Jaguar is gearing up for big things, with its XE compact sedan and F-Pace crossover due to arrive here next year as 2017 models. But there’s plenty to talk about right now, as the British luxury carmaker has announced 2016 pricing for its three existing models–the XF and XJ sedans, and F-Type sports car–all of which have received notable updates for the coming model year.
Forget updated: the XF mid-size sedan is all-new, built around the brand’s lightweight modular aluminum architecture. This good-looking sedan is lighter, and a little bit less expensive: for the moment, the 2.0T four-cylinder model is gone, leaving an all-V6 lineup that starts with the newly-named XF Premium trim as the entry level model, and it comes priced $100 less than the 2015 XF 3.0 AWD, at $61,400. Next up is the XF Prestige (replacing 2015’s Luxury model), using the same 340-hp V6 and all-wheel drivetrain, at $66,400, a price cut of $1,100. XF R-Sport replaces last year’s 3.0 AWD Sport model, and comes in at $69,900, a price increase of $900. Finally, Jaguar adds a fourth V6 variant for 2016 in the form of XF S. It gets the V6 as well, but tuned for 380 hp, and priced at $72,900, leaving plenty of room for the return of the V8-powered XFR and XFR-S models (also on hiatus for the moment), which last year were priced at $88,500 and $104,500, respectively.
A couple rungs up the luxury sedan ladder is the XJ sedan, which gets a mid-cycle refresh for 2016. New standard kit includes adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beam, heated and ventilated seats front and rear, 825-watt, 17-speaker Meridian stereo, and ‘All Surface Progress,’ which Jaguar says acts like low-speed cruise control that operates between 3.6 and 30 km/h. Safety kit includes closing vehicle sensing, reverse traffic detection, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control with queue assist, surround camera, 360-degree park distance control, and park assist.
Appearance-wise, there’s a new front fascia, grille, and front bumper. In an effort to create “greater differentiation between XJ models,” the entry-level standard wheelbase trim gets a new R-Sport designation alone with a “more assertive and dynamic” exterior treatment to “emphasize the vehicle’s sporting character.”
XJ pricing starts at $92,000 for the R-Sport AWD model with the 340-hp, 3.0L supercharged V6, a significant price bump over last year’s $89,490 entry ticket, no doubt a reflection of the car’s new standard content. After that comes the XJ Portfolio AWD, at $96,000, and long-wheelbase XJL Portfolio AWD, which squeaks in under six figures, at $99,000. Gone is last year’s 470-hp Supercharged V8 model; now the jump is straight into the XJR with its 550-hp version of Jag’s supercharged V8. The standard-wheelbase XJR (which is rear-drive only) is priced at $121,000 (up $1,010 over the equivalent 2015 model), and the long-wheelbase XJR L is also up $1,010, to $124,000.
Finally, the F-Type sports car doesn’t get any cosmetic upgrades for 2016, but there are a few changes to its dirty bits that lead to a doubling of the number of variants available. New for 2016, RWD V6-powered models are available with a six-speed manual transmission, and AWD is now an option in F-Type S trim, and standard in the F-Type R. Also now standard across the line are a 770-watt stereo, satellite radio, intelligent keyless entry and 14-way power seats, and coupe models get a panoramic glass roof; and R Coupe trims get a power-operated hatchback, and 2016 S models are fitted with configurable dynamic drive mode, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and driver-selectable switchable active exhaust. Finally, last year’s V8S convertible is gone, replaced by the R model, sharing the 550-hp V8 from the R Coupe.
F-Type Coupe pricing starts at $77,500 for the base coupe with manual or automatic transmission, which rises to $88,500 for an S Coupe with manual, or $90,000 with the automatic. An S Coupe AWD goes for $96,500, and the F-Type R Coupe is priced at $117,500. On the convertible side, prices start at $80,500 for either manual or automatic transmission, $91,500 for an S Convertible with manual transmission, and $93,000 with a self-shifter, and adding AWD to the S Convertible bumps the price to $99,500. Finally, F-Type R Convertible trim comes in at $120,500.