The 2006 Jaguar XJ | Part Three

Jaguar XJ

Jaguar XJ

Key Features
  • New 2.7 litre twin-turbo V6 Diesel introduced to XJ range - the first diesel XJ.
  • Latest twin-turbo commonrail diesel engine technology means the 2.7 litre V6 produces 207PS (152kW) EEC and 435Nm of torque.
  • Fitted with a Catalysed Diesel Particulate Filter (CDPF) to meet Euro Stage IV emissions requirements.
  • Accelerates from 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds, with a top speed of 141mph (225km/h), yet returns 35mpg (combined cycle).
  • Electronically controlled active engine mounts on diesel model - an industry first - cancel engine idle vibration by 90 per cent.

2006 Model Year XJ saloons also benefit from a large number of additional changes:

  • Subtle revision to the XJ’s exterior appearance thanks to removal of front and rear screen finishers and body side mouldings.
  • Even better refinement for all XJ models with the introduction of acoustic laminated glass, a new secondary bulkhead system, isolated driver’s airbag and modifications to the bonnet sealing system.
  • Bluetooth wireless system is available, allowing drivers to use a compatible mobile phone in a safe, legal and convenient manner.
  • Uprated braking system with a bigger disc and calliper assembly.
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to highlight an excessive loss in vehicle tyre pressure.
  • Two new alloy wheels are introduced: The 19-inch Sabre Wheel replaces the 19-inch Performance wheel on XJR models. A new 18-inch Tucana Wheel is now standard on Executive models, replacing the 18-inch Luxury Wheel.
  • Two new exterior colours - Winter Gold and Indigo replace Topaz and Pacific respectively.
  • Aluminium veneer becomes standard on XJR and Sport Premium models, replacing Grey stained Bird's Eye Maple.

The 2006 XJ line-up has been rationalised by reducing the number of models and focusing on a stronger value proposition. As a result, the SE models are deleted and replaced by improved value Sovereign models. In addition, the Long Wheelbase package is strengthened by standardising the optional features that customers typically choose.

The 2006 MY Jaguar XJ range is now as follows:

  • XJ6 3.0 V6 Executive
  • XJ 2.7 TDVi Executive
  • XJ6 3.0 V6 Sovereign
  • XJ 2.7 TDVi Sport Premium
  • XJ 2.7 TDVi Sovereign
  • XJ8 3.5 V8 Sport Premium
  • XJ8 4.2 V8 Sovereign
  • XJR 4.2 supercharged V8
  • XJ8 4.2 Sovereign LWB
  • Super V8 LWB 4.2 supercharged petrol
Improvements To All 2006 Jaguar XJ Models

Coinciding with the introduction of the new diesel-powered XJ are a host of additional improvements to 2006 Model Year Jaguar XJ models. Widely regarded as being the most refined premium saloon on sale today, significant advances to all new XJs will ensure that the car retains that position.

Jaguar is the first manufacturer in the premium vehicle sector to introduce acoustic laminated glass. This glass reduces wind noise and engine noise levels by up to five decibels above standard laminated glass. Jaguar is also the first manufacturer to feature a bonnet liner with integrated side seals which further improve noise levels in the cabin.

Similarly, the driver’s airbag is now isolated from the steering wheel, which significantly reduces the level of vibration transmitted through to the driver.

As well as ensuring Jaguar customers own one of the most refined cars in the world, the addition of several new technology features to all models guarantees they also own one of the safest. The optional Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) assists the driver by highlighting an excessive loss in vehicle tyre pressure. TPMS also measures the pressure in each of the tyres on the vehicle and issues warnings if any of the pressures deviate to a significant level.

An Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL) feature can be used by the driver to select a maximum vehicle speed limit. This is an additional function which is incorporated into the current cruise control system. When the ASL has been set, the throttle will respond to the driver’s demand until the set limit is reached. At this point, provided the throttle position is sustained, the vehicle will maintain the set speed. The ASL system can be cancelled by either switching to cruise control, applying kick-down on the accelerator pedal or by pushing the cancel button. ASL is used separately rather than together with the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system.

Aware that safe and legal mobile phone usage is vital to nearly all our customers, Jaguar introduced Bluetooth connectivity to the XJ as an optional feature in the 2005 Model Year, replacing the previous fixed phone solution.

The system has been developed by Jaguar in conjunction with Motorola and is compatible with a number of current Bluetooth handsets. The main benefit of the Bluetooth integration feature is the flexibility and simplicity it offers, providing primary phone functions while interacting with on-board vehicle controls such as steering wheel buttons, the audio system, touch-screen and JaguarVoice control (where fitted). The phone can be left in the driver's bag or pocket and does not need to be docked into the vehicle.

Calls can be actioned by using the steering wheel controls and audio or touch-screen keypads. The audio will be muted and the dedicated microphone, carried over from previous systems, switched on. Voice commands can be used where the optional JaguarVoice system is fitted.

Published 15 June 2005 Melanie Carter

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