Jaguar XJ 3.0L Premium Luxury is the high end variant in the model lineup. This trim is with a powerful 3.0-litre diesel engine under the hood, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2993cc. It has the ability of producing a supreme power of 270.8bhp along with a hammering torque output of 600Nm. The company has mated this motor with an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission that is further incorporated with a JaguarDrive selector. This variant has adaptive dynamics system that monitors the suspension mechanism and adjusts the damping to suit according to the road condition. For keeping it agile, it is integrated with automatic speed limiter along with track dynamic stability control system. Not only this, the manufacturer has blessed this trim with several traction control features like ASR and dynamic stability control. It is all about high end luxury, style and sophisticated technology, which makes it unique in its class. It is also integrated innovative features like JaguarDrive Control featuring three different modes like Normal, Winter and Dynamic. The company has given this saloon a luxurious internal cabin, owing to its long wheelbase of 3157mm. It offers enough leg room and shoulder space for all passengers and gives a comfortable driving experience. All the seats can be adjusted in 20 different ways using electric function and three programmable memory setting. Furthermore, they also have features like ventilation, heating and massage, which explains about the luxury inside. It is giving a tough competition to other luxurious vehicles like Mercedes Benz S Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8L and so on.
This is perhaps the most stylish saloon developed by JLR with a sleek and lustrous body structure. Starting with the frontage, it is designed with a perforated radiator grille that is done up with a lot of chrome. It is embedded with a company insignia, which highlights the front facade. Surrounding this is the aggressive headlight cluster equipped with high intensity bi-xenon lamps along with LED DRLs and turn indicators. The body colored bumper houses an air intake section for cooling the powerful engine and this air dam is flanked by a pair of bright LED fog lamps. The bonnet is quite long and comes with four expressive lines that compliment the design of its grille. The lustrous side profile featuring elegantly sculptured cosmetics like chrome finished window frames and door handles, high gloss black finished B and C pillars, etc. The neatly crafted wheel arches are fitted with a set of 18-inch 'Meru' alloy wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. Its rear profile has a distinct design featuring a curvy boot lid, which is further decorated with company's logo and a thick chrome strip. It is accompanied by a slanting backward windscreen, which gives it a look of a coupe. The taillight cluster looks thin with sweptback design, but it is powered by LED brake light along with turn indicator and a courtesy lamp. Its rear bumper has a decent design featuring a horizontal chrome strip and it is further fitted with two exhaust pipes.
The manufacturer has designed its interiors exceptionally well and packed it with many advanced features, which gives the occupants a plush feel while traveling. The roomy cabin has a contemporary interior design that is further complimented by wood and chrome inserts on dashboard and center console. Its elegantly designed dashboard is equipped with a large glove box with cooling effect, chrome accentuated AC vents and leather wrapped three spoke steering wheel, which is mounted with various control buttons. It is incorporated with well cushioned seats that are covered with soft grain premium leather upholstery with monotone stitch. The front seats have heating and ventilation facility along with 3-position memory function that adds to the comfort level. There is ample leg and shoulder space available in the second row owing to its large wheelbase. Its center console houses a sophisticated touchscreen infotainment system, an AC unit and a digital clock. The wood and chrome inserts on door panels further enhances the look of its interiors. Besides these, it has a boot compartment of 520 litres that is good enough for storing lots of luggage. It also has a fuel tank capacity of 82 litres, which is good enough for planning longer journeys.
Engine and Performance:
As said above, the company is selling this variant with a powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that displaces 2993cc. It is integrated with a direct injection fuel supply system, which allows it to deliver a mileage of 12.9 Kmpl on the highways (as per ARAI certification) and 7.5 Kmpl within the city limits. The maximum power produced by this mill is 270.8bhp at 4000rpm and generates a peak torque output of 600Nm at 2000rpm. This engine is coupled with an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. This variant is surprisingly quick as they take only 6.4 seconds to breach the 100 Kmph speed mark from zero, while it can attain a breathtaking top speed of 250 Kmph.
Braking and Handling:
This saloon has a robust suspension mechanism, which keeps the vehicle agile on any road conditions. The advanced adaptive dynamic system continuously monitors the suspension and helps to handle it in a better way. It is equipped with dynamic stability control, which further enhances the driving quality. The DSC setting detects the wheel slipping and optimizes the traction in difficult conditions. All its wheels are fitted with a set of internally vented disc brakes. This braking mechanism is further augment electronic brake force distribution and brake assist function. It is blessed with a speed sensitive power steering system, which provides a effortless driving experience.
The cabin has an efficient air conditioning unit including humidity sensors, air filtration and four zone temperature control. The advanced Meridian sound system with video and audio streaming enhances the ambiance. It also has 8-inch color touchscreen display that has control for audio, navigation, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, climate control and various other user settings. The cruise control function maintains a steady speed on the highways and it also has automatic speed limiter function. Jaguar Sequential Shift provides the choice of Drive, Sport or manual gear shift modes with one touch pedals mounted behind the steering wheel. Apart from these, it also has illuminated rear vanity mirrors, electric rear window sun blind, LED rear reading lights and so on.
It has a reinforced body shell, which is designed to protect the passengers at all times. Its aluminum body panels and monocoque chassis are chemically bounded and engrossed together that gives a strong body structure for protecting the occupants. The presence of pedestrian contact sensor reduces the pedestrian injuries in a collision with energy absorbing bumpers and sensors. It instinctively raises the bonnet slightly and creates space between the bonnet and engine components. It is also blessed with parking aid system, which has audible warnings and visual images on touchscreen display. In addition to these, it is integrated with some advanced features like electric parking brake along with drive away release, automatic speed limiter, an advanced engine immobilizer with security alarm system, three flash lane change indicators, rain sensing wipers, rear doors with child safety locks and so on.
1. Presence of Jaguar Drive Control system is a big plus point.
2. Its long wheelbase provides additional leg space.
1. Minimum turning radius is rather big.
2. There are very few authorized dealers.