Press Release) Jaguar unveils the XJ Ultimate at Beijing Auto
• The XJ Ultimate
represents the pinnacle of the luxurious, innovative XJ
experience with heightened levels of opulence for rear-seat
• Two individually tailored rear seats are trimmed in
semi-aniline premium natural leather with power adjustment and
recline, lumbar support, massage function and climate controls
• A rear business table, machined from solid aluminium with
piano black trim, powers into position at the touch of a button
• A pair of bespoke champagne flutes resides in a dedicated
storage area beneath the powered table
• A champagne chiller between the rear seats cools the bottle to
the perfect temperature and automatically presents it when the
cabinet is opened
• A full-length, leather-trimmed centre console features
phosphor blue accent lighting and stowage areas to extend the
car's business usability
• Each rear-seat passenger is provided with an iPad® and
keyboard, housed and charged in dedicated leather-trimmed docks
in the rear of the front seats
• A 15-channel, 20-speaker surround sound system engineered
specifically for the XJ by British audio
specialistsMeridiangives an unparalleled audiophile listening
• Rear-seat entertainment package with twin headrest-mounted
screens and wireless headphones
• Exclusive interior finishes including Herringbone veneer,
machined aluminium and bespoke LED lighting
• To underline its purpose in ensuring that passengers remain
cosseted at all times, the XJ Ultimate features revisions to the
suspension to optimise rear ride compliance
• The first 20 XJ Ultimate models will be finished in Celestial
Black, but customers can choose to have their car colour-matched
to any shade of their choice
• Discreet external detailing and badging differentiates the
Ultimate from other XJ variants
• Unique 20-inch 'Maroa' forged alloy wheels feature both
technical grey and highly polished finishes
• The XJ Ultimate is the first Jaguar to be announced that will
be available with a new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine
• The XJ Ultimate can also be specified with Jaguar's existing
5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine, and its 3.0-litre V6
turbocharged diesel. All powertrains drive through eight-speed
The flagship Jaguar XJ
ushered in a new interpretation of the company's established
reputation for dramatic design and - with its lightweight aluminium
architecture - responsible performance. Now, the XJ Ultimate focuses
on two further Jaguar hallmarks: innovation and luxury, extending
the model's emotive appeal.
Based exclusively on the long-wheelbase XJ, the interior changes
applied to the Ultimate focus on the rear accommodation, extending
the car's limousine remit to provide a fully-appointed luxury
business class experience for the most discerning of global
customers. The XJ Ultimate offers the appointments of a private jet
in a package to suit a wide range of requirements.
A full-length, leather-trimmed centre console separates the two
individually tailored rear seats which feature power adjustment,
ventilation, massage and lumbar functions. A table, machined from
solid aluminium with piano-black and chrome detailing, rises up from
the centre console at the touch of a button to provide a working
area, its role supplemented by the provision of two third-generation
iPads® with wireless keyboards that are housed in bespoke
leather-trimmed docks in the rear of the front seats.
Switching the focus from business to pleasure is the bespoke
champagne chiller mounted between the two rear seats. This cools the
bottle to what experts agree is the perfect temperature before
'presenting' it forwards when the chiller is opened. Two specially
commissioned champagne flutes reside in a purpose made cabinet
beneath the centre table.
A full rear seat package with twin headrest screens and wireless
headphones completes the experience in combination with a new
20-speaker surround sound in-car entertainment system developed by
British audio expertsMeridian.
To underline its purpose in ensuring that passengers remain cosseted
at all times, the XJ Ultimate features revisions to the suspension
to optimise rear ride comfort, with no compromise to the car's
breadth of dynamic ability.
The exterior detailing of the XJ Ultimate offers discreet clues to
the model's figurehead status with sculpted lower air intakes
chromed to match the grille, polished stainless steel oval exhaust
pipe finishers, unique dual-surfaced alloy wheels and subtle
The XJ Ultimate is available with Jaguar's existing 5.0-litre V8
supercharged petrol engine, its powerful and efficient 3.0-litre V6
turbocharged diesel, and a new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol
unit, all driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed transmission.
The Jaguar XJ introduced
a mouldbreaking coupé design ethos to its class, taking Jaguar's
established principle of long, unbroken feature lines and applying
them to a decidedly 21st century form. Dramatically different from
its competitors, the all-aluminium XJ captures the essential Jaguar
design elements of elegance, muscularity, sleekness and strength.
The detail changes applied to the XJ Ultimate serve to subtly
enhance the inherent rightness of the car's design, making it clear
that this is the luxurious flagship of the range.
The lower front air intakes are reshaped and chrome finished,
matching the powerful Jaguar grille, while LED daytime-running
lights underline the assertively shaped headlamps.
The 20-inch Maroa forged alloy wheels are unique to this model and
feature a dual-tone colour scheme. A dark grey, technical finish is
applied to the inner surfaces of the spokes which contrasts with the
bright, polished surfacing on the outer edges, combining to create
an appearance that is both glamorous and purposeful.
Anyone following an XJ Ultimate will be in no doubt that the model
is a cut above, as it is distinguished by new oval tailpipe
finishers in polished stainless steel that echo the front air
intakes and a discreet metal 'Ultimate' badge underneath the 'XJ'
nameplate. The 'Ultimate' badging is repeated in the power vents set
into the front fenders.
The first 20 Ultimate models made will be painted in Celestial
Black, but customers can also order their car in Polaris White - and
any colour in between. In addition to an exclusive extended palette
of paint colours, including a new 'chromaflare' range, XJ Ultimate
customers can order their car colour-matched to any shade of their
choosing on provision of a suitable sample for a true bespoke
Jaguar has always prided
itself on creating unique cabin environments and the interior
architecture of the XJ is like no other, combining graceful and
unexpected forms with quality materials that reward the senses with
their tactility, visual splendour and luxury.
Unique finish and personalisation
Now, the Ultimate's
position as the XJ range's luxury flagship is apparent from the
moment the door is opened. A unique wood veneer, crafted using
straight ebony, has been formed into a Herringbone pattern with
mirror image upper and lower halves separated by a strip of piano
black veneer. The Herringbone pattern forms fillets in the doors and
at the front of the car runs around the base of the windscreen to
create a dramatic feature that mimics the form of classic
wooden-hulled power boats. The clock mounted in the dashboard is
also unique to the model with a brushed aluminium face, embossed
lozenge detail and 'spun' bright finish.
The XJ Ultimate is offered in three interior colourways for the
sumptuous leather that covers virtually every surface and is also
used for the headlining; Jet on Jet, or Ivory seats and lower
surfaces with either Mineral orBordeauxuppers.
Further personalisation is offered through customers being able to
specify the headrests embroidered with a pattern of their choice.
The 'Ultimate' intaglio which sits in the centre of the sweep of
Herringbone veneer under the windscreen can also be changed to read
whatever the owner wishes.
The XJ Ultimate brings a particular focus to the rear seat
passengers to create an ambience that carefully balances the
requirements of the modern, on-the-move businessperson with certain
surprise-and-delight features that underline the XJ's 'work hard,
play hard' personality and reward the discerning owner who
appreciates the sense of fun with which Jaguar imbues all its
Tailored rear seating
In the Ultimate the XJ's
standard rear bench has been replaced by two unique and individual
seats designed specifically for this model. Elegant, cosseting and
ergonomically optimised, the tailored seats are covered in
semi-aniline leather which offers a more luxurious and tactile
finish and allows the hide to retain its essential qualities of look
and feel, complemented by the hand-finished stitching.
The seats feature winged headrests, powered recline and four-way
lumbar adjustment functions to allow passengers to achieve the
seating position perfect for them. The comfort levels offered by the
seats are enhanced through the inclusion of on-demand massage,
heating and cooling functions.
The occupant positioned behind the front passenger seat is also
provided with a stow-away button that automatically powers the empty
chair forwards to increase still further the XJ's generous legroom.
The front seats follow the same unique design as the rears and offer
identical functions with an additional range of electric movement
allowing 20 by 20 adjustment.
The seats are divided by a centre console running along the length
of the car. Fully trimmed in soft-grain leather, piano black veneer
and chrome, the console houses a number of features exclusive to the
XJ Ultimate. At the touch of a button a table machined from a solid
piece of aluminium with a gloss black and chrome finish rises up to
then be pivoted into position in front of whichever passenger
requires its use.
Chilled to Perfection
Raising the table
reveals the first of the XJ Ultimate's surprise and delight
features, a pair of champagne flutes in a bespoke recess flock-lined
in either Mauveine or Jet and lit by phosphor blue ambient lighting.
Within the centre console are 'fluteholders', designed specifically
for these glasses and machined from solid aluminium.
The flutes are, of course, there for a reason: discreetly integrated
between the rear seat backs, covered in soft-grain leather and
marked by a chrome Jaguar leaper is a hidden champagne chiller.
Lined in the same flock as the champagne flute recess to give the
impression of a bespoke suit lining, it holds one standard sized
champagne bottle which, when the cabinet door is opened, is
effortlessly presented forwards to the passengers. The champagne is
kept perfectly chilled at the optimum temperature range of 7°C-10°C.
Rear-seat passengers are
also provided with a range of entertainment options to enjoy while
sipping their champagne. The XJ Ultimate is fitted as standard with
Jaguar's Rear Seat Entertainment package which comprises two
eight-inch high-resolution screens mounted on the back of the front
These can display inputs from a number of sources; the DVD player,
digital TV tuner or an external media player that can be synced
through the Rear Media Interface, which provides USB and RCA
connections. Sound can be provided through the wireless headphones,
allowing each passenger to watch separate entertainment sources.
The rear seat environment, including the entertainment, is managed
by a wireless controller housed in the centre console and which also
allows passengers to alter their individual climate zones and seat
heating and cooling functions.
Meridian Surround Sound
The XJ Ultimate is also
fitted as standard with the latest generation of in-car audio
systems. Specifically developed for the XJ by British ultra-premium
audio expertsMeridian, marking a new partnership for Jaguar, the
Meridian Surround Sound System fitted to the XJ Ultimate uses the
latest technological developments to deliver music reproduction that
is second to none.
Unlike other manufacturers,Meridiandesigns and manufactures audio
systems that combine innovative technology with the most natural of
approaches: comparing their musical reproduction to the sound of the
original musical performance.
The 15-channel amplifier, 20-loudspeaker system featuresMeridian's
unique digital sound processing technology that allows every person
travelling in the XJ Ultimate to enjoy a musical experience that
places them in the centre of the sound field.Meridianachieves this
through its Trifield technology which creates an all-enveloping
sound field that makes each listener feel that the music is
exclusively focused on him or her.
Meridian technology achieves a level of natural detail, realism and
performance usually associated with speakers eight times the
physical volume. Meridian Cabin Correction and Dynamic Volume
Control precisely and effortlessly minimise resonances and monitor
extraneous noise levels to allow the audio to be unobtrusively
maintained at a constant volume in order for it to be perfectly
heard whatever the circumstances.
In addition to the
entertainment on offer, the XJ Ultimate also provides a pair of
third-generation iPads® with wireless keyboards. The iPads® are
housed within specially designed leather-trimmed docks in the rear
of the front seats and hidden behind roller doors, also finished in
tailored leather. The iPads® are automatically kept charged whenever
the ignition is on and also included in the cabinets are wireless
keyboards to allow the tablets to be used without being removed from
their docks if required.
PERFORMANCE AND DYNAMICS
To underline its purpose
in ensuring that passengers remain cosseted at all times, the XJ
Ultimate features revisions to the air-sprung rear suspension for
optimised ride compliance. While this provides a truly relaxing
experience for rear seat passengers, the XJ Ultimate loses none of
the model's core dynamic abilities and so is as rewarding to drive
as it is to be driven in. The XJ's lightweight aluminium
construction means a weight saving over its rivals of as much as
150kg. This of course offers great advantages in terms of agility,
acceleration, braking and driver feedback and involvement.
The aluminium architecture also provides benefits in terms of
emissions and fuel consumption, allowing the XJ to provide an
astonishing balance of performance and frugality from its range of
highly efficient, refined and muscular engines.
The XJ Ultimate will be offered with Jaguar's existing and acclaimed
5.0-litre V8 petrol engine in supercharged form, and the equally
highly regarded 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel. With 510PS and
625Nm of torque, the supercharged V8 provides astonishingly vivid
performance, the diesel V6 offering uncannily smooth and potent
progress while returning fuel consumption figures of 40.1mpg (EU) on
the combined cycle.
The XJ Ultimate will also be offered with a new 3.0-litre V6
supercharged petrol engine being introduced to the range for the
2013 model year. This engine, which in the XJ Ultimate will produce
340PS and 450Nm, draws on the award-winning technology inherent to
Jaguar's V8 and offers similar performance to the
naturally-aspirated version of that engine (which is not available
in the XJ Ultimate), but with the emissions and fuel economy
advantages of a V6.
The 3.0-litre V6 S/C will be offered in tandem with Jaguar's
Intelligent Stop-Start system and, in common with all powertrain
options, will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic