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By Automobile Magazine

What's New for XJ-Series in 2013

A new supercharged V-6 and all-wheel drive join the lineup, as does an eight-speed automatic. All engines incorporate auto stop/start to save fuel in traffic. A limited-build Ultimate trim level, available only on long-wheelbase models, takes the XJ’s already premium cabin to a level of luxury that’s almost sinful...more

Overview

The XJ portfolio has been expanded this year. A supercharged 340-hp V-6, the same engine found in the XF and the F-type, joins the lineup and can be paired with all-wheel drive. That engine might sound a bit diminutive for a big English saloon, but it’s more than up to the task. It helps that the aluminum-intensive XJ is one of the lighter vehicles in its class and that the eight-speed automatic transmission—new for all XJs—shifts smoothly and quickly. The changes should enable the XJ to compete more directly against the likes of the Audi A8 and the BMW 7-series, which are both available with multiple engine choices and all-wheel drive. That said, the XJ still largely follows its own path. Its avant-garde styling, sure to turn off some customers, is a welcome breath of fresh air in a conservative segment. Inside, warm leather and generous wood trim coexist harmoniously with futuristic bits such as a rotary shifter and an LCD gauge cluster. The navigation/infotainment system includes HD Radio and satellite radio and has two USB ports. A new model, the XJL Ultimate, lives up to its name, with massaging rear seats trimmed in semi-aniline leather, glass tables, and a chilled compartment for beverages. We’d still prefer to be the chauffeur so as to enjoy the precise steering, the balanced handling, and the lust-worthy 510-hp V-8.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and tire-pressure monitoring are standard.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Jaguar XJ

  • Audi A8
  • BMW 7-series
  • Lexus LS
  • Mercedes-Benz S-class

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2013 XJ-Series Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Steering Wheel Memory
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer
  • Vehicle Information Center

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Auto Dimming Mirrors
  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Headlight Wiper/Washers
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Air Conditioned Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Massaging Seats
  • Memory Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System
  • Voice Activated Controls

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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