Jaguar has announced pricing and range details of their updated flagship, the 2018 XJ which is set for a launch this fall.
The highlight of the 2018MY refresh is of course the new XJR575 which now offers 575hp out of its supercharged 5.0-liter V8.
0-60mph comes in 4.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.4) while the top speed is set at an adequate 186mph (300km/h). Jaguar reckons the new XJR575 needs 44 seconds of wide open throttle to hit its top speed from a standstill.
To reflect the angrier character of the big XJ, Jaguar has given it a slightly more aggressive look, including a different front bumper, twin bonnet louvers, bigger front air intakes, fatter side sills, a retractable rear wing and a set of 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels, among other features.
The rest of the 2018MY XJ range has been updated with the latest tech features, including 4G Wi-Fi capability, a larger 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display that supports pinch and zoom, Forward Traffic Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor, and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, among others.
Customers in the US will be able to choose between short- and long-wheelbase configurations and between rear- and all-wheel drive for the 340hp V6 version. Bigger V8 models are offered only with rear-wheel drive.
Long wheelbase models can be also equipped with the Premium Rear Seat Package, which replaces the regular bench for a pair of individual ‘airline style’ reclining seats with adjustable bolsters.
“The Jaguar XJ has a number of roles to fulfil. It must remain exciting to drive but also be incredibly compliant and comfortable,” said Ian Callum, Director of Jaguar Design. “Our advanced Lightweight Aluminum Architecture means we are able to create a vehicle that has an authoritative yet elegant stance. Inside, absolute precision is a prerequisite – exceptional craftsmanship ensures all occupants experience the feeling of ultimate luxury and refinement.”
Pricing for the 2018 Jaguar XJ kicks off at $75,400 for the RWD R-Sport V6 model, with the XJR575 asking for $122,400. Jaguar will begin sales of the 2018 XJ this fall.