The XJ saloon’s elegant lines are enhanced by the increased length – the subtle increase in roof height ensures that the visual profile remains pure XJ. A range of new front grilles (depending on model, and shared by the SWB) plus the adoption of bigger, 18-inch diameter alloy wheels as standard (with 19- and 20-inch options) confirm the luxurious, dynamic, distinctively Jaguar character of the long wheelbase version.
"The long wheelbase models add another dimension to the XJ line-up. The New XJ was designed from the outset to be available in long wheelbase guise and that is why the car seems natural in its styling and feel. The extra length also has the effect of visually lowering the car, giving it an even sleeker appearance."
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars
Despite the increase in length, the XJ Long Wheelbase remains compact enough to fit into a normal-size garage, and can easily cope with the tight spaces of multi-storey car parks – its turning circle is just 34cm (13 inches) wider than that of the standard wheelbase XJ saloon.
Dynamically, too, the New XJ Long Wheelbase is virtually indistinguishable from the standard wheelbase car. The aluminium monocoque shell retains its exceptional stiffness and light weight, while spring and damper settings and suspension mounts and bushings have been revised to give the XJ LWB the same highly acclaimed level of ride, handling balance and steering feel as the standard wheelbase model. The revised suspension mountings also reduce transmitted noise levels and improve overall refinement.
The XJ LWB includes a full list of active and passive safety features. Jaguar’s Adaptive Restraint Technology System (A.R.T.S.) combines dual-stage driver and passenger airbags with seat-occupation sensing, side-impact chest airbags in the front seat bolsters, front and rear side air curtains, anti-whiplash seat design and ISOFIX rear child seat attachments. The XJ LWB has four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), traction control and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard. High levels of security are also incorporated, with transponder-operated remote double deadlocking and automatic drive-away locking.
These features, together with low repair costs (thanks to careful design and a bolt-on front end) give the XJ LWB very competitive insurance ratings. It ranges between groups 15E and 19E, depending on market – a best-in-class advantage.
This New XJ Long Wheelbase offers additional space, luxury and convenience without compromising style, driving pleasure or ownership costs.Published 9 April 2004