For 2016, Jaguar has completely redesigned the XF to be the ultimate four door sedan. Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar believes this is the best looking car in its class. Describing it as “Elegant, handsome and with some proportions that imbue a great sense of integrity.”
The dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and perfect lines which define all Jaguar cars.
The new XF has a longer wheelbase and more interior space, together with exceptionally low aerodynamic drag.
Inside, one can expect a contemporary blend of luxury materials and finishes, as well as state of the art technology. This comes in the form of a reconfigurable 12.3 -inch TFT instrument cluster, laser heads-up display and the InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system. The XF is now branded as the most connected Jaguar ever.
The all-new XF retains its predecessor’s core attributes, but uses Jaguar’s new aluminium-intensive architecture to enable weight savings of up to 190kg – making the 120 kW diesel model 80kg lighter than the nearest competitor – plus an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28%. The car also has a near 50:50 weight distribution, greatly improving the driving dynamics.
The XF has a slightly longer wheelbase than before, but is still 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the original car. As mentioned before, there is more space inside, and this means more knee- and leg room.
“From an engineering perspective, our targets with the all-new XF were bound by one holistic goal – it had to do everything better, and it does. It offers even better dynamics, even greater refinement for the comfort of its occupants, it delivers an all-new infotainment system, and it utilises every last mm of packaging to maximise interior space, while exploiting all the weight-saving optimisation offered by our new aluminium-intensive architecture. As a driver you will notice these benefits from the moment you sit behind the wheel.” Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XF.
Advanced passive damper technology delivers exceptional ride quality as standard through an extra valve which reduces damping forces at low speeds. For even better control the Adaptive Dynamics system monitors body movement 100 times a second and wheel movement 500 times a second to determine the optimum damper settings for the driving conditions.
The optional Jaguar Configurable Dynamics technology provides the ultimate in control and enables the driver to individually tailor settings of the dampers, steering, engine and 8-speed auto ‘box.
The XF is now offered with an AWD system, similar to that found on the F-Type AWD, and comes with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD). This delivers rear-drive handling with the performance and traction benefits of AWD.
A first for XF AWD is the addition of the Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) mode to Jaguar Drive Control. Leveraging Jaguar Land Rover’s unrivalled expertise, AdSR identifies the type of surface, such as snow or gravel, and adapts the mapping of the engine, transmission, steering and Dynamic Stability Control to make the vehicle even more composed in low-grip conditions.
To enrich the experience there’s also natural voice control, supporting commands such as ‘more like this’ for track selection, and 10GB of the 60GB solid-state drive is dedicated to media storage, enabling Gracenote album art to be displayed. Audio systems include the exceptional 17-speaker, 825W Meridian digital surround sound system.
The all-new XF is also the first Jaguar to offer adaptive full-LED headlights. Featuring two banks of LEDs and reflectors – one for dipped beam, the other for main beam – they generate light with a colour temperature closer to that of daylight than is achievable with Xenon lights, delivering better illumination. At the same time, energy consumption is reduced.
If the highlights are on full beam, the stereo camera will detect other vehicles in the distance, and the headlights will be dipped automatically as necessary to avoid dazzling other drivers.
The all-new XF range will consist of: XF Pure/ SE, XF Prestige, XF R-Sport, XF Portfolio, XF S.
The powertrain range option are as follows: 120- and 133 kW 2.0-litre diesel manual and automatic; RWD, 177 kW 2.0-litre petrol automatic; RWD, 220 kW 3.0-litre diesel automatic; RWD and AWD, 250- and 280 kW 3.0-litre petrol automatic.
The 280 kW XF S AWD Auto will be capable of doing 0-100 in 5.0 seconds.
Manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant, the all-new XF joins the Jaguar saloon car range between the XE and XJ model lines.
“The XF nameplate sits at the very heart of Jaguar; the original XF was revolutionary for the brand, and now the all-new aluminium-intensive XF represents another innovative step-change within the business segment. Lighter and more efficient, with enhanced space, an all-new premium infotainment system, a greater breadth of powertrains, unrivalled dynamics and refinement and, of course, world-leading design, the all-new XF offers customers a compelling package.” Steven de Ploey, Brand Director, Jaguar.