NEW FOR 2015:

– No major changes.

After a major update last year, Jaguar’s big all-aluminum cat carries over for model year 2015 unchanged.

Compared to previous XJs which majored on old world British charm, the latest XJ is as modern as sedans come with sleek coupe-inspired styling, and cutting-edge technology including an all-TFT instrument cluster, standard adaptive damping, and ear-pleasing Meridian sound systems. Riding on a bonded and riveted aluminum chassis, the XJ is lighter than many of its rivals – and even the smaller XF sedan. Its lightweight design and powerful engines make it one of the segment’s most satisfying machines to drive.

All XJs can be had in short or long-wheelbase form. The XJ AWD and XJL Portfolio AWD come standard with a 340-hp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 and all-wheel drive. The XJ and XJL Supercharged use a 470-hp 5.0-litre supercharged V8, while the XJR and XJR Long Wheelbase feature a scintillating 550-hp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 under their hoods. Both Supercharged and XJR trims are rear-wheel drive. All models use a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features on the XJ AWD include 19-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon adaptive headlamps with washers, LED brake lights, exterior chrome trim, sliding panoramic sunroof, 8.0-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/CD player, satellite radio, USB port, aux-in jack, Bluetooth, reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, navigation, 380-watt 14-speaker Meridian sound system, rain-sensing wipers, map lights, proximity key with push-button start, blind-spot monitoring, ambient interior lighting, wood trim, full TFT instrument cluster with multifunction display and trip computer, 12-way power adjustable front seats with memory, heated front and rear seats, power tilt and telescoping steering column, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, adaptive dynamic suspension, self-leveling rear suspension, power folding exterior mirrors with auto-dimming function, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, garage door opener, alarm, and cruise control.

XJL Portfolio adds rear-seat roller window blinds, extended leather upholstery on dash and doors, alloy metal and wood trim, and four-zone climate control.

XJ Supercharged builds on the XJ AWD and adds 20-inch wheels, four-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, extended leather upholstery, alloy metal and wood trim, and an 825-watt 20-speaker Meridian sound system.

XJL Supercharged adds rear-seat roller window blinds.

XJR adds R-specific suspension tuning, aero body kit, rear spoiler, red brake calipers, 20-inch alloy wheels, soft-grain leather sports seats, Piano Black and carbon fibre interior trim, and an R sport steering wheel.

XJR Long Wheelbase adds rear-seat roller window blinds.

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