A focus on safety
The XJ has a range of safety systems designed to lessen the risk of accidents and to protect both the occupants and other road users.
Because the XJ is built of aluminium and magnesium it is exceptionally rigid. As a result, the car is likely to suffer less damage than a conventional steel car in an accident and its occupants will have more protection.
ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL
When the optional Adaptive Cruise Control is switched on, a microwave radar in the XJ’s front bumper will sense if the vehicle in front slows down. It will then slow the XJ down to maintain a constant distance, and once the road clears it will take the car back up to the pre-set speed. The radar also operates a Forward Alert, which gives the driver an audible warning if the traffic ahead slows quickly or another vehicle moves into the same lane as the XJ.
All XJ models have anti-lock brakes, which vary the brake pressure to ensure that the wheels do not lock, and the driver can keep the steering under control, during an emergency stop. Additional brake force is produced by Emergency Brake Assist, allowing for shorter stopping distances and improved steering control. Advanced Emergency Brake Assist primes the brakes if the radar within the Adaptive Cruise Control senses an imminent collision.
BLIND SPOT MONITOR
The optional Blind Spot Monitor uses radar sensors to show an amber warning signal in the wing mirror if it detects a vehicle that the driver won’t be able to see, either directly or in the mirrors.
Door locks on the XJ are controlled remotely from the key fob, and each door can also be locked or double –locked with a button on the handle. In addition, the doors will lock automatically when the car reaches a pre-set speed, which can be chosen by the driver. The XJ is protected by an alarm and engine immobiliser.
TYRE PRESSURE MONITORING
With the optional Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, the XJ driver can receive an alert message if the pressure in any of the tyres goes down.
AIRBAGS AND SAFE SEATING
As well as two front airbags, the XJ has airbags in the outer edges of the seats, together with side curtain airbags that drop down from above the windows to protect occupants in both the front and rear seats. Sensors detect the size and weight of the driver and passenger before the front airbags are deflated to help prevent injury. At the same time, the seatbelts feature “soft landing” technology, which softens the contact with the airbag. A further safety measure in the seating is the anti-whiplash technology which moves the head restraints forward if there is an accident.
PEDESTRIAN CONTACT SENSING SYSTEM™
The XJ has a sensing system that will raise the bonnet slightly if it detects contact with a pedestrian. This helps to ensure that their head does not hit the hard parts of the engine.