When the all-new Jaguar XF was unveiled a few months ago, the carmaker hired British stuntman Jim Dowdall, a veteran of such action-film franchises as Bourne, Indiana Jones and James Bond, to take the wheel of the new XF. He performed a world-first high-wire water crossing, spanning a total distance of 240m above the Royal Dock of London’s Canary Wharf.
The dramatic drive highlighted the lightweight design and agility of the British automaker’s midsize sedan. Jaguar claims that the new XF is 80kg lighter than its closest rival, resulting in an average fuel consumption of 24.8km/L--amazing for a sedan of its size. The svelte looks of the coupe-like XF are made possible by Jaguar’s innovative aluminum-intensive construction. The sharp front end, the low-slung roofline and the equally curvaceous rear end likewise result in a low coefficient of drag.
Just like the sleek exterior, the cabin is also a blend of luxury and innovation. Leather, aluminum and carbon fiber line the interior, while high-tech features like the new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, as well as a large 12.3-inch TFT instrument display, keep the driver and the passengers entertained in the car. Moreover, there’s more interior space available, thanks to a 2,960mm wheelbase--longer by 51mm compared to the previous model. What’s interesting is that the car is actually 7mm shorter and 3mm lower overall than the model it replaces.
The aluminum design has enabled Jaguar to fit the new XF with engines that are smaller yet powerful and fuel-efficient. The range of 2.0-liter diesel motors, for instance, produce anywhere from 160hp/380Nm to 177hp/430Nm, and emits just 104g/km of carbon dioxide. Other engines include a 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline with 237hp and 340Nm; a pair of 3.0-liter supercharged V6 powerplants putting out either 335hp/450Nm or 375hp/450Nm; and a robust 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 diesel mill that produces 296hp and 700Nm. Depending on the engine, transmissions are either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
Of course, drivers can customize their XF’s behavior via the Configurable Dynamics system, first seen on the F-Type. This allows drivers to set the dampers, the engine, the steering and the transmission according to their desired preference. Needless to say, a host of luxury, technology and connectivity features are available to allow buyers to make the XF a car they can truly call their own.
The second-generation Jaguar XF is now available to order in its UK domestic market, with deliveries to start in a few weeks. Expect our local distributor to have the new XF by next year, if not sooner.