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2004 Jaguar XJ, Vanden Plas and XJR Full-Size Sedans
By Sandra Kinsler and Brian Leshon
New Car Review of the 2004 Jaguar XJ Full-Size Sedan.
Description: Full-Size Sedan
Options & Features
Jaguar's flagship series of full-size sedans appears in new designs of lightweight aluminum. Enormous presses at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich body assembly plant in Birmingham, England, stamp out one-piece aluminum bodyside panels stretching from tip to tail, as well as other components including frame and cross brace supports, roof, hood and decklid. All come together to forge a rigid and lightweight structure. The package size grows considerably in all dimensions. It's longer and wider and taller than the predecessor with more cabin and trunk space.
Anyone familiar with the shape of the previous XJ8 will recognize the curvy new version as a bold-faced Jaguar with the signature prow cut by pairs of oval articulated headlamps flanking a twin-port grille, smooth lines sweeping rearward across a long hood and low roof, and a rounded boat-tail back. Yet the rump varies from tradition by nixing a sagging tail in favor of a trunk with less slope to the deck.
Jaguar delivers three XJ variations to North America. XJ8 is the primary model but a dressy version restores the marque of Vanden Plas to the line and a performance edition with supercharged boost wears the badge of XJR.
Powertrains come from Jaguar's dual-cam 4.2-liter V8 engine with all torque translated through a ZF six-speed electronic automatic transmission. The transmission shift lever, set with Jaguar's venerable J-pattern gate for automatic and manual shifts, isolates various gear positions so you may shift it yourself without clutching, if desired. XJ8 and Vanden Plas stock the naturally aspirated V8, which delivers as much as 294 hp. XJR the performance model adds an Eaton Roots blower to the V8 as well as dual air-to-water inter-coolers. As a result, it gushes to 390 hp.
Variable-assist power rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes with computerized anti-lock controls (ABS) and electronic brake distribution (EBD) improve motion maneuvers for all models. A dynamic stability controller (DSC) is also in place, along with an air suspension and Jaguar's computer active technology suspension (CATS). XJR goes further by adding Brembo disc brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels crowned with Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tires, plus xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.
Standard cabin appointments for all include leather upholstery and walnut wood trim, adjustable pedals with memory settings also governing driver's seat, steering wheel and mirrors, a rear park distance control monitor, power moonroof and a new electronic parking brake in place of the traditi...
2006 Jaguar XJ Series Full-Size Luxury Sedan
By the StaffNew Car Overview of the 2006 Jaguar XJ Series Full-Size Luxury Sedan
Description: Full-Size Luxury Sedan
Options & Features
For 2006 iterations of Jaguar's full-size sedans, Jaguar offers two trims for standard wheelbase, then adds four more with a five-inch wheelbase extension.
Powertrains come from Jaguar's dual-cam 4.2-liter V8 with all torque translated through ZF's six-speed electronic automatic transmission. Prime model XJ8 packs the naturally-aspirated V8, which gains power in 2006 to reach 300 hp, while a performance edition badged as XJR scores a supercharged boost to 400 hp this year.
XJ8L with stretched wheelbase has the roof raised and rear seat section expanded, as a dressy version called Vanden Plas provides lavish rear quarters for chauffeured rides.
Super V8 defines a stretched and powerful supercharged flagship for Jaguar with performance equipment from XJR like Brembo disc brakes plus premium cabin appointments from Vanden Plas. And Jaguar's most luxurious production model emerges in 2006 as the Super V8 Portfolio, identified by sculpted aluminum power side vents.
Sensuously styled sedans, coupes and convertibles badged by Britain's classy Jaguar coachmaker leap into 2006 with powerful engines and sophisticated safety systems plus new features added for comfort and convenience. Models include the X-Type all-wheel-drive (AWD) sedan and sport wagon of compact dimensions, the elegant XJ series of full-size and stretched flagship sedans, sporty XK mid-size coupes and convertibles, and curvaceous S-Type mid-size sports sedans. Newest Jaguar is also the rarest -- XJ Super V8 Portfolio, a plush yet powerful luxury sedan ...