Jaguar has taken the wraps off its all-new Jaguar XF at the New York motor show, with UK order books now open and the first deliveries taking place towards the end of this year. Prices will start from £32,300.
With the launch of the smaller Jaguar XE to compete with cars like the BMW 3 Series, the XF moves up-market to take on the BMW 5 Series.
Unusually, considering this move upmarket, the new XF is actually shorter by 7mm and lower by 3mm than the model it replaces. But the wheelbase has grown by a significant 51mm. This has enabled Jaguar to improve the rear seat space, which was more adequate than generous on the current Jaguar XF. With the new XF Jaguar claims “segment-leading for rear seat space”, with rear legroom increased by 15mm, knee-room up by 24mm and 27mm more headroom.
As well as avoiding middle age spread in its overall dimensions, Jaguar has kept weight under control. The new XF uses the same 75% aluminium architecture as the smaller XE. Compared with the current XF the new car is 190kg lighter and 30% stiffer – leading to Jaguar’s claim of class-leading weight, at 80kg less than the best of the competition.
Lighter weight and an aerodynamic efficiency of 0.26Cd combine with the efficient new Ingenium engines to produce carbon dioxide emissions of 104 g/km and a combined fuel economy of 71.7 mpg on the 2.0d 163PS model with the manual gearbox.
The exterior design has evolved, while retaining the clear family likeness to the current Jaguar XF. Perhaps the biggest change is a new design style for the interior.
“I believe the all-new XF is the best looking car in its class,” says Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar. “Elegant, handsome and with proportions that imbue a great sense of integrity – the all-new XF is true to the great tradition of sporting Jaguar saloons while being completely of its time.”
Connectivity, information and entertainment are areas where manufacturers are vying with each other to provide better and more integrated systems.
"InControl Touch Pro is the most sophisticated infotainment system we've ever developed and uses a quad-core processor, solid-state drive and Ethernet to deliver exceptional performance,” says Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director for the Jaguar XF. “The 10.2-inch touchscreen and features such as our latest Dual View technology and navigation that can learn your commute make every journey in the all-new XF even more rewarding."
As well as the ability to seamlessly connect Apple or Android smartphones when in the car, the InControl Remote App means that owners of the XF can connect to their car from anywhere they have a connection. Using this app owners can check if the alarm has been triggered and reset it. The app can also check the doors and windows are closed and locked. The app can also display how much fuel is in the tank and download mileages from business trips to help with the task of claiming expenses!
Usefully, the app can display the XF’s location on a map – handy if you have parked in a busy car park or unfamiliar city.
It seems likely that Jaguar will produce four-wheel-drive versions of the new XF at some point, but, for the moment it is available with All-Surface Progress Control, which is designed to keep the car mobile on slippery surfaces like ice and snow. The system automatically manages the brakes and throttle to maintain grip at speeds up to 30 kph.
Power units for the new Jaguar XF are the two-litre Ingenium engines in petrol and diesel forms, a twin-turbocharged 3.0 diesel and a three-litre supercharged petrol V6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission.