The XJ's unique aluminum construction breaks the mould. Rigid, strong and incredibly light with near perfect weight distribution, it achieves an agile, sporting performance previously unknown in similar sized cars.
JAGUAR INSTINCTIVE ALL WHEEL DRIVE™
The Jaguar XJ Instinctive All Wheel Drive (AWD) is an intelligent, continuously variable drivetrain with a built-in rear-wheel bias to ensure an authentic Jaguar driving experience. The heart of the system is an electronic control unit that uses a variety of sensors to determine how much power to send to the front and rear wheels. Driver selection of Normal, Winter or Dynamic modes also affects how the system operates.
On the move, the intelligent system continuously monitors driving and road conditions to help maximize traction and handling balance. The front-to-rear torque split can vary from most of the torque on the rear wheels to as much as 50 percent on the front wheels. What's more, the AWD system can even take action pre-emptively to ensure the best possible grip in a variety of road and weather conditions. Instinctive AWD is available exclusively with the 3.0-liter Supercharged Jaguar V6.
JAGUAR SEQUENTIAL SHIFT™
The ZF® 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission delivers lightning-fast gear changes, optimizing performance and fuel efficiency. Shift changes are constantly adapted by the system, to suit the style of the driver, ranging from economical to sporting. Drivers have the option of changing gears manually with paddles behind the steering wheel.
JAGUARDRIVE SELECTOR™ AND JAGUARDRIVE CONTROL™
The transmission is controlled by the beautifully designed JaguarDrive Selector™, which rises into your hand once the "Start/Stop" button is pressed. Simply rotate the selector to move from Park to Reverse or Drive. JaguarDrive Control™ offers specific settings for the drivetrain: Dynamic Mode, which modifies the engine torque delivery and transmission shift points for a more engaging driving experience while illuminating the Virtual Instruments in red, or Winter Mode, appropriately indicated with instruments in ice blue, to provide more progressive throttle control in slippery conditions.
Adaptive Dynamics analyzes the speed of the XJ, steering and body movements 500 times a second and adjusts the suspension with electronic dampers to achieve the ideal balance between comfort and precise handling. In addition, a self-leveling rear air suspension is standard on all models.
DYNAMIC STABILITY CONTROL
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), which helps optimize traction in a curve or during straight-line acceleration, has two settings. The default setting helps modulate loss of traction as soon as it is detected. The Trac setting, on the other hand, allows a higher degree of wheel spin for sportier driving. In addition, DSC can be completely turned off for special conditions.
The electronic Active Differential on supercharged V8 models is engineered to maximize the available grip at each rear wheel. It detects any slippage, and apportions the power supplied to each wheel to optimize rear-wheel traction for the conditions.
Part of the Jaguar sustainability strategy, Intelligent Stop/Start, standard on all XJ models, detects when it is appropriate to shut off the engine. Upon coming to a full stop, the engine will shut down. The moment you release the brake pedal, it will instantly restart. The system even incorporates "change of mind" logic to reduce any hesitation in restarting.
A new twin-solenoid starter with upgraded motor, a secondary battery and sophisticated electronic controls make all of this possible. The system will not operate under certain circumstances, such as very hot or cold ambient temperatures or if vehicle systems performance, such as the car climate-control, will be compromised. It can also be turned off, but its operation is both seamless and beneficial, saving fuel and reducing emissions.
ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL
When the optional Adaptive Cruise Control is switched on, a microwave radar in the front bumper of the XJ 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.