800-feet above the water in a high-wire London river crossing!? Yessir – the 2016 XF is trying to make a splash by… not making a splash.
The subtle nose and tail are all-new for the upcoming model-year, with new LED tech for the low and high-beams plus new F-Type-shaped LED optics for the brake lights.
It is not a truly splashy makeover, but a subtle update to better fit the new design of the all-new XE compact and upcoming XJ refresh.
The biggest news, arguably, happens inside the cabin. All-new Jaguar touch-screen and 12-inch TFT display bring the XF up to date in the tech fronts, where the current nav system is a major weakness of the vehicle versus its BMW and Mercedes rivals.
Engines and drivetrains for the upcoming 2016 XF in the US market are likely to mirror the latest model: with a base turbo four, available AWD and at least two levels of more potent motors available. The supercharged six and eight-cylinder engines are likely to mirror the F-Type — which means a manual transmission might even be in the cards for this important lynchpin of the Jag lineup.
Full details are coming next week, with the car itself likely to arrive in US showrooms around November of this year as a 2016 model.
The all-new Jaguar XF: lighter and more efficient, with unrivalled refinement, dynamics and design
The all-new XF‘s aluminium-intensive architecture enables class-leading weight: 80kgs lighter than the competition*
The lowest CO2 emissions of any non-hybrid model in the segment: 104g/km
Class-leading efficiency: over 70mpg*
Elegant, progressive design combines short overhangs and outstanding proportions with exceptional aerodynamic efficiency: Cd 0.26
Segment-leading rear seat space
Powertrains from 163PS Ingenium diesel to 380PS V6 supercharged petrol
Double-wishbone and Integral Link suspension deliver exceptional ride comfort, handling and unrivalled refinement
Torque on-demand all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics delivers the optimum balance of performance and all-weather capability
Full technical and range specifications released 01 April
View and share the XF ‘high-wire’ film here: jaguar.com/newxf
View and share footage of the all-new XF here: http://youtu.be/TZB-A5HtntI
View and share Ian Callum introducing the design of the new XF here:
*Ingenium four-cylinder diesel 163PS with manual transmission
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 a full 240 metres across a high-wire to demonstrate its 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.com/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, including 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 add character 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 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine develops 240PS/340Nm, while the renowned 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine will be offered in both 340PS/450Nm and 380PS/450Nm ratings.
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.
The light, stiff body structure 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.
For select markets which demand all-wheel drive (AWD), Jaguar has engineered a new torque on-demand system. The transfer case uses a chain drive instead of gears and is lighter, quieter and more efficient.
Capability is also enhanced by the advanced control system first used in F-TYPE AWD: Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD). This delivers rear-drive handling with the performance and traction benefits of AWD.
Ability is unrivalled in rear-wheel drive form 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 00:01 BST
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