First Look at the 2016 Jaguar XJ

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Jaguar has already given some sneak peeks at some of the models in their 2016 line-up, but up until now, there hasn’t been much word on what’s in store for the luxury automaker’s XJ sedan. That’s all changed now with some early photos and details finally being distributed to the media. There is a lot to love about the 2016 Jaguar XJ so far.

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Here are a few of the finer points that have been revealed:

– Engine. The standard engine in the 2016 Jaguar XJ sedan is a supercharged V6 3.0-liter model with a 340-horsepower rating. There will also be a 5.0 Liter V8 470 horsepower engine option. Those who purchase the XJR performance version of the sedan will get a 5.0-Liter V8 engine with 550 horsepower. All versions will reportedly have an eight-speed automatic transmission.

– ASPC Stability System. One feature of the 2016 Jaguar XJ sedan that has everyone buzzing is the All-Surface Progress Control system, a safety feature that is rumored to be standard in all versions of the XJ. The technology decreases the risk of slipping on ice, snow, mud and other sleek road surfaces. While it may sound like a conventional traction control feature, ASPC is actually quite different. Traction control won’t kick in until you actually begin to experience slipping. ASPC actually begins to work much sooner and engages the brakes rather than just the throttle the way that conventional traction control does.

– Autobiography Package. Jaguar will offer an Autobiography trim package on the 2016 Jaguar XJ sedan, and those who opt for the upgrade will get numerous unique accessories inside, including illuminated stainless steel sills on the door. The seats are quilted leather and feature both heat and massage functions for the ultimate comfort while on the road. Genuine wood inlays will reportedly be used as accents inside, and the exterior will boast 20-inch Maroa wheels.4

– Exterior Lighting. For 2016, Jaguar has outfitted the XJ sedan with full LED headlights. Two L-shaped accent lights accompany the dual LED headlight design, and their orientation draws the eye to the deep recessed grille that finishes the XJ’s modern “face.” In addition to the LED projector headlights in the front, the tail lights are also full LED lights, and they glow with a unique “J” effect to ensure everyone knows they’re looking at a Jaguar, even in the dark.

In addition to these features, the XJ will feature a number of electronic driving aids including a vehicle sensing camera for lane changes, a blind spot camera and automatic steering for parallel parking. There hasn’t been an exact release date announced for the 2016 Jaguar XJ, but it will definitely be available in the U.S. sometime this fall. While you can expect some more details to likely leak before then, Jaguar enthusiasts will have to wait until the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show scheduled for September 17 to 25 to get the full scoop on the new XJ.2

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