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India bound 2016 Jaguar XF unveiled

25 Mar 2015 / 0

2015 is the year of the cat and Jaguar is making the most of it. First there’s the new F-Pace and XE crossover and now this, the reworked XF. Jaguar has started from the ground up and worked on the chassis which is 11 per cent lighter than the outgoing car. Expectedly the car uses an aluminium intensive architecture and Jaguar claims that the car will be about 200kg lighter than before. Present customers have requested more space so Jaguar has extended the wheelbase by 51mm to liberate room in the cabin. Despite this, the car is actually slightly shorter than before, by 7mm thanks to shorter overhangs. This has not affected boot space either which is a liberal 540 litres. In addition, the car sits 3mm lower.

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In terms of design, the car is quite similar to the current XF but there are quite a few differences. While the kinks and lines on the hood will continue, the shoulder line is now stronger than before and divides the car distinctly. The glass area is also larger, giving the car a more airy feel. The tail lamp is also much slimmer and takes cues from the F-Type. Earlier Jags featured just the leaping cat motif on the boot but now the word Jaguar will be spelled out beneath it on all cars. Available wheel sizes range from 18 to 20 inches and Jaguar hints that even larger optional wheels may be offered.

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On the inside the new steering wheel is again inspired by the F-Type while the fancy rotating air vents on the centre console have been replaced with static ones that now sit above the new 12.3-inch TFT display. The display runs Jaguar’s new In Control Touch interface that is claimed to be state of the art and runs off a quad core processor for a seamless experience. We also quite like the new fluted seats that come with double stitching that harks back to the classic Jags of yore.

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It might be larger and more luxurious but Jaguar firmly believes that the XF is primarily a sports saloon. Which is why a lot of learning from the F-Type has gone into the XF’s chassis set-up. Double wishbone suspension up front and an integral link rear are standard but Jaguar will also offer two options in terms of damping – passive and adaptive dampers. All-wheel drive will also be available.

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Jaguar will offer the XF with a range of engine choices, six in total. Diesel duties will be handled by the new 2-litre Ingenium engine which comes in 163PS and 180PS tunes. There’s also a 300PS twin turbo V6 on offer for those looking for more grunt. Petrol power comes from a 240PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder while enthusiasts can opt for a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 from the F-Type. Like the sportscar, this engine is available in 340 and 380PS versions.

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Expect it to come to India later this year or in early 2016.

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2016 Jaguar XF image gallery

ALL-NEW JAGUAR XF REVEALED

(Whitley, Coventry – 24 March 2015): The all-new Jaguar XF has been revealed during a dramatic ‘high-wire’ water crossing in the heart of London’s business district.

Expert British stunt man Jim Dowdall, veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, drove the all-new Jaguar XF 240 metres across a high-wire to demonstrate the new XF’s lightweight aluminium-intensive construction. The new XF is 80kgs lighter than its closest competitor, resulting in best-in-class efficiency (over 70mpg) and CO2 (104g/km).

The feat took place high over the Royal Dock in London’s Canary Wharf. Footage of the drive can be viewed here: jaguar.co.uk/newxf

The all-new XF brings an unrivalled blend of refinement, fuel economy, dynamics and design to the business car segment. It will make its global motor show debut in New York on 1 April.

With segment-leading figures for interior space, the all-new XF’s dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and pure lines which define all Jaguar cars, with exceptionally low aerodynamic drag.

The cabin utilises a seamless blend of contemporary luxury materials and finishes, traditional Jaguar craftsmanship and state-of-the art technology. With features such as the new InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system and 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster.

“In creating the all-new XF, as a design team we have been driven by discipline, the discipline of simplicity. Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose – nothing is superfluous. Achieving that simplicity takes time and requires great determination; it’s all too easy to add lines to a car, but much harder to addcharacter by leaving lines out.

“Inside too, we have been driven by the desire to ensure the XF’s cabin is as comforting as it is comfortable. New technology, including our new 10.2-inch touchscreen, is combined carefully with materials that cosset and reassure. The all-new XF has a clear sense of calm and strength, both outside and inside – and I’m proud of my team for delivering that.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The original XF’s sleek exterior and luxurious interior made it a desirable, aspirational vehicle. Combined with benchmark driving dynamics, the XF was like nothing else in the segment and has gone on to become Jaguar’s most-awarded car.

The all-new XF retains its predecessor’s core attributes but uses Jaguar’s advanced aluminium-intensive architecture to elevate them to a completely new level. Featuring 75 per cent aluminium, the architecture enables weight savings of up to 190kg over the outgoing model and an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28 per cent.

The architecture also delivers dramatic improvements in packaging and the proportions so essential to Jaguar design. Though 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the car it replaces, the all-new XF’s 2,960mm wheelbase is 51mm longer, enabling class-leading rear seat space with more legroom, kneeroom and headroom.

The efficiency gains inherent in the lightweight aluminium construction are complemented by the all-new XF’s refined, powerful engine range. The 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engines are available in 163PS/380Nm and 180PS/430Nm ratings and are offered with specially-optimised six-speed manual- and eight-speed automatic transmissions. In 163PS manual form, the all-new XF delivers 104g/km CO2 and is the lightest, most efficient non-hybrid diesel model in the segment – 80kg lighter than its closest competitor.

All other engines are matched exclusively to eight-speed automatic transmissions. The 3.0-litre 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 renowned 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine with 380PS/450Nm torque.

The light, stiff bodystructure is also fundamental to the all-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 all-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.

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 driver only has to steer.

Infotainment and connectivity is the most advanced Jaguar has ever offered. The all-new InControl Touch Pro system features 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.

To handle the enormous amounts of data, InControl Touch Pro features a solid-state drive and a quad-core processor, and runs on state-of-the-art, ultra-fast Ethernet – a next-generation network offering exceptional data transfer rates. Combined, they deliver incredible graphics, fast response times and truly exceptional performance.

Complementing InControl Touch Pro is a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. Jaguar Land Rover pioneered this technology with the XJ and Range Rover and is now bringing it to the business car segment.

To make every journey safer and even more relaxing, the all-new XF offers a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems, and is also the first Jaguar to offer full-LED headlights.

The all-new aluminium-intensive Jaguar XF will be manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant alongside the all-aluminium F-TYPE and XJ.

Full technical details, images and film of the all-new XF will be available on 01 April at 12:00 (BST) from www.media.jaguar.com

 

 

 



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