2013 Jaguar XJ AWD review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 20 December 2012 , 01:12:04 byAngela

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Jaguar XJ AWD

As we all know, winter in the US not seems to be in a hurry, but even so, Jaguar has decided to introduce a new system in Montreal, Canada. We are talking about its all-new Instinctive All-Wheel Drive system that was developed mostly for North Americans and Canadians. This can be fitted on different versions of the XJ and XF enhancing their performance, but in the same time keeping them fun to drive.

We will now focus our attention on the Jaguar XJ AWD and try to surprise some of the elements we found more interesting. Equipped with the Instinctive All-Wheel Drive system, the new Jaguar can now compete with models like the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC, the BMW xDrive and Audi Quattro. The AWD is rear-based and goes into action as full rear-wheel drive in good weather. The situation changes when the weather changes and the road conditions turn slick. This is when the system can split the engine power 50-50 between front and rear axles through a center transfer case. Instead of being part of an expensive option package, each AWD version of the XJ will be an individual model and the same goes for the XF. This means buyers will get the added benefit of all-wheel drive traction without making other investments.

On the Jaguar XJ, for example, the AWD is offered on both regular and long-wheelbase XJL models. To get the AWD, engineers had to make different modifications that are almost impossible to see by just looking at the car. To make a better idea, to keep the engine low in the engine bay, the front driveshaft is actually built into the oil pan. All the modifications and the new AWD parts increase the curb of the Jaguar XJ by less than 300 pounds. As standard the model gets Continental all-season tires. Even so, if the driver is not careful while driving, the tires and the rest of the equipment are completely in vain.

Source: autoblog