See all New York Auto Show articles



Auto Show:  2011 New York Auto Show

2012 Jaguar XK, XF and XJ Global Debuts - New York Auto Show

April 22, 2011

Jaguar didn’t make a huge statement at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this year, however, the 2012 XK, XF and XJ showed off some tweaks that can only enhance their appeal.

“The world has been introduced to an entirely new generation of Jaguars in the past few years. With the new product range, today’s Jaguar is full-strength for the first time. The 2012 XK, XF and XJ are design-led products that break new boundaries. We believe our cars resonate with customers on an emotional level and that’s reflected both in the way they drive and the way they look,” noted Design Director Ian Callum.

By way of explanation, the XF, “a saloon with the soul of a Jaguar sports car,” has acquired subtle changes including bi-function HID xenon headlamps with the characteristic J-Blade signature and LED tail lamps for stop, tail and direction indicators. Jaguar has added in updated stop/start technology for improved fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and a new 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The upgraded interior now has more choices of hide color combinations, headliners and veneers, a revised 7” touchscreen and the option of a 1,200-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

The Jaguar XK coupe, the first car created entirely by Design Director Ian Callum, has more dramatic front and rear styling and new LED technology in slimmer front headlamps. But the real story is the XKR-S super charged model. On the outside, the chrome mesh grille has been replaced by matt black detailing. At a top speed of 186 mph with a 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, the super charged XK also emits less than 300g/km of CO2. A revised interior pumps it up with 16-way performance with heating, cooling and memory. The XKR Dynamic Pack offers five new paint colors and a range of 11 designs of 18-20” alloy wheels.

The “Black Pack,” available on the XKR, replaces exterior chrome with a matt black finish and 20” gloss black alloy wheels.

The original XJ was the last car designed by Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons. The current XJ luxury sedan is the manufacturer’s flagship vehicle distinguished by a full-length panoramic glass roof. For 2012, the XJ receives enhancements to the interior and options lists. For example, the Rear Seat Comfort package on XJL Supersport includes electric recline, lumbar adjustment and massage functions.

On the long-wheelbase Portfolio, the “Executive Pack” transforms the rear of the XJ into a mobile office with fold-down laptop trays and an electric rear sunblind for improved privacy. The package also includes upgraded carpeting, a combination wood and leather steering wheel and an interior color option of jet/ivory.

While Jaguar didn’t bring any new product to the NYIAS this year, they do have a long history of remarkable vehicles. 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type, which made its US debut 50 years ago as the Jaguar XKE at the 1961 New York International Auto Show.

The E-Type was so highly regarded that it was installed as an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City where it remains in the permanent collection to this day.

“It is impossible to overstate the impact the E-Type had when it was unveiled in 1961,” said Ian Callum. “Here was a car that encapsulated the spirit of the revolutionary era it came to symbolize. The E-Type is a design that even today continues to inform the work we do in styling the Jaguars of the future.”

The company will celebrate the E-Type anniversary in a series of events across the globe. Stay tuned.

HOLLY REICH writes about cars, travel, lifestyle and more. Her work has been featured in publications that include: Elite Traveler, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post and The Boston Herald. She contributes monthly to Motor Matters syndicate and her blog, "Riffs on Rides," appears on

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2012 Jaguar XK, XF and XJ Global Debuts - New York Auto Show - Autotrader