Following on from the introduction of the XE, Jaguar has revealed the new XF which will go on sale toward the end of 2015.
The second generation XF has been on diet with a weight reduction of up to 190 kgs thanks to its aluminium-intensive architecture, which makes it 80kgs lighter, the competition. This has paid dividends in fuel economy of up to 70 mpg and CO2 emissions are now as low as 104 g/km, figures which are both class leading. Despite the weight loss torsional rigidity is up to 28 per cent stiffer.
Although the new XF is 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than its predecessor the wheelbase has been increased by 51mm to 2,960mm which has helped increase interior and boot space.
Power will come from a variety of engines, including the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engines which are available with either 163PS/380Nm or 180PS/430Nm outputs with the option of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions. There will be choice of two 3.0-litre units, the diesel V6 twin-turbo 300PS/700Nm or the petrol supercharged V6 380PS/450Nm both with eight-speed auto boxes.
All models will feature Electric Power Assisted Steering as with the F-Type and with the near 50:50 weigh distribution and advanced passive damper technology we are expecting the handling to be spirited. There is the availability of Adaptive Dynamics system which matches the damper settings to the driving conditions. And Jaguar Configurable Dynamics are being introduced to enable the driver to individually tailor settings of the dampers, steering, and engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
Jaguar has addressed the tech gap and has introduced their latest technology comprising InControl Touch Pro system that features a 10.2-inch touchscreen with Dual View technology that allows to view points for the driver and front seat passenger. InControl Touch Pro utilises solid state drives and quad-core processor to eliminate lag improving response times. There will be the option of a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster as seen in the likes of the Range Rover range.
There will be the option of full LED headlights and a tailored 825W Meridian digital surround sound system with 17 speakers.
We are expecting prices and specifications from the 1st April, when full details of the XF range will be released.Published 26 March 2015