queue assist function for the adaptive cruise control system has been designed to reduce the effort and monotony of driving in heavy traffic1. Using a long-range radar sensor, the system can now maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, modulating throttle and braking duties, all the way down to a standstill.
Closing Vehicle Sensing
Building on the benefits of blind spot monitoring, the Closing Vehicle Sensing system uses radar sensors to alert the driver to the presence of vehicles approaching fast from behind when changing lanes by displaying a flashing icon in the corner of the side mirrors1.
Park-Assist (RWD models only)
The adoption of EPAS in RWD vehicles enables the new XJ to provide semi-autonomous park-assist functions for both perpendicular and parallel parking1. Ultrasonic sensors measure the space first and, if it's large enough, the system helps manoeuvre the car into position - and, in the case of parallel parking, out again. The driver just controls the accelerator and brakes.
In addition, there's a surround camera system, available on both RWD and AWD models, which combines the view from four cameras to provide a 360-degree view of the area around the car, including a plan view, to make manoeuvring easier.
Reverse Traffic Detection
The radar sensors equipped on the XJ can also help alert the driver of potential hazards when reversing1. If the system senses a vehicle approaching from either side while the XJ is in reverse, the driver is given audible and visual warnings.
The XJ is manufactured alongside the F-TYPE and the all-new XF at the Jaguar Land Rover Castle Bromwich Plant and will be available to U.S. customers in the Fall of 2015.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

 

XJ R-Sport & XJ R-Sport AWD
XJL Portfolio & XJ Portfolio AWD
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

 

Engine capacity (cc)
2,995
Cylinders
Supercharged V6
Valves per cylinder
4; DOHC, variable inlet and exhaust cam timing
Bore/ stroke (mm)
84.5/ 89.0
Compression ratio
10.5:1
Fuel injection
150bar direct injection
Boosting system
Twin-Vortex supercharger
Power HP
340 @ 6,500rpm
Torque lb ft (Nm)
332 (450) @ 3,500-5,000rpm
Transmission
RWD: ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic / AWD: ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic
Gear ratios (:1)

 

1st
4.714
2nd
3.143
3rd
2.106
4th
1.667
5th
1.285
6th
1.000
7th
0.839
8th
0.667
Reverse
RWD: 3.295 / AWD: 3.317
Final Drive
2.73
CHASSIS

 

Front suspension
Double wishbone
Rear suspension
Double wishbone
Steering
RWD: Rack-and-pinion; electromechanical power-assisted
AWD: Rack-and-pinion; power-assisted
DIMENSIONS

 

Length inches (mm)
202 (5,130)
206.9 (5,255)
Width inc./ excl. mirrors inches (mm)
82.9 (2,105) / 74.8 (1,899)
82.9 (2,105) / 74.8 (1,899)
Height inches (mm)
57.5 (1,460)
57.5 (1,460)
Wheelbase inches (mm)
119.4 (3,032)
124.3 (3,157)
Track front/ rear inches (mm)
64 (1,626) / 63.1 (1,604)
64 (1,626) / 63.1 (1,604)
Curb weight lbs (kg)
RWD: From 3,891 (1,765) /
AWD: From 4,112 (1,865)
RWD: From 3,913 (1,775) /
AWD: From 4,134 (1,875)
Fuel tank; usable gallons (litres)
21 (80)
21 (80)
PERFORMANCE

 


0-60mph (sec)5
RWD: 5.7 / AWD: 6.1
0-100km/h (sec)
RWD: 5.9 / AWD: 6.4
Top speed mph (km/h)
155 (250)

 

 

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

 

XJ Supercharged
XJL Supercharged
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

 

Engine capacity (cc)
5,000
Cylinders
Supercharged V8
Valves per cylinder
4; DOHC, variable inlet and exhaust cam timing
Bore/ stroke (mm)
92.5/ 93.0
Compression ratio
9.5:1
Fuel injection
150bar direct injection
Boosting system
Twin-Vortex supercharger
Power HP
470 @ 6,000-6,500rpm
Torque lb ft (Nm)
424 (575) @ 2,000-5,500rpm
Transmission
ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic
Gear ratios (:1)

 

1st
4.714
2nd
3.143
3rd
2.106
4th
1.667
5th
1.285
6th
1.000
7th
0.839
8th
0.667
Reverse
3.317
Final Drive
2.56
CHASSIS

 

Front suspension
Double wishbone
Rear suspension
Double wishbone
Steering
Rack-and-pinion; electromechanical power-assisted
DIMENSIONS

 

Length inches (mm)
202 (5,130)
206.9 (5,255)
Width inc./ excl. mirrors inches (mm)
82.9 (2,105) / 74.8 (1,899)
82.9 (2,105) / 74.8 (1,899)
Height inches (mm)
57.5 (1,460)
57.5 (1,460)
Wheelbase inches (mm)
119.4 (3,032)
124.3 (3,157)
Track front/ rear inches (mm)
64 (1,626) / 63.1 (1,604)
64 (1,626) / 63.1 (1,604)
Curb weight lbs (kg)
From 4,134 (1,875)
From 4,156 (1,885)
Fuel tank; usable (litres)
21 (80)
21 (80)
PERFORMANCE

 

0-60mph (sec)5
4.9
0-100km/h (sec)
5.2
Top speed mph (km/h)
155 (250)

 

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

 

XJR
XJR LWB
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

 

Engine capacity (cc)
5,000
Cylinders
Supercharged V8
Valves per cylinder
4; DOHC, variable inlet and exhaust cam timing
Bore/ stroke (mm)
92.5/ 93.0
Compression ratio
9.5:1
Fuel injection
150bar direct injection
Boosting system
Twin-Vortex supercharger
Power PS (kW)
550 (405) @ 6,000-6,500rpm
Torque Nm (lb ft)
680 (502) @ 3,500-4,000rpm
Transmission
ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic
Gear ratios (:1)

 

1st
4.714
2nd
3.143
3rd
2.106
4th
1.667
5th
1.285
6th
1.000
7th
0.839
8th
0.667
Reverse
3.317
Final Drive
2.56
CHASSIS

 

Front suspension
Double wishbone
Rear suspension
Double wishbone
Steering
Rack-and-pinion; electromechanical power-assisted
DIMENSIONS

 

Length inches (mm)
202 (5,130)
206.9 (5,255)
Width inc./ excl. mirrors inches (mm)
82.9 (2,105) / 74.8 (1,899)
82.9 (2,105) / 74.8 (1,899)
Height inches (mm)
57.5 (1,460)
57.5 (1,460)
Wheelbase inches (mm)
119.4 (3,032)
124.3 (3,157)
Track front/ rear inches (mm)
64 (1,626) / 63.1 (1,604)
64 (1,626) / 63.1 (1,604)
Curb weight lbs (kg)
From 4,134 (1,875)
From 4,156 (1,885)
Fuel tank; usable gallons (litres)
21 (80)
21 (80)
PERFORMANCE

 

0-60mph (sec)5
4.4
0-100km/h (sec)
4.6
Top speed mph (km/h)
174 (280)


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First and foremost I absolutely FAIL.. to see the differences in this new on and the one we have been looking at sporadically for the past 5 years. I FAIL.. to see why no one calls certain companies out on BULL$h! like this yet get on Cadillac for making their CT6 resemble the gorgeous CTS.

 

Jag's advantage of weight is no longer an advantage:

Curb weight lbs (kg)
RWD: From 3,891 (1,765) /
AWD: From 4,112 (1,865)
RWD: From 3,913 (1,775) /
AWD: From 4,134 (1,875)
 
CT6 is promised to not go over 4000
 
The lightest XJ is still 3900. The CT6 is promised to be 3650 base.
 
Wheel base of 119.4 to 124.3, meaning the difference between it and the CT6 is in the middle with the Cadillac being 1.9 inches shorter than the LWB XJ, yet 3 inches longer than the SWB
 
 
Interior wise I am gonna go with Caddy again. The Jag looks like it has not gone any further. And what is it suddenly with the need for the seats to look like quilts in luxo cars.. and Kia???

 

 

 

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I totally agree with Cmicasa on his take on this FAILURE of Jag!

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My my, this Kitty has aged horribly.

When this car came out I was in love with the sexiness of it. I was totally ready to forget about years 1994-2007. However...looking at how awkward the front fascia looks, how the C-Pillar looks weird, I long for the Series II & III...

If LSX swaps are overdone...this is the one car that begs for a Chevy Small Block to be dropped under its hood.

 

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And of course coupe

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I liked the very last of the "classic" style.

 

Are we talking about the generation before this one?

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He's talking about this sexy cat... respectable as EFF.. and not chasing any one

2009_jaguar_xj_sedan_xjr_fq_oem_1_500.jp

Yeah, that. After putting this article up, I poked around on Autotrader and found one of those in LWB Portfolio trim for very reasonable money. very sharp car

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^^^

Especially in supercharged form, that generation was a beast.

 

I noticed how I worded my comments about me being ready to forget the 1994-2007 models could be viewed as negative.

What I meant to say is that I was ready for Jaguar's new generation and new looks. I liked the new direction.

But unfortunately...the XJ has aged horribly, and the XF is heading in the same direction for me....and that is why I long for Jag's XJ Series II and III...because those lines are timeless. And yeah...like Drew said...the last of the "classic" style indeed.

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He's talking about this sexy cat... respectable as EFF.. and not chasing any one

2009_jaguar_xj_sedan_xjr_fq_oem_1_500.jp

Yeah, that. After putting this article up, I poked around on Autotrader and found one of those in LWB Portfolio trim for very reasonable money. very sharp car

 

 

 

 

 

It was a flagship, that was not the S-Class, wasn't German, wasn't fat as $h!.. and people knu U were well-off when U pulled up. 

Cadillac.. will U market the CT6 the way the OLD XJ was marketed  please?

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He's talking about this sexy cat... respectable as EFF.. and not chasing any one

2009_jaguar_xj_sedan_xjr_fq_oem_1_500.jp

Yeah, that. After putting this article up, I poked around on Autotrader and found one of those in LWB Portfolio trim for very reasonable money. very sharp car

 

 

 

 

 

It was a flagship, that was not the S-Class, wasn't German, wasn't fat as $h!.. and people knu U were well-off when U pulled up. 

Cadillac.. will U market the CT6 the way the OLD XJ was marketed  please?

 

And it had a proper horizontal Jag dash w/ a plank 'o wood.  The current XJ dash is so generic and styleless...

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This is a mid-cycle enhancement, so nothing much to get excited about.  I thought the XJ looked cool when it came out, and the XJR models still do sort of, but it is looking like a bit of a boring design.  It is too rounded off, too much jelly bean shape like every other car on the road.

 

I also was a big fan of the 2004-2008 era XJ, especially the XJR since it had the sport body kit and wheels.  That car just looked different than everything else, it looked old school and bad ass, like something a mafia hitman would drive.  And they were dirt cheap used compared to other luxury cars.

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Well...the interior of the Jaguar is from 2009...Its an older design...

And...the dashboard and console displays can be personalized and configured to display what the driver wants. That would be a common and expected feature today in 2015, but in 2009, Jaguar was amongst the first to offer this. So...although the design might look dated, the tech behind the LCD dashboard and console screen  could be said is innovative one could say that Cadillac FINALLY caught up to the 21st century...just sayin'

 

I mean...the Jaguar XJ is not all that bad...

It still pampers you...

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Id say that is a BIG win for the Jaaaaaaaaaag as compared to the Cadillac CT6...

Executive seating in the back for the CT6...

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Yeah...I know....give Cadillac enough time to grow into top tier 1...cool...but we cant just tear down another competitor just because....especially when that competitor's vehicle is still above the food chain of the best vehicle our favorite brand offers...

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^^^^having say in the back of the CT6at the NY show.. I can attest that the seats in the rear.. that I'll never want to ride in.. do recline and move aft and fore.. the media center is awesome and there is a proposed table setting as well.

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I do like the new XJ also, but it needed more than the refresh it got.   I wish Jaguar had worked on the 3.0 V6 NHV, it feels buzzy and not premium at all. 

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I'd take the XJ interior over the CT6 I think.  The XJ has a lot of that piano black trim that I don't like, but I still like the style and design of the XJ interior.  S-class beats them all tough.

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      Full story can be read here: http://www.thedrive.com/tech/21587/jaguar-breaks-world-electric-boat-speed-record
       
    • By William Maley
      Last week, Kia announced a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system that would be paired up with a diesel engine to improve performance and emissions. The first model will be the European-market Sportage. Today, Kia has unveiled a lightly refreshed Sportage with minor updates and more information on the mild-hybrid system.
      Exterior changes are quite small with new bumpers and headlights. The top GT-Line comes with new chrome trim and metallic skid plates. Inside, Kia has fitted a new steering wheel and instrument cluster. For safety, the 2019 Sportage gets Kia's Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, around-view camera system, and a driver attention warning.
      As for the mild-hybrid powertrain, it will come paired with a 2.0L ‘R’ diesel four-cylinder. No power figures or fuel economy figures were provided by Kia. The company also announced a new 1.6L diesel that will take the place of the 1.7. 
      Kia will launch the 2019 Sportage in Europe in the next quarter. We're expecting Kia to do something similar to the U.S. Sportage, minus the diesel mild-hybrid engine. But it should be noted that Kia is working on a mild-hybrid system for gas engines, so our updated Sportage could have a mild-hybrid powertrain of its own.
      Source: Kia


      KIA UNVEILS NEW SPORTAGE WITH DIESEL MILD-HYBRID POWERTRAIN, NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND FRESH DESIGN
      Wednesday, 23 May 2018
      Updated interior and exterior design for UK and global best-seller Revised powertrain line-up includes EcoDynamics+ 2.0-litre diesel mild-hybrid and efficient new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel EcoDynamics+ powertrain reduces CO2 emissions by up to four per cent under WLTP New technologies include upgraded infotainment and active driver aids On-sale in Europe during Q3 2018 Kia Motors has revealed the New Kia Sportage, introducing a range of enhancements to the brand’s UK, European and global best-seller. The new model pairs an updated exterior and interior design with new safety and infotainment technologies. Powertrains are also fully-compliant with future emissions standards.
      The Sportage’s advanced new EcoDynamic+ 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain is the first to be launched as part of the brand’s global powertrain electrification strategy. Kia is the first manufacturer to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt mild-hybrid technology across its full model line-up. Kia will launch 16 advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, five battery-electric vehicles and, in 2020, a new fuel-cell electric vehicle.
      Kia sold more than 131,000 examples of the Sportage in 2017, representing a quarter of the brand’s total European sales. In the UK, the Sportage continues to be the brand’s biggest seller with 39,683 delivered to customers in 2017, making up over a third of UK sales last year. Updates to the Sportage range also include modifications to ‘GT-Line’ models. European customer deliveries of the new model will start during Q3 2018.
      Upgraded powertrains include new EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid
      The Sportage now offers a wider range of engines, including Kia’s new ‘EcoDynamics+’ 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain. EcoDynamics+ supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery, and extends engine ‘off time’ with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit. It can reduce CO2 emissions by up to four per cent on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).
      The Sportage’s existing 1.7-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) diesel engine has been replaced with Kia’s efficient new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ CRDi engine, the cleanest diesel engine Kia has ever made. The new 1.6-litre diesel engine produces 115 or 136ps, with higher-powered models available with all-wheel drive and seven-speed double-clutch transmission.
      All powertrains are now fully compliant with the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standards.
      Updates to attractive Kia SUV design
      Improvements to the Sportage’s sporty exterior design include new front and rear bumpers, as well as redesigned front and rear lamps and new 16-, 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs. Options include chrome sill trim and metallic skid plates, and five new paint colours.
      ‘GT-Line’ models are equipped with a gloss black hot-stamped radiator grille, a gloss black and silver skid plate, and dark chrome inserts on the side sills and rear tailgate. The GT-Line’s unique 19-inch alloy wheels have been redesigned, and all models are fitted with a dual exhaust rear valance and revised ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamp designs.
      The newly-refined cabin features a new steering wheel and revised instrument cluster, as well as new black-and-grey two-tone upholstery. ‘GT-Line’ models are available with new black-and-grey two-tone leather seats, or optional black leather with red accents.
      Smart safety technologies and new infotainment systems
      The new Sportage adopts Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance systems, including Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go, an Around View Monitor for easier parking manoeuvres, and Driver Attention Warning, to combat fatigue and inattentiveness at the wheel. European customers have a choice of Kia’s new infotainment systems: a 7.0-inch touchscreen, or a new ‘frameless’ 8.0-inch infotainment system.
      UK on-sale date, pricing and specification will be announced in due course.

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    • By William Maley
      Last week, Kia announced a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system that would be paired up with a diesel engine to improve performance and emissions. The first model will be the European-market Sportage. Today, Kia has unveiled a lightly refreshed Sportage with minor updates and more information on the mild-hybrid system.
      Exterior changes are quite small with new bumpers and headlights. The top GT-Line comes with new chrome trim and metallic skid plates. Inside, Kia has fitted a new steering wheel and instrument cluster. For safety, the 2019 Sportage gets Kia's Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, around-view camera system, and a driver attention warning.
      As for the mild-hybrid powertrain, it will come paired with a 2.0L ‘R’ diesel four-cylinder. No power figures or fuel economy figures were provided by Kia. The company also announced a new 1.6L diesel that will take the place of the 1.7. 
      Kia will launch the 2019 Sportage in Europe in the next quarter. We're expecting Kia to do something similar to the U.S. Sportage, minus the diesel mild-hybrid engine. But it should be noted that Kia is working on a mild-hybrid system for gas engines, so our updated Sportage could have a mild-hybrid powertrain of its own.
      Source: Kia


      KIA UNVEILS NEW SPORTAGE WITH DIESEL MILD-HYBRID POWERTRAIN, NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND FRESH DESIGN
      Wednesday, 23 May 2018
      Updated interior and exterior design for UK and global best-seller Revised powertrain line-up includes EcoDynamics+ 2.0-litre diesel mild-hybrid and efficient new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel EcoDynamics+ powertrain reduces CO2 emissions by up to four per cent under WLTP New technologies include upgraded infotainment and active driver aids On-sale in Europe during Q3 2018 Kia Motors has revealed the New Kia Sportage, introducing a range of enhancements to the brand’s UK, European and global best-seller. The new model pairs an updated exterior and interior design with new safety and infotainment technologies. Powertrains are also fully-compliant with future emissions standards.
      The Sportage’s advanced new EcoDynamic+ 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain is the first to be launched as part of the brand’s global powertrain electrification strategy. Kia is the first manufacturer to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt mild-hybrid technology across its full model line-up. Kia will launch 16 advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, five battery-electric vehicles and, in 2020, a new fuel-cell electric vehicle.
      Kia sold more than 131,000 examples of the Sportage in 2017, representing a quarter of the brand’s total European sales. In the UK, the Sportage continues to be the brand’s biggest seller with 39,683 delivered to customers in 2017, making up over a third of UK sales last year. Updates to the Sportage range also include modifications to ‘GT-Line’ models. European customer deliveries of the new model will start during Q3 2018.
      Upgraded powertrains include new EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid
      The Sportage now offers a wider range of engines, including Kia’s new ‘EcoDynamics+’ 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain. EcoDynamics+ supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery, and extends engine ‘off time’ with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit. It can reduce CO2 emissions by up to four per cent on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).
      The Sportage’s existing 1.7-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) diesel engine has been replaced with Kia’s efficient new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ CRDi engine, the cleanest diesel engine Kia has ever made. The new 1.6-litre diesel engine produces 115 or 136ps, with higher-powered models available with all-wheel drive and seven-speed double-clutch transmission.
      All powertrains are now fully compliant with the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standards.
      Updates to attractive Kia SUV design
      Improvements to the Sportage’s sporty exterior design include new front and rear bumpers, as well as redesigned front and rear lamps and new 16-, 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs. Options include chrome sill trim and metallic skid plates, and five new paint colours.
      ‘GT-Line’ models are equipped with a gloss black hot-stamped radiator grille, a gloss black and silver skid plate, and dark chrome inserts on the side sills and rear tailgate. The GT-Line’s unique 19-inch alloy wheels have been redesigned, and all models are fitted with a dual exhaust rear valance and revised ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamp designs.
      The newly-refined cabin features a new steering wheel and revised instrument cluster, as well as new black-and-grey two-tone upholstery. ‘GT-Line’ models are available with new black-and-grey two-tone leather seats, or optional black leather with red accents.
      Smart safety technologies and new infotainment systems
      The new Sportage adopts Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance systems, including Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go, an Around View Monitor for easier parking manoeuvres, and Driver Attention Warning, to combat fatigue and inattentiveness at the wheel. European customers have a choice of Kia’s new infotainment systems: a 7.0-inch touchscreen, or a new ‘frameless’ 8.0-inch infotainment system.
      UK on-sale date, pricing and specification will be announced in due course.
    • By William Maley
      While the spotlight has been on crossovers and their upcoming EV, Jaguar is still committed to building sports cars.
      “The F-Type has been a huge success. We love sports cars – and I use the plural quite deliberately. Whether that is delivered by a body variant or something else remains to be seen, but for now let’s just say that the body type is very important for us,” said Hanno Kirner, the person overseeing product strategy at Jaguar Land Rover.
      Emphasis mine. Jaguar only has one sports car at the moment - the F-Type. But according to Autocar, a second coupe being the successor to the XK (departed Jaguar's lineup in 2014). Some of their evidence comes from comments made by Jaguar’s head of design, Ian Callum last year.
      “I want a two-seater [the F-Type] and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design.”
      Reportedly, Callum's team completed a design concept for an XK replacement but was scrapped when Jaguar killed the XK.
      Autocar says this new successor to the XK isn't expected until after 2021. Part of this comes down to a new modular platform that is currently being worked on and will debut on the next-generation F-Type - due in 2019. This new platform is reportedly flexible enough to do a 2+2 coupe. Jaguar's Ingenium engine family will provide power for both models and expect some hot versions, including an SVR variant down the road. There is also talk about electrification, but that appears to be a long way out.
      Source: Autocar

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    • By William Maley
      While the spotlight has been on crossovers and their upcoming EV, Jaguar is still committed to building sports cars.
      “The F-Type has been a huge success. We love sports cars – and I use the plural quite deliberately. Whether that is delivered by a body variant or something else remains to be seen, but for now let’s just say that the body type is very important for us,” said Hanno Kirner, the person overseeing product strategy at Jaguar Land Rover.
      Emphasis mine. Jaguar only has one sports car at the moment - the F-Type. But according to Autocar, a second coupe being the successor to the XK (departed Jaguar's lineup in 2014). Some of their evidence comes from comments made by Jaguar’s head of design, Ian Callum last year.
      “I want a two-seater [the F-Type] and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design.”
      Reportedly, Callum's team completed a design concept for an XK replacement but was scrapped when Jaguar killed the XK.
      Autocar says this new successor to the XK isn't expected until after 2021. Part of this comes down to a new modular platform that is currently being worked on and will debut on the next-generation F-Type - due in 2019. This new platform is reportedly flexible enough to do a 2+2 coupe. Jaguar's Ingenium engine family will provide power for both models and expect some hot versions, including an SVR variant down the road. There is also talk about electrification, but that appears to be a long way out.
      Source: Autocar
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