With many cars getting the limelight these days, it is a wonder why the 2016 Jaguar XJ isn’t being talked about more. Despite being made from a well-known luxury car manufacturer, it hasn’t gained much traction in terms of publicity as opposed to its rivals. On the other hand, its limited exposure means that the vehicle has gain exclusivity over many of its competitors.
The 2016 Jaguar XJ is a Modest Facelift From Its Predecessor
In a design perspective, the 2016 Jaguar XJ is just a modest facelift from its previous generation variant. It has a front end that has been given a slight redesign as there is now a larger grille (albeit only slightly bigger) and redesigned air intakes found in the front bumper. As for the headlamps, they have been restyled and are now powered with LEDs (which comes to all standard models, which is a pleasing touch). While still on the headlamps, they feature what the company calls the “J Blade” daytime running lamps.
Apart from the slightly redesigned exteriors, the new Jaguar XJ comes with new tech inside its cabin. There is now the JLR InControl Touch Pro system which has replaced the old XJ’s electronics interface. This same system is also being rolled out across the Jaguar and Land Rover ranges.
The InControl Touch Pro has a quad-core processor and a 60GB hard drive. The main interface is a touch capacitive screen, and the user-interface works very much like a giant smartphone. It will allow users to rearrange the icons, and even swipe across configurable pages. There is even a choice of apps to install which include real-time weather forecasts and a flight tracker. Connectivity for the new electronics interface includes an HDMI interface, which allow a Chromecast (or other similar devices) to be connected straight to the vehicle.
There are only a few mechanical changes to note. One of them is the switch to electric power steering in the two-wheel-drive variants. Apparently, this feature does not work with the front axles of the all-wheel-drive models.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is mated to the engine, which shifts intelligently. It is only unobtrusive when asked to waft. It will then act with the right level of aggression when required. Performance levels are impressive enough. There is an impressive traction on the tires, even when driving over slippery surfaces.
While little has been changed for the 2016 Jaguar XJ, the changes that have been made are all dwelling to the more practical side of things. Hence, this vehicle needs to have a spot in the limelight and not just its rivals.