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Jaguar updates XJ luxury saloon

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Jaguar has unveiled the updated 2016 version of its sleek XJ luxury saloon. This new model features design updates inside and out, along with a revised 3.0-litre diesel engine, which offers greater power than before along with reduced emissions.

Changes to the 3.0-litre diesel engine mean that it now offers up 296bhp, while CO2 emissions have dropped by more than six per cent, with the motor now producing 149g/km – placing it into the £145 per year tax band. This motor now powers the XJ to 62mph in a rapid 6.2 seconds thanks to its power hike of 25bhp over its predecessor, while claimed economy stands at a reasonable 49.6mpg. A 335bhp supercharged 3.0-litre petrol – which is also available with four-wheel drive – plus 503bhp and 543bhp 5.0-litre supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrols are also available.

Meanwhile, tweaks to the exterior of the car see new full LED headlights arriving, while the XJ now offers a new eight-inch touchscreen media system with sat nav, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple and Android smartphone connectivity and an extremely potent 26-speaker, 1,300W Meridian sound system. The sat nav map can also be displayed, full screen, in the 12.3-inch digital dials that replace a traditional speedometer and rev counter.

New R-Sport and Autobiography trim levels now sit alongside the existing Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio and XJR variants. The updated XJ will go on sale in autumn with prices starting at £58,690 for the short wheelbase 3.0-litre diesel Luxury model and rising to £100,000 for the range-topping long wheelbase supercharged 5.0-litre petrol Autobiography version.

Author: Chris Lloyd


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