All-wheel-drive Jaguar XF and XJ announced

Jaguar XJ
16 Aug, 2012 5:20pm

Four-wheel-drive variants of the XF and XJ - but they're not for the UK

Jaguar is launching new all-wheel-drive versions of its XF and XJ models in selected markets.

Marked out externally by an ‘AWD’ rear badge, the car will use an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that can split torque equally between the front and rear wheels, though the car will direct most of its power to the rear wheels under normal conditions to maximise efficiency.

The suspension on four-wheel-drive models will be tweaked so that the cars feel as similar to rear-wheel-drive models as possible.

The new variants will be powered by the new 335bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine, which will be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and equipped with stop-start.

This engine they will be around 5 per cent more efficient than the 5.0 V8 it replaces, which means you can expect both the XF and XJ AWD cars to achieve around 29mpg.

According to Jaguar’s figures, four-wheel-drive cars represent just 5 per cent of the luxury saloon market in Britain, and Jaguar doesn’t intend to sell the new variants in the UK in the near future. North America, Russia, China and Continental Europe are among the countries that will be offered the all-wheel-drive models.