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2012 Jaguar XJ Gives New Meaning to RIM

You usually find rims on the car?s exterior, surrounding the tires. Now, you can find RIM in the console of the 2012 Jaguar XJ. That?s right, there?s a place to dock your Blackberry at your fingertips while you drive. There are several other media favorites addressed in the new luxury car.

Blackberry Torch found a new home in the new Jag XJ
Blackberry Torch found a new home in the new Jag XJ

The first generation Jaguar XJ Series was numbered the XJ6 and was launched in 1968. The original XJ was the last car designed by Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons. His company has come a long way from its beginning in 1922 as the Swallow Sidecar Company. a manufacturer of motorcycle sidecars.

The 21st century Jaguar is modern, with cutting edge technology. The Blackberry, as well as other smartphones, can be controlled from the 2012 XJ?s LCD touchscreen. Unfortunately, the feature can?t be retrofitted into earlier models. Backseat drivers don?t have all the electronic features available to the person behind the wheel. However, they can watch TV, DVD?s and movies, so as not to annoy the driver with unsolicited advice.

Central Dashboard is filled with interactive elementsDrivers can soothe their annoyances with a full massage and heated seat. The steering wheel, for an extra $500, can also be heated for those cold mornings when you forgot your fur lined gloves. The steering wheel comes with a conglomeration of buttons for controlling many of the car?s features.

A 12.3-inch LCD display replaces the conventional dashboard. The tablet-like smaller display is where you manage the GPS, and see how well you are maneuvering that parallel parking test. A rear view camera displays colored distance markers and guidance lines on the touch screen that move with the steering wheel.

With a tip of the hat to environmentalists, the XJ is designed with a lightweight aluminum structure, half of which is made from recycled materials. Your Pepsi can has a bright and luxurious future.

The entry model in the Jaguar XL series this year is a 5.0 liter V8, RWD, 6-speed automatic for $72,700. Its big brother comes supercharged with several extras for $113,200 MSRP. A toned down model created specifically for Russia, China, and the Middle East features a 3.0 liter V6 that delivers 238 hp. The developing countries model can be had for 279,000 UAE Dhs (United Arab Emigrates Dirhams) or $75,970 USD.

Automotive journalists on the International Car of The Year (ICOTY) jury, named the 2011 Jaguar XJ as the 2011 International Luxury Car of the Year. Perhaps the 2012 model will walk away with the prize again.

Edmunds gives it a thumbs up. The respected car buying guide says of the latest edition XJ: Exquisite interior, superb engines, supple ride, nimble for its class, strong value for a luxury car. It’s also a bit of a bargain.