The new Jaguar XF is what sheer driving pleasure is all about. Innovative design and refined engineering deliver unmatched performance and uncompromising comfort. It is not too often that a car of such calibre is able to deliver such innovation without compromising fuel efficiency, but the model succeeds admirably.
The new executive saloon is bigger, lighter, more robust and more technologically advanced than the seven-year-old model it replaces. Expected to reach showrooms at the tail end of this year it was unveiled at the New York Motor Show and quickly drew praise from all sides. Some of its impressive features are the trademark InControl Touch Pro multimedia system, which boasts a quad-core processor and “ultra-fast” ethernet network. There is also a Meridian sound system upgrade and a responsive 10.2-inch touchscreen.
The XF’s aluminium-intensive architecture makes it 190kg lighter than its predecessor. The model is also 7mm shorter, but features a wheelbase is 51mm longer, leaving more headroom. Jaguar’s ‘Reva hoop’ design creates simple, yet elegant comfort and driving dynamics.
One of the more impressive features of the new model is the advanced aerodynamics with its straight lines and sharp edges that create a strong balance with efficiency. The car’s exterior is assertive and aggressive, bearing Jaguar’s easily recognizable form.
Engine and driving dynamics have also been improved thanks to a structure that is 28 per cent stiffer and 11 per cent lighter. Jaguar’s signature Configurable Dynamics provides the option to option to tweak the dampers, steering and eight-speed auto box. Electric power-steering is also available. Engine choices include the new Ingenium model that debuts in the XE, with 161bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesels. Another choice is the revised version of the 296bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbodiesel with a whopping 700Nm of torque, and the 375bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol from the F-Type.
Estimated starting price for the Jaguar XF starts around $50,000.