Jaguar facelifts XF, XFR sedans

Inspired by big brother XJ's design
Apr 25, 2011
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Jaguar has given its XF line of midsize luxury sedans a facelift despite the model being in the market for just three years. To go with the new look, the British carmaker has also thrown in technologies and an innovative entry-level powertrain that promises to make the refreshed XF "the most efficient Jaguar yet produced."

The most evident of the facelift sees the XF taking on the same design language used in the brand's flagship XJ sedan--from the slim new headlight units set with distinctive LED lighting strips to the larger, more upright grille.

A power bulge on the bonnet gives the XF a more purposeful stance that's emphasized by a trio of airdams on the lower section of the bumper, the outside pair of which are now intersected by twisted chrome fins.

A pair of chrome strips bearing the brand that is mounted on top of the redesigned front fender vents complete the changes to the side. Out back, the tail lamp units that extend further into the boot have been redesigned and now use LED technology. A new chrome blade sitting below the simple Jaguar leaper badge completes the exterior's redesign.

The range-topping XFR expands on the XF's XJ-inspired looks even further by having a trio of deep airdams dominating the front of the car while a set of cooling vents adorn the bonnet on either side of the power bulge.  New sill extensions also run down the side of the car and are framed by redesigned 20-inch wheels. A new set of rear taillights sit above a redesigned bumper that also comes with a subtle diffuser.

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The most significant change to the XF, however, lies under the bonnet as an inline-four engine is being offered in Jaguar's midsize sedan for the very first time.

This 2.2-liter common rail diesel mill puts out 190hp and 450Nm of torque and is mated to a new eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and a stop-start system--a first in a Jaguar.

The 3.0-liter V6 diesel still sees duty with 240hp being produced in the standard engine while the more superior Diesel S mill churns out 275hp.

As for the petrol-fueled 5.0-liter V8, the naturally aspirated version produces 385hp while the supercharged mill used in the XFR puts down a substantial 510hp to the rear wheels.

The refreshed XF will officially go on sale globally in September.

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