When it comes to key auto shows worldwide, the Moscow Auto Show is rarely mentioned in the revered tones as the Paris Auto Show, the North American International Auto Show or even the Geneva Motor Show.
Still, Russia is a key market for automakers, especially those in the luxury segment, so having a presence at its key auto show is important. Jaguar may not be rolling out any flashy concepts in Moscow, but that doesn’t mean the brand won’t be introducing new products.
First up is the launch of an all-new all-wheel-drive system, available on 2013 Jaguar XF and XJ models powered by the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. The system is intelligent, continuously monitoring traction as well as steering, throttle and brake inputs to optimize grip regardless of conditions.
Under normal conditions, power is sent primarily to the rear wheels, creating the handling dynamic that Jaguar owners are accustomed to. When traction is compromised (on snow or ice, for example), the system transfers torque to all four wheels to maximize grip.
The result is a sedan that drives like a Jaguar under normal conditions, yet delivers a wider margin of safety and handling when conditions are at their worst. Electronic stability control further ensures driver and occupant safety.
Also debuting in Moscow is the Speed Pack option for the Jaguar XFR, which raises the car’s governed top speed to 174 mph while revising engine and transmission parameters for quicker throttle response and faster shifts.
The Speed Pack also includes a new front aero splitter and a revised rear wing, giving XFR owners a visually distinctive way of setting their cars apart.