The New XJ At A Glance

  • The new XJ is the most advanced production Jaguar ever.
  • It is the seventh generation of the car recognised as the definitive Jaguar saloon.
  • An aluminium monocoque body replaces traditional steel construction.
  • Longer, taller and wider than its predecessor – but up to 200 kg lighter.
  • Constructed using rivet bonding and adhesives – state-of-the-art techniques learned from the aerospace industry.
  • The new XJ’s body is 40 per cent lighter and 60 per cent stiffer.
  • Extensive use of aluminium has assured the return of the XJ6 badge, the car powered by a 240 bhp, 3.0-litre V6 engine.
  • The XJ6 weighs from just 1545 kg – an advantage of around 200 kg over some bulkier competitors.
  • Other engine options are a new 3.5-litre V8, a 4.2-litre V8 and a 4.2-litre V8 supercharged, the last of these producing 400 bhp (DIN).
  • All models feature an advanced six-speed ZF automatic transmission. There is no manual gearbox option.
  • The new XJ is both quicker and more economical across the board than the outgoing generation – and many of its competitors. As an example, the quickest model in the new XJ range, the XJR, dispatches the 0-60 mph sprint in just 5.0 seconds (5.3 seconds 0-100 km/h) and has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). The XJ6 records respectively 7.8 seconds 0-60 mph (8.1 seconds 0-100 km/h) and 145 mph (233 km/h).
  • The new XJ is among the safest cars in its class, with ground-breaking technologies such as Jaguar’s innovative A.R.T.S. Adaptive Restraint Technology System providing advanced protection at all times. It is also one of the first vehicles to meet the new FMVSS208 US crash standard.
  • The new XJ is engineered for repairability. The unique Bolt-On-Front-End (BOFE) is designed to allow 10 mph (15 km/h) frontal impact without the car suffering structural damage. The assembly has impact-absorbing properties including extruded aluminium 'crash cans' that channel impact energy onward from the bumper beam in a controlled path. The class-leading 15E insurance group of the XJ6 3.0 Classic is made possible because of this technology.
  • In line with Jaguar’s continuing determination to offer relevant driver-assisting technologies, features of the new XJ include Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Cruise Control (with new Forward Alert function) Emergency Brake Assist and JaguarVoice.
  • All new XJs have air suspension and a new generation of Jaguar’s sophisticated Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) as standard.
  • The fuel economy of the new XJ6 for the combined official cycle is 27.0 mpg/10.5 l/100 km. The same figures for other XJ models are 26.5 mpg/10.7 l/100 km (3.5-litre V8) 26.0 mpg/10.9 l/100 km (4.2-litre V8) and 23.0 mpg/12.3 l/100 km (4.2-litre V8 supercharged).
  • Carbon dioxide emissions for the new XJ range start at 249 g/km – the same figure as an automatic 3.0-litre X-TYPE. The range-topping, 400 bhp (DIN) XJR and Super V8 models produce an equally impressive 299 g/km.
  • Prices will be announced just prior to the new XJ going on sale next spring.
Published 4 December 2002 Melanie Carter

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