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An updated Jaguar XJ was unveiled overnight with a few minor aesthetic fiddles, a new 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 and the company’s latest infotainment system.

Visually, the XJ features full LED headlights, revised graphics for the tail-lights, and a slightly larger and bolder grille.

Spearheading the revised range is an updated 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6. This motor now boasts some extra power (220kW versus 202kW) and a bucket load more torque (700Nm versus 600Nm). Under the EU test cycle, fuel consumption said to drop from 6.0L/100km to 5.6L/100km.

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On the inside, the XJ can be specified with the company’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system that comes complete with a 60GB solid-state drive, multi-touch touchscreen, satellite navigation, smartphone app connectivity, a quad-core Intel processor, Gracenote album art and music database, Bluetooth connectivity, and a range of customisation options.

Buyers of top-shelf variants can also enjoy a 1300W Meridian Digital Reference sound system with 26 speakers. Also available is a rear-seat entertainment system comprising two fold-away 10.2-inch high-definition screens, digital TV reception, two USB ports, an HDMI jack, and an extra 100GB of storage space.

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The updated XJ will be available six specifications: Premium Luxury, Portfolio, R-Sport, XJR and Autobiography. The R-Sport and Autobiography are new additions to the lineup.

Aside from the aforementioned 220kW 3.0-litre turbo-diesel, these other engines will be available in the Australian XJ range: a 250kW 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol, and 375kW and 404kW versions of the 5.0-litre supercharged V8. All Australia-bound XJs will feature an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and electric power steering.

The 177kW 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and 345kW 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engines will not be available down under. In lieu of all-wheel drive, which is available overseas but not in Australia, All-Surface Progress Control is able to restrain throttle inputs and automatically apply the brakes to ensure smooth progress on slippery surfaces.

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Other safety technology available includes adaptive cruise control with queue assist, blind spot monitoring and close vehicle alerts, semi-automated parking for both parallel and perpendicular spots, and a reversing camera and parking sensors.

The revised XJ goes on sale in Australia from November 1, 2015. Prices will begin from $199,900, excluding dealer and statutory charges.

Detailed specification and pricing will be announced closer to the car’s launch down under.

Note: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that the Luxury trim and Ethernet connectivity were going to be available in Australia. This has been corrected.




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