The New XJ - The Most Advanced Jaguar Ever - Interior Design Features | Part Five

The Inside Story

The new Jaguar XJ’s luxurious interior has new levels of spaciousness, craftsmanship, ergonomic flexibility and seat comfort, complemented by entertainment, climate control and communications systems that reflect the needs of today’s luxury car customers.

And yet alongside these practical considerations, the interior of the new XJ remains warm and inviting – a classic Jaguar interior. Despite the generous amount of space inside the cabin, the driver and passengers still feel cosseted, the ambience set off by real wood veneers and hand-stitched leather.

With significantly more headroom, legroom, shoulder room and rear-seat knee room, the new XJ interior provides a comfortable and relaxing environment for five adults.

The new seat designs were rated in Jaguar customer research as the most comfortable in their class. The 12- or 16-way adjustable front seats with electrically adjustable headrests are complemented by standard-fit electrically adjustable pedals and steering column, allowing drivers of widely varying statures to find the ideal driving position.

The new electronic parking brake, which eliminates the need for a traditional handbrake lever and also features drive away release, is itself an elegant design detail. Situated just behind the J-gate transmission shift lever, the electronic ‘switch’ frees additional space for the comfort of front-seat occupants.

Depending on model and customer requirements, there is a choice of three different options for rear seating configurations: a fixed bench seat for three passengers; a twin electric bench seat that accommodates three passengers; or individual twin electrically adjustable seats with a fixed centre console.

Overall, interior volume has increased not only for occupants but also for luggage. At 470 litres, the boot is more than 25 per cent larger than the previous XJs – and even the glove box is bigger.

When XJ drivers and their passengers are comfortably settled in their seats, Jaguar’s philosophy of incorporating relevant technologies quickly becomes evident. From the intuitive and relaxed interfaces between occupants and the vehicle systems – an approach that separates Jaguar from many of its competitors – to the electronic driver aids, the new XJ makes you feel instantly at home.

"You don’t have to be a computer programmer to operate this car," comments David Scholes, XJ Chief Programme Engineer. "Our customers are emphatic in their opposition to gratuitous technology and unwanted features intruding on their driving experience; it should be there when you need it but should never impose itself."

The new Jaguar XJ’s relevant technologies are centred on easing driver ergonomics, enhancing passenger comfort, expanding entertainment possibilities and developing voice-activated systems to reduce driver distractions.

Advanced telematics and communications technologies include a seven-inch (178 mm) LCD touchscreen display that provides fingertip control of climate, audio and DVD navigation systems (featuring postcode programming) and, where fitted, TV tuner and front/rear fixed GSM phones.

In the rear of the new XJ, a multimedia system allows passengers to access audio, TV/video and telephone systems independently of the driver and front seat passenger. As an example, the front passenger could be watching a television broadcast when stationary, while one of the rear passengers is viewing a film on DVD and the other rear passenger plays a video game.

Two 6.5 inch (165 mm) colour display screens, available as a separate cost option, are mounted in the rear of the front seat head restraints for video and TV viewing. Rear-seat passengers use optional headphones to listen to the audio output in comfort.

JaguarVoice, an industry-first when introduced on S-TYPE in 1999, provides drivers and rear passengers with access to voice-activated control of compatible Jaguar systems, including primary audio functions, teletext, telephone, climate control, navigation systems and in-vehicle displays. Jaguar has made voice activation – a technology to reduce distraction when driving – an ongoing research priority.

High quality audio systems are another Jaguar trademark, and the new XJ is no exception. The eight-speaker sound system fitted to XJ6 and Sport models features a single-slot CD and radio, with the standard-fit six-disc CD autochanger located in the boot. The 320 watt Jaguar Premium sound system with 12 speakers, digital sound processing, power amplifier, subwoofers, as well as the remote six-disc CD changer and single-slot CD/radio, is fitted as standard on SE, XJR and Super V8 models.

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Published 3 December 2002 Melanie Carter
 

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