December 18, 2002

L.A. auto show: 2004 Jaguar XJ to make its North American debut

2004 Jaguar XJR

2004 Jaguar XJR
2004 Jaguar XJR. Click image to enlarge

Los Angeles, California – Due in showrooms late spring, the new Jaguar XJ8 and XJR sedans will make their North American debuts at the Los Angeles auto show January 2nd, 2003.

Longer, wider and taller than before, XJ’s feature lightweight aluminum monocoque construction with an industry-first use of rivet-bonded joining technology for the whole body structure, and self-pierce rivets used in combination with aerospace-sourced epoxy adhesive to join the aluminum pressings, castings and extrusions.

A new 4.2 litre supercharged V8, delivering 390 horsepower accelerates the XJR flagship from standstill to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds. A normally-aspirated version of the same engine with 294 horsepower provides 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.3 seconds in the XJ8.

2004 Jaguar XJ at a glance:

  • It’s the seventh generation of the XJ series. The first XJ was introduced 34 years ago in September 1968.
  • More than 800,000 XJs have been sold since the first model was introduced, accounting for over half of all Jaguars made.
  • Engines comprise 4.2-liter V8 (supercharged and normally-aspirated) both with six-speed automatic transmission.
  • The new XJ’s body is 40 percent lighter and 60 percent stiffer than the equivalent steel body.
  • Each new XJ is assembled using 88 robots that apply almost 3,200 rivets and more than 350 feet of adhesives.
  • The front door of a new XJ weighs 23 lbs — that’s 45 percent less than the equivalent steel door.
  • Prototypes of the new XJ underwent the equivalent of two lifetimes’ motoring in simulated testing.
  • The XJ’s air suspension “wakes up” every 24 hours and levels the car when it’s parked and not in use.
  • The supercharger spins five percent faster than in the previous XJR.
  • The Adaptive Cruise Control radar takes 40 measurements on each sweep.

  • The new XJ underwent more than 500 computer-simulated crash tests before its first physical barrier test.

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