XK range features ground-hugging proportions, with a long hood, powerful contours and minimal overhangs. Its sweeping, athletic lines exude immense visual energy.
The benefits of aluminium construction are particularly pronounced in the Convertible models. Class-leading rigidity, torsional stiffness and excellent power-to-weight ratio deliver uncompromised handling and breathtaking acceleration.
XK Convertible models have a triple-lined fabric roof that can be automatically raised or lowered in less than 18 seconds. When lowered, the roof is completely hidden within the bodywork.
New slimline Bi-function HID Xenon headlamps with integral LED daytime running lights give the XK a distinctive visual signature.
They feature automatic levelling and washers, which operate with the ‘screen wash-wipe’ function. Cornering lights illuminate the areas to the side of the car at low speeds when the indicators are being used, or at large steering angles, for example, when parking.
The optional Adaptive Front Lighting system features dynamic pivoting headlights that react to the car’s speed and the driver’s steering. It can deflect the headlight beams by up to 15 degrees, to cast light deeper into corners.
Heated powerfold door mirrors fold back to help with parking or driving through narrow spaces. They also feature auto-dimming to reduce glare at night.
FRONT AND REAR PARKING AIDS
Front and rear parking aids provide an audible warning that alerts the driver to the proximity of objects. Arrows on the centre console Touch-screen provide further information on their location in relation to the vehicle.
REVERSE PARK CAMERA
The optional Reverse Park Camera offers extra safety and convenience and can be particularly useful when parking. Discreetly located in the boot lid finisher, the camera is linked to the front and rear parking aids, and transmits pictures to the 7 inch Touch-screen.
RAIN-SENSING WINDSCREEN WIPERS
Sensors automatically detect rain on the windscreen and switch the wipers on at the appropriate speed.
PAINT CHOICES AND PALETTES
XK models are available with a choice of three exterior paint palettes: Standard, Premium and Special. The Special palette includes two new ‘Racing Inspired’ colours: Italian Racing Red and French Racing Blue, which is exclusive to the XKR-S.
A range of 10 different alloy wheel designs is available (depending on the model and optional packs chosen).
From October 2011 two further options will be available:
– 20″ Venom alloy wheels for the XK Portfolio and XKR
– 20″ Orona alloy wheels for the XK, XK Portfolio and XKR
ENHANCED INTERIOR CHOICE
A wide choice of colours, materials, trims and veneers gives the XK driver an opportunity for a high level of personalisation. Seven interior colour themes and seven veneers are available, depending on the model chosen. Leather is used extensively throughout the cabin and is offered in two grades – Bond grain and soft grain.
LEATHER STEERING WHEEL WITH INTEGRATED CONTROLS
The leather steering wheel houses thumb-operated switches on either side of the centre hub to operate the in-car entertainment system, cruise control and optional Adaptive Cruise Control.
The steering wheel can also be specified to include heating.
From October 2011, the Sports steering wheel is available on all XK models. Trimmed in Jet Suedecloth, it offers extra grip and a further level of sporting luxury. (not available with Adaptive Cruise Control.)
DUAL ZONE AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL
The dual zone climate control system incorporates individual cabin temperature control for both driver and front passenger. It is fully automatic, with auto-recirculation, humidity control and automatic window demisting.
The use of the finest materials guarantees that the cabins of all XK models are finished to the most luxurious standards. Leather is used extensively, along with hand-crafted wood veneers and smooth chrome. The interior colour harmony is enhanced with soft-feel paint on the switches around the JaguarDrive Selector™ and the Touch-screen, the brighter paint on the air vents and instrument panel, and the Piano Black finish across the central console. The optional Jet leather headlining on coupé models has been produced by Poltrona Frau, a renowned furniture house with long experience of creating premium interiors for the motor industry.
SUPERIOR SEATING OPTIONS
The XK range offers a choice of three styles of seat, all with detailed finishing and a comprehensive range of colour options.
- Sports seats are standard in the XK and XKR. They are heated, upholstered in Bond grain leather and feature 10-way power adjustment with memory function.
- Luxury seats are standard in the XK Portfolio and XKR. They are heated and cooled, and feature soft grain leather, along with 16-way power adjustment and memory function.
- Performance seats are standard in the XKR-S and are available as an option on the XK Portfolio and XKR. They provide the ideal combination of comfort and lateral support, with integrated head restraints and strongly sculpted side bolsters for exceptional support during hard cornering. They are upholstered in luxurious soft grain leather and feature 16-way electric positioning with heat with memory functions. There is a range of sporting colourways to choose from, with optional contrast stitch. XKR-S seats also feature unique Carbon Leather accents and contrast micro-piping.
The instrument panel is highlighted with Phosphor blue illumination, a hallmark of contemporary Jaguar styling.
XK’s safety systems are designed to lessen the risk of an accident and to help protect occupants and other road users.
ADAPTIVE RESTRAINT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM (ARTS™)
Jaguar’s unique and highly advanced Adaptive Restraint Technology System (ARTS™) can help to protect front seat occupants in the event of a collision. Within a fraction of a second, ARTS™ is designed to assess the severity of any impact and, using weight sensors in the front seats plus sensors to detect the seat position and the seat belt status, deploy the dual-stage airbag in the most appropriate way.
PEDESTRIAN CONTACT SENSING SYSTEM™
The industry-leading Pedestrian Contact Sensing System™ and automatically deployable bonnet can also help protect those outside the car. The system is designed to raise the bonnet slightly if it detects contact with a pedestrian in order to help prevent their head from contacting hard points under the bonnet.
ROLL-OVER PROTECTION FOR CONVERTIBLES
The XK Convertible has its own array of safety features, including a highly advanced roll-over protection system. If the car’s on-board sensors detect an impending roll-over, two massively strong hoops – normally hidden under the rear tonneau – are triggered and designed to be deployed and to lock behind the rear seats within 65 milliseconds.
AIDS TO SAFER DRIVING
- The XK features a number of safety systems designed to improve road-holding and stability:
- Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
- Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Traction Control (through engine and brake intervention)
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
TYRE PRESSURE MONITORING
With this option fitted, sensors in each wheel continuously monitor the pressure in the tyres, and alert the driver to any unusual change that could signal a loss of pressure before it becomes a serious problem.
Door locks on the XK are controlled remotely from the key fob, and each door can also be locked or double–locked with a button on the handle. In addition, the doors will lock automatically when the car reaches a pre-set speed, which can be chosen by the driver. The XK is also protected by an alarm and engine immobiliser.
JAGUAR SEQUENTIAL SHIFT™
The 6-speed fully adaptive shift system delivers smooth and lightning fast gear changes with optimised performance and economy. For maximum driver involvement, gears can also be selected manually using paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
The XK’s Adaptive Dynamics analyse speed, steering and body movements 500 times a second and adjust the suspension with electronic dampers to achieve the ideal balance between comfort and precise handling. This system works in conjunction with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). The default setting for DSC comes into play as soon as it detects the wheels slipping. The Trac DSC setting, on the other hand, allows some slipping and overspin before it intervenes – this allows for a sportier drive and is also essential with snow chains.
JAGUARDRIVE™ SELECTOR AND JAGUARDRIVE™ CONTROL
The automatic transmission is controlled by the beautifully designed JaguarDrive™ Selector, which rises into the driver’s hand once the ‘Start’ button is pressed. Thanks to the Jaguar Smart Key System™ with Keyless Start the driver simply has to depress the brake pedal to enable this sequence. Then the driver only needs to turn the selector to engage transmission settings, or to move from Drive to Sport mode. JaguarDrive™ Control offers further driving modes – Dynamic for more responsive acceleration and Winter for more progressive control in slippery conditions.
Active Differential – standard on the XKR and XKR-S – provides superior asphalt and loose surface traction. It is designed to detect any slipping and vary the power supplied to each wheel to help keep the car as stable as possible.
The advanced braking systems for the XK range were developed at Jaguar’s research facility at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
Four-channel ABS (anti-lock braking system) is supplemented by Emergency Brake Assist, designed to automatically activate the ABS if it senses a sharp application of the brakes. This can stop the car, with more steering control, some time before the driver alone could have achieved the same effect. The XK and XK Portfolio feature the Jaguar Performance Braking System for the ideal balance of power and stability. On the XKR and XKR-S the Jaguar High Performance Braking System, with 380mm front discs and aluminium calipers, provides even more sensitivity and control.
CRUISE CONTROL AND AUTOMATIC SPEED LIMITER
Cruise control and an Automatic Speed Limiter system are fitted as standard throughout the range and offer increased convenience during motorway driving.
Optional Adaptive Cruise Control features a microwave radar in the front bumper, designed to sense if the vehicle in front slows down. It then uses the throttle and brake to maintain a constant time gap. Once the road clears it will take the car back up to the previous speed. The radar also operates a Forward Alert, which gives the driver an audible warning if the traffic ahead slows quickly or another vehicle moves into the same lane.
ELECTRIC PARKING BRAKE
The braking system works with the JaguarDrive ™ Selector to release the parking brake when ‘Drive’ is selected. The driver can also choose to operate the parking brake manually.
The 7 inch Touch-screen controls most major functions and keeps the number of conventional switches to a minimum. A masterpiece of clarity and intuitive functionality, it is used to operate the in-car audio system, the Bluetooth® telephone system, satellite navigation and the climate control.
PORTABLE AUDIO INTERFACE
Portable Audio Interface provides full-function control of an iPod or other MP3 player via the Touch-screen. USB storage devices can also be accessed via the Touch-screen and other players can be connected to the car through the standard 3.5mm stereo auxiliary input port.
The XK range features three superb audio systems, depending on the model chosen. All have AM/FM radios with the option of DAB, and are compatible with WMA and MP3 players.
- The Jaguar 125W sound system has eight speakers, with a woofer and tweeter unit in each door. The woofer is mounted much higher than it would be in a conventional system for enhanced bass reproduction.
- The Jaguar 525W premium sound system has a powerful DSP amplifier with eight door-mounted speakers and eight other speakers in the cabin.
- The Bowers & Wilkins™ 525W system features Dolby® Pro-Logic II Surround Sound for extraordinary sound quality throughout the cabin. Designed and tuned for XK models by Bowers & Wilkins, it offers exceptionally clear reproduction, enhanced by Kevlar® cones in the larger speakers and aluminium domes on the tweeters. A 6-disc in-facia CD changer also features.
The satellite navigation system is sophisticated but extremely easy to use. Controlled through the Touch-screen, it will store details of up to 20 destinations and can provide congestion alerts, with possible alternative routes. When fuel is running low, it also shows details of the closest filling stations.