Jaguar XJ Refreshed, Supersonic Supercharged XJR Joins Range

Not much needed changing with the existing Jaguar XJ luxury saloon, but the British marque has gone ahead and tweaked it anyway for the impending 2014 model year.

Chief among those changes are improvements to both luxury and speed – again, neither a factor particularly lacking in the 2013 XJ, but welcome all the same.

The former is enhanced with a range of new interior features, most of which are focused on the rear cabin. Always a comfortable place to reclined, particularly in long-wheelbase form, Jaguar has now made it even more cosseting with the introduction of individual ‘airline-style’ seats.

Jaguar XJ rear angle

Not only do these recline, but they also feature cushion and squab adjustment, three massage programs, lumbar adjustment and two memory settings for each seat. It’s a veritable musical chairs game back there, with 11 degrees of backrest adjustment, 103 mm of lateral cushion movement and 14 degrees of upper articulation movement.

Like some of Jaguar’s competitors, you can also play havoc with the front-seat passenger using the Front Seat Activation button. Realistically it probably won’t let you origami the seats with a passenger in-situ, but it’ll be enough to liberate extra legroom for the tallest of rear-seat passengers.

Jaguar XJ rear cabin

XJL customers also have the option of a Rear Seat Entertainment package. The true caddish Jaaaaag owner can no doubt supply his own rear seat entertainment, but those wishing for more get high-res screens with various connections, tables, wireless control and more. Jaguar has raised rear headroom by 13mm, while optional rear seat blinds are available to shield passengers from the sun. Furthermore, soft closing door technology makes even the process of getting in and out as luxurious as possible.

All that makes the back seats sound like the place to be, but the new 550 PS Jaguar XJR is very much aimed at those in the front. It’ll reach 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and is “limited” to an amusing 174 mph.

Jaguar XJ tables

The Supersport has seen its own tweaks, with output raised to 510 PS, while 3.0-litre supercharged petrol and 3.0 turbocharged diesel V6s are still available. The latter is perfect for penny-pinching luxury fans, at 44.8 mpg combined and a still-impressive 0-62 sprint of only 6.4 seconds. All have stop-start technology.

Jag also promises a better ride in all models, but not at the expense of the model’s excellent handling.

Changes to the exterior are mercifully few, with only a new colour palette – Polaris White, Ebony, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Lunar Grey, Rhodium Silver, Cashmere, Osmium Blue, Dark Sapphire, Caviar, Carnelian Red, Black Amethyst, Italian Racing Red, British Racing Green and Satellite Grey… and breathe – worthy of note.

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Jaguar XJ dashboard


carwow could find little to fault the existing Jaguar XJ when we tested it earlier this month in diesel, long wheelbase guise, but Jaguar’s changes major on its tiniest shortcomings and enhance its healthy talents.

The firm hasn’t yet revealed pricing for the updated XJ, but it’s unlikely to have crept too far from the existing 57,000-or-so point of entry. For the Jaguar XJR though, expect to shell out over 100,000 – steep, but not dissimilar to that of its closest rivals and therefore not unexpected. If the XJ wasn’t such a good car to drive though, the latest updates might make us think the best seats in the house were those in the back…

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