2018 Jaguar XJ will try to beat competitors


The XJ range of Jaguar’s can trace its lineage all the way back to 1968, but it wasn’t until 2009 that Jaguar brought the model up to date with the brand new 2018 Jaguar XJ range.

The model is now used for such dignitaries as the UK Prime Minister and the Royal Family of Great Britain, but despite this, in the U.S., the Mercedes-Benz S-class outsells the XJ by nearly 6:1; that’s quite some difference.

However, the plus side of this is that you’re almost guaranteed exclusivity, if that’s your thing. The XJ range has always combined power with luxury; models of yesteryear were always fitted with a decent engine and trimmed in the finest hide, wooden veneers and deepest carpets.

2018 Jaguar XJ Release date

This latest generation XJ should be available in the early part of 2018.

2018 Jaguar XJ release date: early 2018

2018 Jaguar XJ Price

As you’d expect from a premium model, the starting prices aren’t low; expect to pay in the region of $74,000 for the base model.

2018 Jaguar XJ Redesign and changes

It is expected that the new XJ will get only a minor redesign, specifically around the front of the car; re-profiled LED headlights, restyled air intakes and a fractionally bigger grille. As for the rest, we think it will remain pretty consistent with the current model.

2018 Jaguar XJ specs

Keeping with the theme of ‘not much’, it seems that in the U.S. at least, Jaguar won’t be revising the power plant either; they will be sticking with the 5.0 liter Supercharged V8 that has powered the previous models, but having said that, it still knocks out 550 BHP so it isn’t really lacking in the power department, certainly not for a luxury executive vehicle.

2018 Jaguar XJ equipment

The good news is that Jaguar will update the tech fitted though, in particular, this new XJ will benefit from the new JLR infotainment system, the “InControl Touch Pro”. This system will run through an 8” touchscreen, but does give you the option of displaying things such as the navigation through the instrument display, rather than the touchscreen.

It acts very much like a smart device, with users having apps that can be scrolled through, opened and closed through the device screen. It also has HDMI connectivity and the option to cast media (through such devices as a chromecast), the technology (if they get it right) will be something quite new and innovative.

With the new range of XJ’s, Jaguar are moving on from the ‘parts bin special’ that they’d started to become, now moving on to better technology, better engineering and an overall better car.

  • Jeremy Caldwell

    Disappointing. Other than a squared headlamp this design is basically the same XJ as it was nearly a decade ago. Jaguar has a terrible resale value and depreciates faster than stock in Trump University. Jaguar has to do something to remain competitive, and selling the same car for 8 years is not it.

    • John McCafferty


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Extremely powerful and great looking Jaguar XJ will try to conquer the market once again. This time, it has the highest changes than before.

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