Originally launched in 1968, the Jaguar XJ was cast as the flagship of the British automaker’s lineup. The new four-door saloon rolled into the public’s eye with a straight-six engine and rear-wheel drive. Within a few years, a V12 would be fitted under the hood and the XJ would be sold as the world’s only twelve-cylinder sedan. It was more than appropriate for Jaguar’s jewel. The all-new 2011 Jaguar XJ draws mesmerized stares at first glance. Jaguar manufacture, intent on designing “beautiful fast cars” with “seductive designs,” has delivered a sleek, fluid and contemporary shape – it isn’t difficult to visualize that leaping black cat in its elongated silhouette.
Jaguar is offering its new 2011 Jaguar XJ in three trim levels. The standard Jaguar XJ has a base price of $72,500 and is fitted with the normally-aspirated 5.0-liter engine. More than well equipped, the “entry-level” XJ arrives with appointments such as Xenon headlamps, panoramic moon-roof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, hard drive navigation, front and rear parking aids, a 600-watt audio system and 19-inch wheels.
The 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged starts at $87,500. With its higher performance supercharged 5.0-liter V8 comes active differential control, adaptive front lighting, active seat belts, four-zone climate control, heated and cooled rear seats, suede-like headliner, a 1200-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system and 20-inch wheels, among other things.
The Jaguar XJ Supersport, available on special order, starts at $112,000. In addition to the tuned supercharged 5.0-liter V8, the flagship XJ adds automatic cruise control, rear seat entertainment and upscale upholstery and trim throughout the cabin.