2018 Jaguar XJ Introduced, Range-Topping XJR Now Comes With 575 PS

It turns out that Jaguar wasn’t planning to ax the XJ, as a recent report suggested. Far from it, as they just introduced the upgraded 2018MY version.

Before going through some of these tweaks, let’s focus our attention on the new XJR575 performance flagship model, which delivers 575PS (567hp) and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque from the JLR’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8, 25 PS more than the previous model.

The luxury sports saloon needs just 4.4 seconds from rest to hit 100km/h (62mph) (0-60mph/96km/h in 4.2sec), and it will keep going up to a top speed of 300km/h (186mph). By comparison, the Mercedes-AMG S65, which uses a more powerful V12, can reach 100km/h (62mph) in 4.3 seconds, while the BMW 760Li xDrive cuts this time down to 3.9sec.

Jaguar says that their sportiest variant of the XJ family can be had in the standard wheelbase body style, and will be available in two bespoke exterior colors, Velocity Blue and Satin Corris Grey.

Other features that will distinguish the new Jaguar XJR575 are the tweaked font bumper, lower air intakes, twin bonnet louvers, side sills, rear spoiler, 20-inch Farallon gloss-black wheels, and the ‘XJR575’ exterior badging.

Inside, the British automaker’s range-topping saloon has diamond-quilted seating that can be ordered in Ivory/Jet and Jet/Jet color options and finished with additional 575 branding, embossed tread plates, and 575 intaglio.

Besides introducing the new XJR575, Jaguar has also made a few enhancements to the rest of the XJ family, which now features technology upgrades that include 4G Wi-Fi capability, a larger 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display that supports pinch and zoom, and what the brand calls “the latest intelligent safety technologies”. These are the Forward Traffic Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor, and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. The latter operates from 5-60km/h (3-37mph) and uses a stereo digital camera to spot hazards in the front, applying the brakes automatically if the risk of collision is detected.

Jaguar has already opened the order books for the 2018 XJ at retailers across the UK, and prices start from £59,995 ($77,969).

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  • Zandit75

    Love the front and profile shots, the interior looks fantastic, but what the hell were they thinking with that rear? It looks more like a Bentley

    • Matt

      Looking like a Bentley is a negative?

      • Zandit75

        When it doesn’t suit the front, yes I believe it is.

    • seriously

      Yeah this thing barely looks different than the last model how does it all of a sudden look like a Bentley…..get your eyes checked please. not to mention PLEASE tell me which Bentley has rear lights like that…..AND that came out before this XJ

      • Zandit75

        OK, perhaps I used the wrong word, maybe I could have used the word “reminds” instead of “looks”. Looking for a particular model, I’m thinking of the Muslanne. It’s not one particular feature, but an overall feel. We all see different things I guess.

      • Stephen Baxter

        Get your eyes checked? your incredulousness over his opinion is portentous. Get a life

    • TheBelltower

      Perhaps a Hyundai Genesis. But not a Bentley.

      • Zandit75

        Ummm, nope. See my other comment. I don’t get a single Genesis feel at all.

        • TheBelltower
          • An Existing Person

            If anything, the G90 took inspiration from this, as the XJ released long before Genesis as a brand was even a consideration.

          • TheBelltower

            Sure. I didn’t say who owned it first. But there is a resemblance, and Jaguar has stuck with this slow selling design for way too long.

          • Zandit75

            Ok, now that I’ve seen that photo, I would agree. Not sure why that particular model didn’t come up in my google search!

  • 575 … haiku

  • Matt

    Not sure the bright red ‘575’ badging littering the entire interior is in the best taste, but hands down it’s still the most attractive interior in the Jaguar line-up.

    • seriously

      agreed it would work if it wasnt a full size luxury sedan seems a bit tacky otherwise

  • Karl

    What a beautiful car! I so love this car…

  • TheBelltower

    I’ve had a base XJ as a loaner a couple of times. This is such a fundamentally bad car, Jag really does need to put a bullet in its head and start over. Jaguar can do sports cars, but they do not know what they are doing when it comes to the sedan category.

  • SteersUright

    This car is WAY past due, expired, spoiled and tired. You can refresh it all you want but it looks old and outdated. Did Jaguar run out of money or something? The XF was so mildly redone that almost nobody notices and is also in desperate need of a replacement. The XE is dynamically sound, but seems to fall short everywhere else, especially inside where it seems money again ran out. The F-pace SUV is pretty nice and also kinda cheapo looking inside and out. Jags simply look pretty from far, and rather unfinished and outdated in person. Hope they shape up soon to stay competitive and thrive as I like this brand.

    • Merc1

      That pretty much sums up my thoughts on Jaguar.

      M

  • I’d sooner have one of those than an equivalent Audi or BMW. Perhaps not in that spec though. The red 575s are a bit naff.

  • Enter Ranting

    The dash looks like a cartoon frog with a TV in its mouth.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I’d be happy with the regular XJ, but this looks pretty sick in matte gray.

  • I DON’T LIKE THE WAY THE FRONT FENDER JUST DROPS OFF. IT NEEDS A CRISPER MORE ELEGANT LINE.

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I think Jaguar should halt the production of the Current XJ and shift its production over into a full-size SUV based on the Range Rover since this design is old and quite long in the tooth. The sales of the XJ has been anything but decent in the last few years, and I think an X-Pace SUV for Jaguar will become the appropriate step in the near future since the car demands now are slim to none.

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