What is it?
A new petrol-powered version of the Jaguar XJ. If Jaguar’s growing success in the global executive car market is to continue, it’ll be thanks in no small part to downsized petrol power. As part of 2013 model year revisions on both its XF middleweight and XJ heavyweight saloons, as well as making the former available as a ‘sportbrake’ estate and adding four-wheel drive to both models, Jaguar has also introduced two new petrol-fuelled engines.
The smallest, a 237bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot, won’t be offered in the UK, but is expected to boost Jaguar XF and XJ export volumes to the US and China by a considerable margin. But the other, a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 that should be particularly popular in Russia, America and parts of central Europe, will be available to us Brits.
It’s been added to the XJ range as part of the current car’s first mid-life refresh since its launch in 2009. There have been minor updates to the navigation system, and there’s a new high-end hifi, offered as an option, from Meridian.
But the headline changes consist of the 335bhp V6 engine in place of the old atmospheric 5.0-litre V8, the addition of ZF’s eight-speed automatic gearbox to every engine in place of the old six-speeder, and a slight reappraisal of the chassis’ spring and damper rates intended to produce a slightly more quiet and cosseting secondary ride.