The Ultimate Expression Of Jaguar Luxury Saloon Car Engineering | Part Two

Jaguar New XJ Saloon

Interior Design And Craftsmanship

“The interior of the new XJ is epitomised by true craftsmanship, a sense of greater space and what I believe are the most comfortable seats we have ever designed. There is a warmth and richness that welcomes you into the car and makes you feel special.” Ian Callum, Director of Design

New levels of spaciousness, craftsmanship, ergonomic flexibility and comfort exemplify the new XJ’s cabin. Designed from the outset to satisfy the determination that a driver – and any passengers – should always get out of a Jaguar feeling better than when they entered, the interior of the new XJ is the epitome of contemporary luxury, tailored to meet the needs of today’s demanding prestige car customers. Here is a car with a warmth and richness that cossets the occupants.

Increased space in every respect – headroom, legroom and shoulder room are improved for all occupants, whether they are sitting in the front seats or in the rear of the car – is only a part of the attraction of the new XJ. The driver environment – the facia, seat and controls – is distinctively new and takes Jaguar’s ergonomic standards to fresh heights. It provides intuitive and relaxed interfaces between occupants and vehicle systems.

“You don’t have to be a computer expert to operate the new XJ. Our customers are emphatic in their opposition to gratuitous technology and unwanted features intruding on the driving experience, which fits exactly with the Jaguar philosophy of making technology relevant at all times.” David Scholes, Chief Programme Engineer

Comfort is a prime consideration in any Jaguar saloon and here the XJ reaches new levels. At the top of the range of electrically adjustable front seats, for example, is a 16-way seat with cushion-length adjustment and 4-way lumbar support. In the rear, buyers not satisfied with a fixed seat can opt for a powered bench with electrically adjustable lumbar support, backrest and head restraints (model and market dependent).

Adjustable pedals are available to complement the electrically adjustable steering column and allow drivers to find exactly the seating position they need.

In keeping with Jaguar’s determination to offer its customers the latest relevant technologies, the new XJ is available with JaguarVoice (voice-activated control of systems including audio controls, telephone, climate control and navigation).

Another advance in the new XJ is a multi-media entertainment system that allows simultaneous enjoyment of up to three different audio, video or games systems. Screens mounted in the rear of the front seat head restraints display television programmes or games, with headphone capability to avoid disturbing other occupants. As an example, the driver could be listening to the radio or a CD, while one rear seat passenger plays on a games system and the other watches a movie on TV or DVD.

To allow driver and passengers to relax in complete comfort, a new four-zone climate control system is available (model and market dependent). This allows the separate adjustment of temperature settings by front and rear seat occupants, with dedicated face vents and foot outlet grilles for individual comfort.

The interior styling of any Jaguar is one of the attractions that marks it out from the crowd but the XJ interior is the ultimate expression of this unique brand trademark. A range of styles is being offered, from a traditional burr walnut finish on Classic models to a warm charcoal facia and grey-stained birdseye maple veneer combination on sportier versions of the car. An entirely new touch is Piano Black trim, a highly polished finish inspired by the deep, lustrous sheen of a concert grand piano. Piano Black features on the centre console and J-gate surround of the XJ, immediately differentiating the Jaguar from other luxury cars.

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Published : 13/09/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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