The XK skipped over the 2006 model year, and now has been completely redesigned for 2007. It features a new, sleek exterior design and an all-aluminum body, and can be had in either hardtop or convertible configurations. A long list of new technologies is standard or available on the new XK coupe and includes a choice of two powerful engines: the naturally aspirated V-8 that sits under the bonnet of the XK, or the supercharged engine residing under the hood of the XKR "supercar." In addition, more safety features come standard than ever before, making the new XK a complete sports car.
The XK and XKR are the flagship models for the Jaguar brand and represent the new design direction for Jaguar. Overall, the new XK design is more angular than the model it replaces, and the vehicle's chassis is made of aluminum. The all-aluminum chassis means performance is enhanced without sacrificing safety. The XKR features unique front fog lamp housings, aluminum-finish upper and lower front mesh grilles, black brake calipers with an embossed "R" logo, a quad exhaust system, a unique rear lower bumper, and an aluminum finish to the rear signature area. In addition, the XKR gets its own wheel design.
The engine in the XK is a 300-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 that not only helps quickly propel the Jag from 0- 60 mph, but does it in an environmentally-friendly fashion, as the powerplant receives an Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle II . The XKR's supercharged engine bumps horsepower to 420, more than 120 hp more than the naturally-aspirated engine. Both are mated to a 6-speed transmission with easy-to-reach paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The XKR hits the 60-mph mark in less than six seconds, while doing it with style, luxury, and comfort.
Safety is not forgotten in the new XK. The convertible model features standard roll hoops designed to protect occupants in the event of a rollover, and works with the top up or down. Also featured are traction control, Dynamic Stability Control, and Forward Alert, which uses the XK's forward-facing sensors to help warn the driver of a potential collision, while at the same time calculating the amount of braking effort required to help prevent it. A keyless entry and start system also add convenience to the new Jaguar.
The Jaguar XK-Series competes in the Large Premium Sporty segment, which consists of five models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, performance, and quality, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SMwere the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (10,763 units sold), BMW 6 Series (9,322), and Jaguar XK-Series (4,567). The Jaguar XK-Series' 4,567 sales in 2006 represent an increase of 100.1 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Premium Sporty segment include the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class and SLR.