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RickKap
08-06-2004, 10:00 PM
IRVINE, Calif., August 1, 2004 - Jaguar North America announces the
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for its 2005 XJ models.

In 2004, the all-new, aluminum-intensive Jaguar XJ sedan was introduced, and for 2005, the luxury sedan stretches to new lengths with the addition of three new XJ Long Wheelbase models - the XJ8 L, Vanden Plas and Super V8 - broadening its consumer appeal for the definitive Jaguar luxury sedan.

Constructed using lightweight aluminum joined by self-pierce rivets and epoxy adhesive - state-of-the-art, high strength construction techniques learned from the aerospace industry - the new XJ's body is some 60 percent stiffer yet 40 percent lighter than before. The result is that even the lengthened versions provide class-leading fuel economy, lower exceptional handling characteristics, and, of course, lots of interior space.

As with the 2004 model line-up, the XJ sedan maintains the high standard of luxury, driving dynamics and comprehensive safety features the XJ is known for, and is priced to provide the greatest value in the luxury sedan segment. In fact, the XJ8 standard wheelbase and XJ8 L are priced well below the BMW 745i and BMW 745Li -- $8,500 and $10,500 less, respectively. Even the range-topping new Super V8 flagship, fully loaded with luxurious amenities and supercharged 390 hp performance is a stunning value even in the high-end luxury segment with an MSRP of $89,995.

Detailed standard features and pricing for all five derivatives of the 2005
Jaguar XJ sedan are as follows:

XJ8 (SWB) $61,495 (including destination and delivery charges)
XJ8 L (LWB) $63,495 (including destination and delivery charges)

Key standard features:

4.2-liter, 294bhp AJ-V8
Six-speed ZF automatic transmission
Self-leveling air suspension
Electronic park brake
Four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) for enhanced handling and performance
CATS active damping
Power-adjustable foot pedals with memory
Power moonroof
Leather seating surfaces
12-way power driver and front passenger seats
Burl walnut veneer trim
18 x 8.0-inch 'Dynamic' alloy wheels fitted with all-season tires
Reverse Park Control
Wood/leather steering wheel
Dual-zone automatic climate control with filtration
Side curtain airbags, front side airbags and front airbags
Adaptive Restraints Technology System (ARTS)
140-watt eight-speaker AM/FM stereo with CD player

Vanden Plas (LWB) $70,995 (including destination and delivery charges)

Key Standard features (in addition to XJ8L):

Twin-stitched trimmed dashtop
Hand-inlaid burl walnut veneers with Peruvian boxwood inlay
Soft-grain ruched leather seating with contrast piping
Deep-pile lambswool footwell rugs
16-way power front seats
Rear fold-down picnic trays
Power-fold exterior mirrors with chrome caps
Electric rear sunblind
18 x 8-inch 'Rapier' alloy wheels fitted with all-season tires
Three-stage heated front and rear seats and heated steering wheel
Alpine Premium 320-watt sound system with AM/FM stereo and six-disc CD changer
Power-folding door mirrors

XJR (SWB) $75,995 (including destination and delivery charges)

Key standard features (in addition to XJ8):

Supercharged 4.2-liter 390bhp AJ-V8
R Performance-tuned CATS adaptive damping
BremboŽ brakes with four-piston calipers
Radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control
19 x 8.5-inch 'Performance' alloy wheels, Z-rated tires
R Performance 16-way driver's and 12-way front passenger's sports seats with
leather inserts
Power folding door mirrors
Electric rear sunblind
R Performance leather and chrome shift knob
Heated wood/leather steering wheel
Three-stage heated front and rear seats
Alpine Premium 320-watt sound system with AM/FM stereo and six-disc CD changer

SUPER V8 (LWB) $89,995 (including destination and delivery charges)

Key standard features (in addition to Vanden Plas):

Supercharged 4.2-liter 390bhp AJ-V8
Offers supercharged performance with no 'Gas Guzzler Tax'
BremboŽ brakes
19 x 9.0-inch 'Custom' alloy wheels, Z-rated tires
Chrome grille shell with bright mesh insert
Radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control
Four-zone climate control system
DVD touch-screen navigation system
DVD rear Multimedia entertainment system with twin rear display screens
Front Park Control
Electrically adjustable rear bench seat, with rear control of front passenger
seat

RickKap
08-07-2004, 01:09 AM
IRVINE, Calif., August 1, 2004 - While gas-electric hybrid vehicles are one answer to increasing fuel costs, Jaguar took a unique approach in 2004 by employing state-of-the-art lightweight aluminum to achieve better fuel economy, lower emissions and enhanced driving dynamics on an all-new version of its XJ sedan. Now, using the same aluminum construction, these all-new 2005 XJ Long Wheelbase (LWB) models have achieved best-in-class fuel economy among segment competitors with a Combined rating of as high as 22 miles per gallon.

"This is yet another, compelling example of the weight-saving benefits of the new XJ's aluminum monocoque construction," said George Ayres, vice president of Marketing at Jaguar North America.

Constructed using lightweight aluminum joined by self-pierce rivets and epoxy adhesive - state-of-the-art techniques learned from the aerospace industry - the new XJ's body is some 60 percent stiffer yet 40 percent lighter than before. The result is that a new long wheelbase model, like the supercharged Super V8, is a staggering 800 pounds lighter than BMW's long wheelbase 760Li.

The reduced weight not only delivers exceptional fuel economy, it also results in lower emissions, more agile handling and truly athletic performance. The new XJ8 L, for example, accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds - compared to 6.9 seconds for the previous XJ8 standard wheelbase model.

According to the latest EPA government fuel figures, the 2005 4.2-liter XJ8 L has a best-in-class Highway rating of 28 miles per gallon. That gives the car an outstanding theoretical calculated range of 630 miles - a one-tank trip from New York to Cincinnati, Denver to Kansas City, or a round trip from Chicago to Detroit.

With an EPA Combined rating of 22mpg - another 'best-in-class' figure - the new XJ8 L's real-world touring range on a full tank is still a theoretical 495 miles, the approximate distance of a drive from San Francisco to San Diego.

In the new 2004 supercharged Super V8, the benefits are even more pronounced. Its 17mpg/24mpg (City/Highway) EPA rating provides exemption from 'gas guzzler' taxation - another advantage over high performance competitors. And, against the stopwatch, the Super V8 can accelerate from standstill to 60 mph in a sportscar-like 5.0 seconds.

"With gas prices in the U.S. heading towards record levels, fuel economy - even in luxury cars - is becoming a key buying consideration," adds Ayres.

Three versions of the 2005 Jaguar XJ LWB - the XJ8 L, Vanden Plas and Super V8 - will be offered in North America from September. The XJ8 L and Vanden Plas models both feature a 4.2-liter 294bhp (SAE) AJ-V8, while the flagship Super V8 is powered by a 390bhp supercharged AJ-V8. Each engine benefits from being coupled to the highly-responsive six-speed ZF automatic transmission.

How the 2005 Jaguar XJ LWB models compare to selected competitors

City Highway Combined

Jaguar XJ8 L 18 28 22
Jaguar Vanden Plas 18 27 21
Jaguar Super V8 17 24 20
Mercedes S500 16 22 18
Mercedes S600 12 19 15
BMW 745 Li 18 26 21

Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

Al Carr
08-07-2004, 07:07 AM
sure can do w/o the adaptive cruise control. I'm liking it less and less the more I use it. I wish Jag offered a "delete" on that one -- or a way to turn off the "adaptive" part and just have normal cruise.
Al Carr
'04 XJR


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