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The Jaguar XJ brings style to the conservative luxury saloons.

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The XJ is the pinnacle of Jaguar’s saloon car line-up. The luxury sports saloon delivers an unrivalled combination of Jaguar design and driving dynamics along with the ultimate in luxury refinement for drivers and passengers.

The authoritative yet elegant design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture. Its low-slung coupe-like stance, precise lines and carefully judged proportions ensure it is instantly recognisable as a Jaguar from any angle.

Inside, customers experience a perfect combination of intricate handmade details and beautifully crafted materials such as semi-aniline leather and inlay veneers alongside advanced technology. Rear occupants benefit from over a metre of legroom in long wheelbase models.

For 2018MY a newXJR575 performance flagship is available, with a number of unique exterior and interior design cues including two unique paint colours created by Special Vehicle Operations. Meanwhile, a distinctive 575 intaglio and diamond-quilted seating finished with additional 575 branding set the interior apart.

“The Jaguar XJ is the largest model in our saloon car line-up and retains the physical presence and graceful design customers expect from a Jaguar flagship. Anyone who sees this car immediately knows it is both great to drive and to sit in. The intricate details inside and out give owners and passengers the feeling that they are in the presence of something truly special,” says Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.

Creating a dynamic and refined driving experience has always been key to the Jaguar XJ’s appeal. Advanced Adaptive Dynamics dampers adjust to suit the conditions and driving style by monitoring the car up to 500 times a second. Analysing acceleration, cornering, throttle and brake pedal activity, and working alongside the air suspension system, the intelligent set-up improves body control in dynamic driving without compromising ride comfort.

The XJR575 features a unique version of Jaguar’s legendary 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. Delivering 575PS and 700Nm of torque, the engine powers the car from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds (0-60mph in 4.2 seconds) and on to a top speed of 300km/h (186mph). The 25PS power increase is the result of enhanced engine calibration.

Jaguar’s leadership in steering feel and vehicle dynamics is enhanced by the application of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) for rear-wheel-drive models. This set-up also underpins a range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) including Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor and bay and parallel Park Assist. Jaguar’s intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) technology ensures owners can be confident in all weathers. The advanced system reacts to the road conditions and delivers traction where it is most needed. Should the rear wheels begin to slip it will automatically and instantly redistribute torque to the front wheels.

The vehicle’s ability is also outstanding in rear-wheel-drive form with All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC) coming into its own in low-grip conditions. Developed for low-speed driving in adverse conditions, ASPC automatically manages the brakes and throttle to deliver the best possible traction, ensuring the vehicle is able to pull away smoothly and without drama: all the driver has to do is steer. ASPC is fitted to all automatic models and operates between 1mph (3.6km/h) and 19mph (30km/h) with the driver using the cruise control switches to select and maintain the desired speed.

Matching the tradition and craftsmanship of the Jaguar XJ is a raft of state-of-the-art technology, including the seamless and intuitive Touch Pro infotainment system. The intuitive technology provides features such as door-to-door navigation, 4G Wi-Fi and a 1,300W MeridianTM Signature Sound System. This can all be accessed through the 10-inch central touchscreen with smartphone-like usability for greater ease-of-use.

Touch Pro features a high-performance quad-core processor and runs on state-of-the-art, ultra-fast ethernet, and a network technology that offers exceptional data transfer rates. Combined, they deliver incredible graphics and fast response times.

The latest in stereo camera technology enables a number of intelligent safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking,Lane Departure Warning and LaneKeep Assist systems.Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist takes the stress out of motorway driving in stop-go traffic by tracking the vehicle in front, at a safe distance.

Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)enables Jaguar’s Adaptive Speed Limiter. Once initiated, the system monitors speed limit signs, compares them with navigation data and, when a change in speed limit is posted, regulates vehicle speed by automatically accelerating up to a higher limit or slowing it down to a lower limit.

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