|The highly anticipated all-new Jaguar XF finally came to dawn with a spectacular showcase in London, the dramatic ‘high-wire’ water crossing act. The new Jaguar XF is scheduled to make its world premiere at the New York Auto Show on 1 April.|
The high wire act was performed by British stunt person JIm Dowdall, who’s done stints in the Bonds, Bourne Identity and Indiana Jones movies. The new Jaguar XF was driven 240 meters across a high-wire to demonstrate its lightweight aluminium-intensive construction. Featuring 75 per cent aluminium, the architecture enables weight savings of up to 190kg over the outgoing XF and an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28 per cent. The new XF is 80kgs lighter than its closest competitor, resulting in best-in-class efficiency and CO2 (104g/km) emissions.
Signature exterior motifs with a tinge of contemporary design for the Jaguar XF
Outlook-wise, the new XF has a sleek and coupe-like exterior that’s formed around the aluminium-intensive architecture. The car’s features outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and pure lines, with exceptionally low aerodynamic drag. Full LED headlights are standard for the new Jaguar XF to ensure that every journey is safer and even more relaxing. Though 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the car it replaces, the new XF’s 2,960 mm wheelbase is 51mm longer, enabling class-leading rear seat space with more legroom, kneeroom and headroom.
The cabin utilizes a seamless blend of contemporary luxury materials and finishes, traditional Jaguar craftsmanship and state-of-the art technology. Two latest innovative features inside include the InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system and 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. The InControl Touch Pro incorporates a 10.2-inch touchscreen and Dual View technology, which simultaneously allows the driver to see information such as navigation, while the front seat passenger watches TV or a DVD.
Engine range for new Jaguar XF consists of the 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel, 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo diesel and 3.0-liter V6 supercharged petrol engines. The 2.0l diesel are available in 163PS/380Nm and 180PS/430Nm ratings and are offered with specially-optimized six-speed manual- and eight-speed automatic transmissions. In 163PS manual form, the new XF delivers 104g/km CO2 and is the lightest, most efficient non-hybrid diesel in the segment. All other engines are matched exclusively to eight-speed automatic transmissions. The 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo diesel benefits from a host of advanced technologies which boost efficiency and refinement still further, and raise output to 300PS and a remarkable 700Nm of torque. Also available is the 3.0-liter V6 supercharged petrol engine with 380PS/450Nm torque.
The light, stiff bodystructure is also fundamental to the new XF’s superb vehicle dynamics. The sophisticated double wishbone and Integral Link suspension, combined with near-50:50 weight distribution, delivers the ideal balance between agility, comfort and refinement.
Incorporating all of the learning from F-TYPE and XE, the meticulously-tuned Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) maintains the XF’s benchmark steering feel and response, and contributes to the new XF’s outstanding fuel economy.
Advanced passive damper technology delivers exceptional ride comfort as standard, but for even better control the Adaptive Dynamics system determines the optimum damper settings for the driving conditions. In addition, Jaguar Configurable Dynamics, first developed for F-TYPE, provides the ultimate in control and enables the driver to individually tailor settings of the dampers, steering, engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
As with XE, rear-wheel drive ability is enhanced too. All-Surface Progress Control, developed for low-speed driving in adverse conditions, automatically manages the brakes and the throttle to deliver the best possible traction, enabling the car to pull away smoothly and without drama.
The all-new Jaguar XF is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant alongside the all-aluminium F-TYPE and XJ. Production roll-out and further technical details are expected to be revealed following the global premiere.