2016 Jaguar XJ

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The 2016 Jaguar XJ is a vehicle that achieves that perfect balance of English elegance, understated luxury and stunning performance. Its style harkens back decades, and yet it is as up-to-date technologically as any car on the road. You may be seduced by the look and the feel of the new XJ, but the car’s power and handling will make you fall in love. This is one romance where you’ll feel no regrets.

The Jaguar brand has a varied history that reaches back almost 100 years. But, it’s probably most famous for its sports cars of the 50s and 60s, such as the iconic E-Type, that were highly successful on the racetrack. This reputation for performance was carried over into their XJ sedans. Unfortunately for consumers, reliability was not a Jaguar hallmark. After various changes of ownership, Tata Motors of India bought the company from Ford Motor in 2008 and set about bringing Jaguar rightfully back to its former glory. It doesn’t take a long look at the brand to see that its cars are better than ever.

The all-aluminum body 2016 XJ builds on its classic and distinctive silhouette by bringing it forward and giving it contemporary styling that includes a larger, more upright grille and adaptive LED headlights. Both standard and long wheelbase models are available. The interior features soft grain, perforated leather seats set off with contrast stitching and piping with an embossed Jaguar logo on the headrests. This Jaguar shows how truly modern it is with available technology including a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 3600 surround camera system and a semi-automated pull-in and parallel-parking system. Oh, and of course, it is available in British Racing Green.

The Jaguar’s racing heritage reveals itself under the hood as well. The base XJ, with an MSRP of $77,700, is powered by an all-aluminium 340 hp, supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine that should deliver 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. There’s also a 470 hp, supercharged 5.0 liter V8 that gets 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The super fast XJR gets a specially tuned 550 hp version of the V8 engine that can rocket this large sedan from zero to 60 in about 4 seconds.

Jaguar did a marvelous job updating everything about the new XJ. But, by maintaining its classic, understated English elegant styling, they created one of the most beautiful cars on the road.

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