Jaguar updates XJ saloon for 2013

The upgraded Jaguar XJ has been revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week in preparation for a September launch.

Jaguar’s luxury XJ saloon is gaining a new 3.0-litre V6 engine, which will replace the currently available 5.0-litre V8 powertrain.

Although it seems the new engine will just reduce power output in the XJ range, the smaller 3.0-litre will subsequently reduce CO2 emissions and make the XJ more economical.

The new 3.0-litre V6 is available with both petrol and diesel variants, producing 335bhp and 271bhp respectively. An eight-speed-automatic-transmission is also added to the new V6, along with stop/start technology.

Even though the size of the engine has changed, the 3.0-litre petrol engine still packs quite a punch with its 335bhp and 450Nm of torque. The V6 petrol can also reach 0-60mph in just 5.7 seconds.

With the new start/stop technology the 3.0-litre V6 diesel emits CO2 emissions as low as 159g/km, which is a 14 per cent improvement.

Alongside its engine revamp the XJ is also be gaining a new suspension, an 825W premium sound system and DAB digital radio as standard.

Upon release the new Jaguar XJ will be available with both a standard and long-wheel base, as well as four trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio and Supersport. The Supersport trim offers a sportier driving experience and is only offered on petrol variants.

The new 2013 Jaguar XJ saloon will be available from September with a starting price of £56,260.

Jaguar vehicles are available from Perry’s Huddersfield dealership.