The first generation XF launched in 2007 was a big step forward for Jaguar. Combining a sleek, coupe-like exterior and a luxurious interior with features such as the rotary shift controller, rotating air vents and blue ambient lighting, the XF turned out to be a highly desirable car. The upcoming all-new XF then promises to retain its predecessor’s core attributes while using Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture to enable weight savings of up to 190kg.
On the outside, the more vertical front end, shorter front overhang, longer wheelbase and the aggressive looking front and rear taillights reflect Jaguar’s new approach towards designing their cars. For the first time in any Jaguar, the headlights feature adaptive full-LED technology. They also feature the brand’s signature J-Blade LED daytime running lights, as seen in the outgoing model. As for the size, the new XF is 4,954mm long and at 2,960mm, the wheelbase is 51mm longer than before. Though 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the original XF, Jaguar says its new model is more spacious than the first-gen XF.
Like the original XF, the highlight of the interior remains the start-up sequence bringing the car to life as the rotary gear selector rises up from the centre console and the air vents rotate into position. The cabin also features a 12.3-inch full-TFT instrument cluster and a 10.2-inch touchscreen, four-zone climate control, 10-colour ambient lighting and much more to add to the luxurious appeal.
The longer wheelbase in the new XF means that occupants in the second row sit further away from the rear wheels. This has allowed Jaguar to reduce seat height slightly, contributing to the increased headroom, which is now up to 27mm more than before. The rear bench also features a more practical 40:20:40 split while the boot lid now benefits from an optional power close function.
Engine and Gearbox
Globally the new XF range consists of XF Prestige, XF R-Sport, XF Portfolio and XF S models. These models are offered in a variety of drivetrain options including 160bhp and 180bhp, a 2-litre Ingenium diesel manual and an automatic, 300bhp, 3-litre V6 diesel automatic and a 380bhp 3-litre V6 petrol automatic.
For the Indian market, Jaguar is expected to launch this new model with the new 2-litre Ingenium diesel engine, besides the existing Ford-derived 2-litre petrol engine. There will be a V6 option, too.
When launched sometime early next year, the new Jaguar XF will go up against its German rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6. The car will be positioned in between the bigger XJ and the upcoming XE mid-size luxury sedan.