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Jaguar Adds New Engines And AWD To XF And XJ Lineup 17
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Jaguar XF, 2013 Jaguar XJ, Automotive, Jaguar, Kurt on 08 17th, 2012

2013 Jaguar XF with Instinctive All Wheel Drive – Image: Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar seems to be doing all the right things as of late to grow the brand, which was all but dormant under Ford’s ownership. Despite major revisions to the XF in 2012, Jaguar has introduced two new engines and a new all-wheel-drive system to the XF product line. Even the flagship XJ gets changes, in the form of the same available AWD system (which Jaguar is calling “Instinctive All Wheel Drive) and a new supercharged V-6 engine.

For 2013, the XF product range will now start with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, good for 240 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. Its primary mission is two-fold: make the XF more affordable to attract more buyers, and improve fuel economy across the XF range. The next XF engine, a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that replaces last year’s 5.0-liter V-8, hopes to do the same. Rated at 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the engine powers the rear-drive XF from 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds.

Jaguar XF models with the supercharged V-6 can also be ordered with Instinctive All Wheel Drive, which sends the bulk of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions. When the system predicts a loss of traction (hence the “Instinctive” name) it sends up to 50-percent of the available torque to the front wheels.

Performance-oriented XF models, like XF Supercharged and the XFR, return for 2013 with the same supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 as last year. As anyone who’s driven one of these cars will tell you, that’s a very good thing indeed.

2013 Jaguar XJ with Instinctive All Wheel Drive – Image: Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar’s XJ lineup sees some changes for 2013 as well. The base engine is now the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, and Instinctive All Wheel Drive is an available option on V-6-equipped XJ models. Topping the range for 2013 is the limited production, $155,875 XJL Ultimate, which packs a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 510 horsepower under its hood. Billed as a “High Performance Bespoke Limousine,” the XJL Ultimate is all about rear seat passenger comfort with features like massaging rear seats, rear seat infotainment system, a beverage chiller and a custom, machined aluminum table. Only 30 will be imported into the United States, making the XJL Ultimate a rare sight at yacht clubs nationwide.

2013 Jaguar XJ, XF Available With Supercharged V-6 29
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Jaguar XF, 2013 Jaguar XJ, Automotive, Jaguar, Kurt, News on 06 29th, 2012

Jaguar’s 2013 XF and XJ models – Image: Jaguar

When it comes to engines, U.S. buyers of Jaguar XJ and XF models have had it pretty easy. On these shores, both Jaguar sedans came packing a 5.0-liter V-8, so the only decision to be made was “normally aspirated” or “supercharged.” Since even the base engine made 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, the decision was usually made by the consumer’s budget.

In Europe, there are a dizzying array of engine options available for Jaguar models, starting with a turbodiesel four and running through a variety of gas and diesel V-6 models before topping out at the V-8 variants. Jaguar does this to broaden its appeal to a wider variety of customers, but also to meet stringent Euro 5 emission standards.

For 2013, it looks like buyers in the U.S. will get a broader range of engine options, too. Though market-specific details are still a bit hazy, it looks like Jaguar will drop the normally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 from base XF and XJ models, replacing it with a supercharged V-6.

The new-to-the-U.S. engine will make 335 horsepower and 331 pound feet of torque, which is noticeably less than the previous V-8. The big gains come in fuel economy, and Jaguar reports that the new engine is some 14-percent more fuel efficient than the unit it replaces. It should be lighter, too, which will make the new base XF and XJ models feel less nose-heavy than their predecessors. All engines, regardless of output, now come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If that’s not enough horsepower to amuse you, don’t worry: you’ll still be able to get both the normally-aspirated and supercharged V-8s, which also pick up fuel economy gains of 8 and 11-percent, respectively.