Jaguar updates XJ sedan for 2013

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Though Jaguar's XJ has been in production since 1968, the British luxury sedan mostly underwent evolutionary exterior and interior design updates rather than drastic departures until the current generation XJ arrived in 2009. Today's XJ diverges from past models, signifying a new modern era for Jaguar. For model year 2013, Jaguar has added to the XJ's modernity with a host of improvements, one of which is a new V6 powertrain.

Replacing the XJ's base 5.0-litre V8, the more efficient 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine develops 335 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque and allows for estimated fuel economy of 9.4 L/100km combined city/highway. The new engine debuts in the XJ, but will also be featured in the XF sedan and forthcoming F-Type sports car, which arrives later in 2013. Jaguar will continue to offer a top-line supercharged 5.0-litre V8 in the XJ, which yields 503 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque plus a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of 11.3 L/100 km.

The V6 powertrain allows the 2013 XJ to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, while the V8 alternative manages the same feat in 4.9 seconds.

Jaguar replaces the outgoing XJ's six-speed automatic with a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission that includes Intelligent Stop-Start as standard. The start-stop system essentially shuts the engine off when it would otherwise be at idle, therefore reducing CO2 emissions and improving fuel economy. Lifting off the brake pedal immediately restarts the engine, allowing seamlessly quick takeoff.

The upcoming 2013 XJ rides on an updated suspension that offers improved refinement and performance thanks to recalibrated spring and damper tuning as well as remapped damper software for "enhanced ride isolation and passenger comfort on all road surfaces," says Jaguar in its press release.

The changes for 2013 also extend to the interior with such features as standard Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) and an available Meridian premium audio system. With 825 watts of power, the XJ's 20-speaker sound system exhibits lower levels of harmonic distortion, therefore requiring a lower power output to achieve high levels of audio clarity.

With a new more fuel-efficient V6 and upgraded features, Jaguar's 2013 XJ will more readily compete in the full-size luxury sedan segment, against such rivals as the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
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Topics: Luxury Sedan, Jaguar, 2013, XJ Series, $75,000 - $99,999, $99,999+,

Organizations: Jaguar

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