One more luxury limousine, this time here’s the new 2017 Jaguar XJ. The current model of the XJ is Jaguar’s flagship luxury sedan and it has been on the market ever since 2009 when it set the trend for all the future Jaguar models. However, the design is not starting to be a bit old and the car is not really up to the task of competing with the latest luxury sedans in its class. In order to get ahead once again and also set the trend for the future Jaguar cars, a new model is going to be released in the near future.
The 2017 Jaguar XJ is going to be an all new car which will make use of Jaguar’s modular platform rather than the old one which was both heavy and not that great for driving.
The new platform should allow the XJ to be at least a couple hundred pounds lighter than before and the new aluminum and composite design should also increase its rigidity and decrease the NVH levels considerably. On top of the new platform, the exterior and the interior of the car will change dramatically while its engines should get a complete makeover.
Design – Interior & Exterior
Just as we mentioned, the design of the new 2017 Jaguar XJ will change a lot over the current model which is quite dated by now. The size of the car is likely going to stay similar to the current model but everything else will change. This may also be the first Jaguar to receive a shooting brake design which will get rid of the current curved glass in the back in the favor of a sloped roof with a smaller window for a more aggressive look.
In the front, the shape of the grille will be maintained but the headlights and everything else will change. The back could get a more minimalistic look with its tailpipes hidden from view in the lower end models.
The interior should also see a lot of updates over the current model which is great when it comes to the quality of the materials but not to great when it comes to the actual layout or even equipment level. The new car will offer more leg and headroom across the board and on top of that, it will come with the latest technologies Jaguar has to offer.
The Engine range
Engine wise, the 2017 Jaguar XJ is likely going to come with only high performance engines, especially since there are now more Jaguar models to satisfy everyone’s needs. The base car might be a hybrid, for the first time in their history, a 2 liter Ingenium coupled with a pair of electric motors that could offer up to 300 horsepower and more than 500 lb-ft of torque.
Further up the range, a 3 liter supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque is going to be available while the top of the range models could offer a newly developed 5 liter V8 which will be more economical and also more powerful than the current generation. Rumors say that this engine could offer as much as 600 horsepower in the supercharged form and it will be around 5% more economical than the current version. All models will come as standard with an 8 speed automatic and rear wheel drive while all wheel drive will be available on certain select engines.
2017 Jaguar XJ Release date
The release date is currently unknown but it is safe to assume that the production model will be ready by the end of 2016, especially since a fully working prototype has been caught testing a few months back. The price is likely going to start at roughly $80,000 and it could go to as much as $150,000 or more, depending on what the customers want.
|The Price range|
|XJ R-Sport||3.0L Supercharged V6;340hp||$74.400|
|XJ R-Sport AWD||3.0L Supercharged V6;340hp||$77.900|
|XJ Supercharged||5.0L Supercharged V8;470hp||$92.000|
|XJR||5.0L Supercharged V8;550hp||$118.000|
|XJR LWB||5.0L Supercharged V8; 550hp||$121.000|
The biggest competitors are 2016 BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class.