Codenamed X250, the XF was originally planned as an aluminium monocoque, like the current XJ. However, Jaguar needed the car on the market as quickly as possible, and so it continues with a steel body featuring some aluminium panels.
To save cash and time, Jaguar has overhauled the old S-type’s DEW98 platform, a Lincoln hand-me-down that took some serious mid-life re-engineering to make competitive with BMW and Mercedes. As a result, the new S-type hit the market 18 months earlier than if Jaguar had taken the all-aluminium route. Changes for the XF included a new rear suspension design, and as this packaging mule shows, more steel between the wheels to boost rear accommodation.
From retro to flamboyant…
Moving to the XF
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