2016 Jaguar XJR Review


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2016 Jaguar XJR Overview

For those who have a need for speed, and want more than just a touch of class in their daily commute or that trip to the theater, Jaguar once again offers its sporty and powerful XJR for 2016. This 5-passenger full-size luxury sedan is a step above its XJ Series brethren, but be advised also that many reviewers consider Jaguar’s flagship XJ Series inferior to such rivals as Audi’s A8, BMW’s 7 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Series.

In any case, the 2016 XJR will again appear in a single trim, with both the standard short-wheelbase (SWB) version and an available long-wheelbase (LWB) configuration. The SWB trim sports a 119.4-inch (10-foot) wheelbase and 201.9 inches (16 feet, 8 inches) of overall length. The LWB edition has a 124.3-inch (10-foot, 4-inch) wheelbase and 206.8 inches (17 feet, 2 inches) of overall length. And while the LWB version provides a bit more rear legroom, both iterations offer the same 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Unlike the similar XJ Series, all XJRs are available only with rear-wheel drive (RWD). The XJ Series is covered in a separate preview.

Among other changes for the upcoming model year, look for the 2016 XJR to pack a debuting All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) feature that includes a low-speed cruise control function allowing drivers to concentrate on steering over slippery surfaces while the ASPC handles acceleration. Also new are a larger grille, a redesigned front bumper, adaptive LED headlights, LED taillights, and oval exhaust tips. Jaguar’s InControl infotainment system is upgraded for 2016 to offer smartphone apps and an available WiFi hotspot, along with an updated 8-inch touchscreen and emergency telematics. There's even a new driver assistance package that will feature adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign-recognition technology, and a surround-view camera setup. LWB editions come with an available rear-seat DVD entertainment system featuring a pair of 10-inch screens flush-mounted into the front seatbacks.

No changes, however, have been scheduled for the 2016 XJR’s powertrain, a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 mill paired with an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Expect 550 hp and 552 lb-ft of torque, with mileage again estimated at 15 mpg city/23 highway/18 combined.

In addition to the above-noted upgrades, the 2016 XJR is expected to offer 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and a power sunroof, while leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, and full power accessories once again come standard inside. Cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering also return, as do memory for driver settings, a remote garage door opener, 4-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear-view camera.

Complementing the improved InControl technology is a standard 825-watt premium audio system that boasts 20 Surround Sound speakers, satellite radio, a DVD player, and an auxiliary audio input. The newly upgraded InControl infotainment suite will also support standard GPS navigation and Bluetooth hands-free technology.

Returning options include an upgraded 25-speaker stereo, a heated windshield, and an illumination package for the XJR’s cabin, along with such extras as upgraded 20-inch alloy wheels and massaging front seats.

Standard safety equipment aboard the 2016 XJR includes 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head-protection airbags, and a remote antitheft alarm. Recall that the XJR will also feature the new APSC system, those upgraded LED high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights, the debuting driver assistance option, and the upgraded InControl emergency alerts and communications. Potential owners should, however, be aware that a number of reviewers have made a bit of a fuss over the fact that neither the XJR nor its XJ Series siblings offer common safety features like blind-spot warning or lane-departure alert, both of which are standard in virtually all competitors. And neither the government nor the insurance industry have updated crash-test data on the XJR.

Look for Jaguar’s 2016 XJR to appear in dealer showrooms in November of this year.


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