Hoping to add a competitive edge to its flagship sedan as it takes on the Audi A8, the new BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Jaguar introduces significant changes to the 2016 XJ lineup. Available in standard- wheelbase XJ R-Sport, XJ R-Sport AWD, XJ Supercharged and XJR form as well as long-wheelbase XJL Portfolio, XJL Portfolio AWD, XJL Supercharged and XJR LWB variants, these aluminum-intensive sedans benefit from tasteful cosmetic nose and tail tweaks as well as visual and functional interior enhancements plus new driver-assist features.  

All of the XJ models feature a larger, more upright grille with new mesh insert and new adaptive LED headlamps with "Double J" running lamps. The modestly redrawn fascia carries subtle chrome accents in the lower air intakes. Out back, the cars get new J-signature LED taillamps and oval exhaust outlets. Standard wheelbase XJs -- that now carry a new R-Sport designation -have minor aero upgrades while all XJR versions feature a Black Pack finish to the grille, lower air intake surrounds and window garnish.

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More creature comforts and new connectivity

Inside, specific cabin trims vary by model with the XJL Portfolio and XJL Supercharged trading perforated leather for a new diamond-quilted alternative. However, all 2016 XJs feature a revised instrument cluster, a new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 60GB SSD and an 8-inch capacitive touch screen as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot with 3G connectivity for up to eight devices and numerous Jaguar InControl apps. Further sweetening the feature mix are a 17-speaker/825-watt Meridian Surround Sound audio system and heated/ventilated front/rear seats. Buyers can step up to a 1,300-watt Meridian Reference system on all XJ variants while LWB cars can be fitted with a new rear-seat entertainment package that includes dual 10.2-inch hi-definition screens, one HDMI port and two USB 3.0 ports. 

On the driver-assist front, Jaguar added its All-Surface Progress Control that acts like a low-speed cruise control on slick surfaces to the XJ standard equipment roster and also enhanced the XJs primary Adaptive Cruise Control with a new Queue Assist feature. Rear-drive models with the new electric power steering also offer semi-autonomous assist for both parallel and perpendicular parking.

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Powertrains carry over with the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 in the XJ R-Sport/R-Sport AWD, XJL Portfolio and XJ Portfolio making 340 horsepower, the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 in the XJ/XJL Supercharged turning out 470 horses and the more potent version of that engine in the XJR/XJR LWB models cranking out 550 ponies. All are backed by a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2016 Jaguar XJ lineup arrives in U.S. dealers this fall with pricing announced closer to the on-sale date.

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