After Tata bought Jaguar Land Rover in March 2008 we saw quite a few premium luxury cars in India. However, the Jaguar XJL took a lot of time to come to the Indian market after its premiere in July 2009 in London. But the sleek and sporty luxury car with an innovative design, plush interiors and a powerful engine is now on sale in India since 2012.
Jaguar, the British automaker, has always been an epitome of stunning design and intuitive technology. The company has maintained this philosophy in the development of the XJL. The XJL or the long wheelbase is longer than the XJ available in other markets. The body of the car is built using the aerospace-inspired aluminium body technology. The car's fascia has a wide and bold profile with deep set mesh grille that gets the Jaguar emblem. This is surrounded by Intelligent High Beam Xenon headlamps. The taillamps are LED lamps designed to flow along the lines of the boot down the rear wings.
Anyone who enters the cabin is greeted with the glove-soft leather, warm veneers and cool chrome. The seats come hand-finished in soft grain leather and the same material can be found on the instrument panel, door tops, centre console and armrests. There is enough space inside for five individuals providing them with ample headroom and legroom and the panoramic glass roof can slide upwards and outwards leaving more headroom.
Coming to the instrumentation, the 12.3 inch high-definition glass screen set behind the steering wheel gets a Virtual Instrument display. Controls for the audio system, telephone and climate control are available at a single finger touch. It boasts of a class-leading 1200W Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system that features the Audyssey MultiEQ audio tuning system. These deliver exceptional clarity through 20 speakers that provide the ultimate in digital sound processing technology. It also has a Media Hub that can easily connect to the latest media storage devices including the latest iPod touch and iPhone.
The XJL has all the features that one could ever imagine in a luxury sedan. It comes with an automatic four-zone climate control with air filtration, humidity sensing and air quality sensing. Then there is cruise control with Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL) and a three-spoke leather steering column featuring electric adjustment for height and reach with entry and exit tilt-away. Other highlights are the Jaguar Smart Key System with keyless entry and start, door puddle lamps, Phosphor Blue Halo Illumination and Interior Mood Lighting, rain sensing windscreen wipers and heated windscreen and rear window.
The XJL also comes with front parking aid with touch screen visual indicator and parking sensors with a rear camera. Features like rear coat hooks, front ashtray with cigar-lighters and illuminated front storage tray are offered as standard.
The Jaguar XJL is packed with safety features like airbags for driver and front passenger, curtain side airbags, anti-whiplash technology and seatbelt reminder for front and rear seats. It is also equipped with rear child safety locks and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). There are other features that enhance the safety quotient of this car such as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with TRAC DSC mode and Electric Parking Brake (EPB).
Engine and Gearbox
The Jaguar XJL is available in two petrol engine variants and one diesel engine variant. The diesel fuelled 3.0-litre V6 engine generates 271bhp of power and 600Nm of torque while the 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine churns out 335bhp of power and 450Nm of torque. There is also a supercharged version of the 5.0-litre petrol mill that churns out 385bhp of power and 625Nm of torque.
In all the variants, the engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This automatic transmission features Jaguar's trademark lightning quick Sequential Shift System. The Jaguar XJL can accelerate from 0 to 100kmph within a span of 4.9 to 6.4 seconds. The top-speed of XJ is limited to 250kmh.
The XJL is the flagship model from Jaguar and the automaker has left no stone unturned to provide a consumer the perfect combination of comfort and driving pleasure. The car rivals the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8L in the Indian market.