There are very few manufacturers who could actually build cars as elegant as Jaguar does. The Tata owned British manufacturer has a portfolio of some of the classy looking cars and one among them is the famous Jaguar XJ sedan, that even U.K's Prime Minister drives. And now, spied shots of barely disguised prototype of the Jaguar XJ has surfaced online, suggesting Jaguar will give a mild facelift to the car.
Going by the spy shots, the XJ will receive rather subtle updates, limited only to the front and rear bumpers. This is a prototype version only and might not carry the final changes, which is evident by the fact that headlight & tail-lights are only tweaked in terms of graphics. A few minor revisions to the interior cabin are also expected, so Jaguar could offer new upholstery options, updated trims and additional luxury goodies.
Jaguar is contemplating the option to launch a plug-in hybrid unit as seen in the XJ_e prototype first showcased in 2012. The prototype engine had a four-cylinder 2.0 litre turbocharged engine working with an electric motor, a 12.3 kWh lithium-ion battery and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The combination produced an output of 334 hp and was able to cover the 0-100 kmph sprint in less than 6.5 seconds before topping out at 250 km/h.
The hybrid unit is expected to give Jaguar XJ a fuel consumption of only 3.2 liters / 100 km in hybrid mode and upto 40 km in electric mode. The facelifted Jaguar XJ is expected to debut in late 2017 or early 2018.