There’s a lot happening at Jaguar for 2013, including the announcement that the XF and XJ will be receiving all-wheel drive.
First, the XJ. The flagship of the Jaguar lineup gets Instinctive All-Wheel Drive (in Jaguar parlance), paired to a new engine in the lineup: a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine, producing 340 horsepower. The all-wheel drive system for Jaguar sedans is, rather unsurprisingly, adapted from Land Rover’s systems. It predominantly sends power to the back but can vary torque in a 50/50 split when the going gets slippery.
It complements the 5.0-liter V-8 engine in the XJ’s lineup, which can be optioned up with three different horsepower figures but none with all-wheel drive. Sorry, budding rally enthusiasts. If you want, instead, Jaguar will build you one of 30 Ultimate Editions, based on the long-wheelbase XJ and packing all the hoary British club room cliches you can throw at it.
The XF also gets all-wheel drive as well on its V-6, and alongside its new V-6 it gets an even smaller engine: a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 240 horsepower. It returns up to 29 highway mpg, because Jaguar—with its previous lineup of big, supercharged V-8s—has to crack down on lavish fuel dispensing in order to meet fuel efficiency standards.
Both cars get eight-speed automatic transmissions and start-stop features mated to all engines, thus bringing Jaguar proudly into the second decade of this 21st century. Regarding the late lineup of all-wheel drive—the last Jaguar with all four wheels driven was the odious X-Type, which made all-wheel drive its only viable selling point—North American vice president David Pryor admitted, “we are a little late to the party.” After all, every one of the XJ’s competition—the BMW 7 Series, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the Lexus LS—come with all-wheel drive. Because plutocrats still need to get to places, even when the weather doesn’t want them to.