The XF has received its first facelift, just three years after its introduction. The main visual difference incorporated into the 2012 XF is a new front end featuring new headlamps that resemble those which appeared on the 2007 C-XF Concept as well as the 2009 XJ. However, the big news is reserved for under the bonnet, where a new 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel has been added to the range, to counter the class-leading Audi A6 2.0TDI and BMW 520d.
The new (to Jaguar) power unit pushes out 187bhp and incorporates a stop-start system. The numbers are impressive, though – 149g/km of CO2 and 52.3mpg. Four-cylinder diesels account for a 53% of sales in the XF’s market sector and Jaguar expects more than 60% of XFs sold to be the 2.2d.
The XF’s bonnet has also been reprofiled, with a more prominent power bulge, and further venting in the front bumper. The rear light clusters have also been altered, most notably filling in the ‘missing chunk’ from the original car, cleaning up the back end considerably.
Inside, the changes are more subtle, with a new steering wheel and centre console controls taking the majority of the attention, but the touch-screen has also been updated. Added safety kit includes Adaptive Cruise Control, now with Intelligent Emergency Braking – which can apply the brakes automatically to avoid or reduce an impact. There’s also high-beam assist.
Prices range from £30,950 for the 2.2d in SE trim to £65,350 for the uprated XFR.