Jaguar has just launched a new XF, and judging from the images here, it is a well-balanced four wheeled beauty. According to Ian Callum,Director of Design at Jaguar, this Jag will be the best looking car in its class, and, as a classic Jaguar owner myself, who am I to disagree…
Its proportions breathe a great integrity, and this is again a pure Jaguar, true to the great tradition of sporting Jaguar saloons, whilst harbouring the latest state-of-the art technologies of today.
We just bring you here the most important facts about this car, and of course we are very keen to get more acquainted with this XF soon…
Hans Knol ten Bensel
We are especially fond of its coupe-like styling, and are pleased to hear that the wheelbase has been made longer, that the interior space has been further increased; Especially at the rear: row-two occupants gain 15mm more legroom, 24mm more kneeroom and up to 27mm more headroom
Its aerodynamics have also still been further improved. It is now down to a Cd of 0,26.
But there is more, and we just mention here the most salient points: its aluminium-intensive architecture enables class leading weight: the XF is some 80kg lighter on average than most cars in its class.
All-new 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system - InControl Touch Pro - offers door-to-door navigation, seamless iOS and Android connectivity, and 17-speaker, 825W Meridian digital surround sound.
The cabin is a blend of contemporary luxury materials and finishes, traditional Jaguar craftsmanship and state-of-the art technology.
Then, for us instrument buffs, there is a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, which features not less than four visual themes and full-screen navigation display.
Powertrains are ranging from 163PS Ingenium diesel and six-speed manual to 380PS V6 supercharged petrol and eight-speed automatic transmission.
Superb handling and driving experience…
Of course, steering a Jag is a unique experience, and this new XF now takes this further to a higher level.
Double-wishbone and Integral Link suspension deliver exceptional ride comfort, handling, and the typical Jaguar, unrivalled ride refinement and smoothness.
For even better control the Adaptive Dynamics system monitors body movement 100 times a second and wheel movement 500 times a second to determine the optimum damper settings for the driving conditions.
Jaguar Configurable Dynamics technology, optional on all V6 models, provides the ultimate in control and enables the driver to individually tailor settings of the dampers, steering, engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
Bad weather or road conditions won’t spoil the fun either: all-Surface Progress Control enables smooth, effortless drive-away on low-friction surfaces such as snow and ice - all the driver has to do is steer…
Torque on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics delivers an optimum balance of performance and all-weather capability.
The “Adaptive Surface Response” mode for Jaguar Drive Control distinguishes between different types of surface for even more assured AWD traction. Here is where Land Rover experience tells, and it finds also its way in Jaguars, understandably.Leveraging Jaguar Land Rover's unrivalled expertise, AdSR adapts the mapping of the engine, transmission, steering and Dynamic Stability Control to make the vehicle even more composed in low-grip conditions.
The all-new XF offers – noblesse oblige - a host of additional technology including full-LED headlights, a laser head-up display which delivers high-contrast colour images, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with queue-assist, lane keep-assist, intelligent speed limiter and semi-automated parking.
We just show you some photos here, and of course we will come back on this attractive XF when we will see the car in the flesh and have it for a first drive…
The all-new XF range will consist of: XF Pure/ SE, XF Prestige, XF R-Sport, XF Portfolio, XF S.
Last but not least, we mention here that the XF will be available in Belgium from October this year and prices will start at € 40.350.
Hans Knol ten Bensel