Jaguar has been the standard for affordable British-built premium luxury automobiles for nearly 100 years.
And much like its blueblood heritage, where you sit depends on where you stand.
The 2015 Jaguar XJ long-wheelbase L Portfolio offers rear quarter passengers the lap of luxury with over 44 inches of NBA–size back seat legroom.
Access to the aft cabin is gained through 45-inch wide doors where two adult riders enjoy such First Class upgrades with personal climate controls, massaging seats, flat-screen entertainment, footrests, lighted vanity mirrors, side privacy shades, rear window blind and panoramic roof.
Standard leather wrapped tables descend from the back of the driver and front passenger seats to hold a tablet or laptop computer. Heated and cooled front and rear seats are also included.
Seats rival the best home easy chairs with supple cushions that help absorb the stress of the day surrounded by a wood trimmed vault-like atmosphere that makes the back seat a rolling sanctuary.
Most Jaguar XJL owners in our region opt out of the back seat to grab dibs as driver of the 2015 Jaguar flagship sedan that now holds the bragging rights of better traction and improved fuel economy.
For 2015, Jaguar XJL Portfolio focuses attention on an economical sure-footed approach to ownership with the arrival of a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with 340 horsepower teamed to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The combination mates V8-like performance to fuel economy of 16 miles per gallon in town and 24 mpg on the open road.
Jaguar’s new V6 replaces the entry-level 5.0-liter V8 that championed the XJ model line for over two decades.
Grounding that power is Jaguar XJ’s first all-wheel drive (AWD) system that keeps the aluminum-based sedan planted on slippery surfaces regardless of seasons.
“As a global brand, Jaguar looked at northern areas of our country and world in general as necessary territory to market an all-season XJ model,” says Jim Wolff, Jaguar sales manager for Napleton Auto Werks in Schererville. “All-wheel drive is big in our region and stays competitive with other luxury brands.”
Jaguar’s AWD system dedicates most of the engine torque to the rear wheels until loss of traction is detected, then seamlessly sends up to 50 percent of the torque to the front axle.
Jaguar’s AWD offers Normal, Dynamic and Winter driving modes set by switch gear on the center console that adjusts transmission shift points, throttle response, suspension and stability control intervention.
Normal mode balances day-to-day traction needs while Dynamic mode manages the suspension and engine response nicely for tight-quarter highway driving.
Winter mode automatically sets up a dedicated 30:70 torque split to improve grip on slippery surfaces.
The 2015 Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD gains traction in the full-size premium luxury sedan market at a starting price of $85,625 with freight.