First Drive - 2013 Jaguar XJ 3.0 AWD
Jaguar might be a renowned name in the pantheon of luxury brands, but it's also an automaker that sells a very, very small number of cars on the global stage when compared to some of its competitors. While some of the blame for lower sales figures has to do with the company's more modest production capabilities, Jaguar has also recognized that by operating exclusively in the eight-cylinder, rear-wheel drive sedan and coupe/convertible space it has locked itself out of some very lucrative premium demographics.
It is to this end that Jaguar is on the verge of introducing not just all-wheel drive versions of two of its key sedans - the Jaguar XF and the Jaguar XJ - but also a range of smaller, more fuel efficient drivetrains to be sold in North America. We were recently given the chance to pilot the new 2013 Jaguar XJ and XJ L featuring a supercharged V-6 engine and all-wheel drive and came away suitably impressed with the brand's fresh direction.