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Luring Comforts Of Leaping Grace

Gone are the days when people in these parts of the world stood in awe whenever in sight of a luxury sedan with a German auto brand’s badge stamped on the bonnet. Now, it may be the foreigner who is turning curious here at the sight of the ‘leaping big cat’ as it is no

Gone are the days when people in these parts of the world stood in awe whenever in sight of a luxury sedan with a German auto brand’s badge stamped on the bonnet. Now, it may be the foreigner who is turning curious here at the sight of the ‘leaping big cat’ as it is no longer uncommon on the roads these days. Models of luxurious cars from the leading multinational car manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), appear to be something difficult to resist for the affluent sections of Kerala society.

Meet Jaguar XJ, the high-end luxury saloon from JLR that is all about sheer luxury, style and sophisticated technology. Looking from the front, the façade is stunning and distinctive with long bonnet, large windscreen; perforated radiator grille draped in Chrome, aggressive headlight cluster comprising double barrel Xenon projector units with LED eyebrows and the sporty bumper.

Step in, and a soothing phosphor blue glow lights your way inside XJ; from centre console, door panniers and door pulls to the analogue clock, XJ’s cabin is both contemporary and luxurious, created to excite the senses. With its innovative virtual information display, the instrument cluster is customizable. And with a single touch, you can open the glove box or turn on the overhead console lights, thanks to JaguarSense™ technology. Any one of the four electric seats can be selected and then fully controlled via the seat switches on the touch-screen. Rear seats can be programmed to revert automatically to home position when the rear door is opened for ease of entry or exit.

Designed with a wheelbase of 3157 mm, which is quite large and points to spacious interiors, XJ has a boot compartment of 520 litres and possesses fuel tank capacity of 82 litres. Both petrol and diesel engines are mated with an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. The petrol variant has the ability to cross the 100 km/hr speed mark in mere 7.5 seconds from a standstill and can go up to a top speed of 241 km/hr. While the diesel version cruises to 100 km/hr mark in 6.4 seconds and can attain a breathtaking top speed of 250 km/hr.

The petrol variant is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor and produces a maximum power of 237.36 bhp at 5500 rpm and yields a peak torque output of 340 Nm at 1750 rpm. The powerful V6 diesel engine displaces 2993 cc and is integrated with a direct injection system. The maximum power produced by this mill is 270.8 bhp at 4000 rpm and generates a peak torque output of 600 Nm at 2000 rpm. The maximum mileage given by petrol and diesel variants is 9.4 km per litre and 12.9 km per litre respectively.

The seats are covered with soft grain premium leather upholstery with monotone stitch. While the seats of Portfolio variants are covered with the same leather upholstery with contrast stitches. The front seats have heating and ventilation facility along with 3-position memory function that adds to the comfort level.

It is available with a rear seat comfort pack, which includes reclining seats, four-way adjustment for the lower back, massage features with three intensity settings along with winged headrests. Moreover, the rear seat occupants can even move the front seat forward at the touch of a button, which contributes to more leg space.

(MUTHOOT MOTORS, Near Geethanjali Bus Stop, N.H. By-pass, Vyttila, Cochin – 682019, Ph: 0484-6616666, www.jaguar.in)

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