Jaguar has unveiled the next-generation, MY16 XF ahead of its UK launch in the autumn. The new XF will be lighter, better equipped and more economical than the outgoing model, with Jaguar’s new range of Ingenium diesel engines returning up to 70mpg.
The new XF takes a number of styling cues from the Jaguar XE, with a square front, prominent air intakes, enlarged grille and an aggressive wraparound bonnet. However, the XF retains its sleek headlights and coupe-like design, while the rear of the car is uses the traditional XF shape, using a similar sloping tailgate and angular rear light clusters
Like the XE and F-Type Coupe, the new XF is constructed from mostly aluminium, which means it weighs a considerable 190kg less than the outgoing model. Torsional stiffness has been increased by 28 per cent.
The XF will use the same double-wishbone front suspension system as the F-Type, with aluminium suspension at the back, which should make it sharper in the corners with more grip and less body roll.. The XF is 7mm shorter than the old model, but will be bigger inside with a 51mm gain in wheelbase length.
Featuring rear-wheel drive, with a four-wheel version expected in 2016, the XF will be powered by Jaguar’s new range of British-built 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engines, with 163PS or 180PS. Both units will be packed with torque, with a respective 380Nm and 400Nm. Although Jaguar is keen to stress the engine’s economical benefits, with the 163PS engine emitting 104g/km of CO2 and returning as much as 70mpg. The engines will be linked to a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic gearbox,
A 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel will be available, with 300PS and a colossal 700Nm of torque, fed through an optimised eight-speed automatic gearbox. The F-Type’s 3 .0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine will be an option too, with 380PS and 450Nm of torque.
Standard equipment has been improved over the old model and the XF now gets Jaguar’s All-Surface Progress Control, which will automatically manages the brakes and throttle control to improve traction in challenging weather conditions.
The interior has been improved and packed with tech; a large 10-inch touchscreen will be fitted as standard and feature dual view technology, which will allows the driver to use the navigation, while the front seat passenger will be able to watch TV or a DVD. A smartphone app will also be available, which will allow the driver to remotely heat and cool the cabin.
There are no details on pricing yet, but expect the XF saloon to arrive in September, with an estate version following early 2016. However, in the meantime, Jaguar gave the public a first glimpse of the new XF by driving one across the Royal Victoria Dock in London’s Canary Wharf on a pair of high wires, breaking a world record in the process. AROnline readers can view the video of the dramatic stunt below.
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