The New XJ - Not A Lot Of People Know That...

  • As Swallow Sidecars, the company that became Jaguar produced its first aluminium ‘vehicle’ in 1922 – a motorcycle sidecar.
  • The aluminium bodyshell of the new XJ weighs just 220 kg – the steel equivalent is 360 kg.
  • Each new XJ is assembled using almost 3,200 rivets and more than 120 metres of adhesives.
  • The lightest XJ6 has a lower kerbweight than a top-specification all-wheel drive X-TYPE.
  • When you lock the doors of the new XJ, the door mirrors fold in automatically. Unlock them and the mirrors fold back out, at the same time illuminating on the underside to light your way to the door.
  • Prototypes of the new XJ underwent the equivalent of two lifetimes’ motoring in simulated testing.
  • 88 robots apply the rivets and adhesives used in the construction of the new XJ.
  • The front door of a new XJ weighs 10.5 kg – that's 45 per cent less than the equivalent steel door.
  • The new XJ underwent more than 500 computer-simulated crash tests before its first physical barrier test. It performed to the high standard expected.
  • In the event of a side curtain airbag being activated, it fills to 70 mm thick fully inflated capacity in less than 30 milliseconds.
  • The doors and boot of the new XJ lock automatically when vehicle speed exceeds 5 mph (8 km/h) after moving off.
  • The ride height of the new XJ automatically lowers by 15 mm at 100 mph (160 km/h) to improve stability and refinement.
  • The Adaptive Cruise Control radar takes 40 measurements on each horizontal scan.
  • The XJ’s air suspension ‘wakes up’ every 24 hours and levels the vehicle when it is parked and not in use.
  • To support its electrical and electronic systems, the new XJ has 28 wiring and fibre-optic assemblies and three fuse boxes.
  • The supercharger spins five per cent faster than in the previous XJR.
Published 4 December 2002 Melanie Carter

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