The new XF Sportbrake returns Jaguar to the premium estate segment with a compelling combination of design, driving dynamics and advanced technologies that make it the standout performer.

The XF Sportbrake sets new standards for practicality and convenience with user-friendly features and technologies that make every trip safer, smarter and more relaxed. Its combination of space and efficiency make the Sportbrake the perfect companion for customers with active lifestyles.

With a design that retains the distinctive curves of the saloon at the front, the new XF Sportbrake embodies Jaguar’s key design DNA and incorporates an eye-catching roofline, which sets it apart from the competition. Its sleek silhouette projects a dynamic and purposeful profile that transforms the amount of space available inside.

The interior provides spacious accommodation flooded with natural light from the full-length 1.6m2 panoramic roof. Rear occupants benefit from enhanced knee room and improved headroom, while the practical loadspace can accommodate 565 litres of luggage.

“As with the XF saloon, every line on the Sportbrake serves a clear purpose, creating a fast sweeping silhouette. This gives the car a sense of speed and a very dynamic appearance. As a result, I think it looks just as sporty as the saloon, if not more so.” Said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.

The new XF Sportbrake builds on the success of the saloon and has all of the aluminium-intensive architectures that have made the XF a multi-award winner. Jaguar Land Rover’s family of innovative Ingenium powertrains equips the Sportbrake with the latest engine technologies.

The suspension set-up has been specially calibrated to reflect the demands placed on premium lifestyle estate models. The stiff and lightweight set-up gives the spacious estate Jaguar’s signature dynamics: a sports car-inspired character with agile handling and dynamic responses. Self-levelling air sprung rear suspension is fitted as standard to ensure the XF Sportbrake maintains its composure, even when fully loaded.

Jaguar’s optional Configurable Dynamics system, enables drivers to fine-tune settings for the steering, transmission and throttle. With Adaptive Dynamics dampers fitted, customers can also tune the suspension settings for a personalised driving experience.

Advanced software functions developed by Jaguar Land Rover, such as All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) and Adaptive Surface Response (ASR) put the Sportbrake’s traction in low-grip situations and cornering ability on the same level as the saloon.

The XF Sportbrake continues Jaguar’s leadership in aluminium-intensive body construction to deliver a lightweight design that is both stiffer and lighter than its predecessor. Featuring an innovative new single-piece polymer tailgate, the Sportbrake delivers a near perfect 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution providing the foundations for its exceptional handling and efficiency.

Measuring 4,955mm, the new Sportbrake is 6mm shorter than the previous model, but its wheelbase has been lengthened by 51mm to 2,960mm. This optimises rear legroom and load space and contributes to the vehicle’s refined ride quality. Aerodynamics with a slippery drag coefficient of 0.29 contributes to CO2 emissions as low as 124g/km.

Jaguar Land Rover’s range of advanced four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines provides customary Jaguar performance, efficiency and towing capacity.

The range starts with a rear-wheel drive 132kW Ingenium diesel with variable geometry turbocharging that drives like a true Jaguar and provides exceptional efficiency. The advanced powerplant delivers CO2 emissions of just 124g/km with fuel efficiency of 4.8 l/100km.

At the other end of the performance spectrum, customers can choose the 221kW 3.0 V6 diesel engine. Paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission this combination provides sports car performance with the sprint from 0-100km/h completed in 6.6 seconds.

“The XF Sportbrake is the embodiment of everything our brand stands for, bringing Jaguar design and dynamics to create vehicles that excite the senses and support active lifestyles. Its dynamic performance, desirable styling and cutting-edge technologies will introduce a new generation of drivers to Jaguar’s drive, passion and comfort.”

Jaguar has announced a range of enhancements to its F-PACE performance SUV and XF and XE sports saloons. The 2018 model year updates see the debut of Jaguar Land Rover’s latest Ingenium engines and new convenience and safety features available across all three vehicles to deliver more choice and personalisation than ever before.

ALL-NEW ENGINES

The changes broaden the appeal of all three models, with a pair of all-new four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines introduced alongside a high-output 177kW diesel powerplant.

The new 147kW (available with XE and XF) and 184kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines use Jaguar Land Rover’s low friction all-aluminium-intensive design to provide excellent thermal properties and lightweight construction for improved efficiency and enhanced vehicle dynamics. Models with the 147kW engine wear a 20t badge while 184kW derivatives are identified by 25t badging.

The diesel range is bolstered by the introduction of the 177kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin turbo Ingenium diesel. This high output 500Nm engine delivers traditional Jaguar performance without compromising running costs.

The strengthened engine has uprated pistons, crankshaft and fuel injectors and is the first four-cylinder Jaguar Land Rover engine to deploy twin turbos. Their sequential configuration boosts power at high engine speeds while improving responsiveness at low engine speeds. Jaguar F-PACE and XF models fitted with the new diesel engine wear the 25d badge.

Nick Rogers, Executive Director – Product Engineering, said: “We are committed to expanding the Ingenium powertrain family produced at our award-winning £1billion Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton as we meet current and future consumer needs.”

CUTTING-EDGE PETROL TECHNOLOGY

Jaguar Land Rover’s family of Ingenium engines have the technologies to deliver exceptional performance, efficiency and refinement while meeting the most stringent global emissions regulations.

All Ingenium engines deliver benchmark low levels of friction to optimise efficiency and refinement while the new petrol units deploy twin scroll turbos to reduce lag, optimising power output and efficiency.

Continuously Variable Valve Lift technology improves air delivery to both engines. The new 147kW and 184kW powerplants feature electrohydraulic valve control for unrivalled flexibility. This patented technology provides fully variable control of the intake valve lift for optimum efficiency, power and torque across the rev range.

In addition, cleaner combustion is ensured by a new 200bar direct injection system, which features centrally mounted injectors with optimised spray patterns to improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

In a first for Jaguar, the exhaust manifold is also integrated with the cylinder head casting. Passing coolant through the manifold considerably reduces warm-up times, when engines are at their least efficient, to enhance fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

CUSTOMISED DRIVING DYNAMICS

The 2018 model year XF and XE deliver greater scope for customers to personalise the driving experience thanks to Configurable Dynamics being offered as a standalone feature. The system allows drivers to set up the vehicle to suit their personal preference by choosing Normal or Dynamic settings for the engine, gearbox and steering. The chosen combination is activated by engaging ‘Dynamic’ mode using the chequered flag button on the central console.

Adaptive Dynamics, which allows drivers to tailor the suspension settings in addition to those for the engine, gearbox and steering, when combined with Configurable Dynamics, is available as before and provides the ultimate in dynamic personalisation.

GREATER COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Extending customer choice is a hallmark of the 2018 model year enhancements for all three vehicles, alongside comfort and convenience enhancements. The adjustable front seats in F-PACE and XF have been boosted with the addition of winged headrests. The new designs feature powered height adjustment with manual side wing supports.

Dual View technology is introduced across all three models, allowing the driver and front passenger to view different infotainment displays using the central 10-inch Touchscreen display. The clever InControl technology is available when Touch Pro is specified and allows the driver to follow satellite navigation instructions while the passenger uses the same display to view USB or TV outputs.

A revised paint palette for all three vehicles brings the colour names into line with those offered throughout the Jaguar Land Rover family, simplifying the customer ordering experience.

Jaguar takes pride in the safety of its vehicles and F-PACE, XF and XE feature a pair of new technologies.

Forward Traffic Detection, part of the surround camera system, is designed to assist when forward visibility is restricted. Using a discreet forward-facing camera in the grille, the system detects items crossing the path of the vehicle and provides a visual warning on the central screen when a potential hazard is detected.

Forward Vehicle Guidance is fitted as part of the Surround Camera System and helps drivers to place the vehicle when completing low speed manoeuvres. Working in conjunction with the front parking sensors the system provides a visual representation of the vehicle overlaid with wheel projections showing the alignment of the steering. Drivers can see the parking distance reading on the central screen, taking the stress out of tight manoeuvres.

On XE and XF models Blind Spot Assist (BSA) enhances Jaguar Land Rover’s existing Blind Spot Monitor system by using the collision warning system in tandem with the Electric Power Steering System. If BSA detects a vehicle in or approaching the blind spot when changing lanes, it will apply a gentle steering force to keep the vehicle in its lane.

BY MODEL IN DETAIL:

Jaguar F-PACE

Since its Guinness World Record breaking reveal at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, where F-PACE completed the world’s largest loop the loop, the performance SUV has become Jaguar’s fastest selling vehicle. The 2018 model year enhancements range from the introduction of more powerful, efficient and refined engines to enhanced front seats.

Visual changes include a revised colour palette and the introduction to the options list of the distinctive 15-spoke 22-inch alloy wheels originally fitted to the desirable First Edition models.

Ingenium engines

The focus of the 2018 model year enhancements is on broadening Jaguar Land Rover’s range of advanced Ingenium engines, with two new powerplants welcomed into the F-PACE line-up.

In addition, the existing 132kW four-cylinder Ingenium diesel is available with an automatic RWD transmission for the first time as part of the 2018 Model Year enhancements, delivering CO2 emissions of 134g/km and combined fuel economy of 5.1l/100km.

Customers looking for improved diesel performance will be able to choose a new high output 177kW Ingenium engine for the first time. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine’s twin turbo set-up promises more performance at high engine speeds without compromising responses at low revs. The 25d badged AWD variant is available with Jaguar’s acclaimed eight-speed automatic gearbox – a combination that delivers CO2 emissions of 153g/km, fuel economy of 5.8l/100km and 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds.

The new 184kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine is available with an automatic transmission and both RWD and AWD drivetrains. It has single twin-scroll turbo and produces 365Nm of torque from only 1,200rpm. The smooth and responsive petrol engine powers F-PACE from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds and produces CO2 emissions of 163g/km in RWD configuration, returning fuel economy of 7.1l/100km.

Choice, comfort and convenience

Interior changes put the emphasis on enhanced choice, comfort and convenience. A new Light Oyster / Ebony interior option gives the premium cabin a purposeful appearance and all Prestige and Portfolio models feature the Sport steering wheel as standard. Customers who choose the automatic transmission also benefit from twin covered cup holders on the centre console, giving the interior a cleaner, less cluttered appearance.

Flagship Portfolio derivatives feature enhanced front seats with powered headrest height adjustment and manually adjustable winged headrests providing supreme comfort and simplicity. In addition, Jaguar’s Dual View screen technology provides further convenience to driver and passengers.

In common with the XF and XE sports saloons, 2018 model year F-PACE features the very latest safety technologies with the addition of Forward Traffic Detection and Forward Vehicle Guidance.

JAGUAR XF

The 2018 Model Year XF sports saloon introduces three new powerplants, including 147kW and 184kW derivatives of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine for the first time. 

The 147kW derivative is available with an automatic RWD powertrain, blending traditional Jaguar performance with excellent efficiency. The new engine powers XF from 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds and returns fuel economy of 6.8l/100km, with CO2 emissions of 154g/km. 

The potent 184kW unit is available with an automatic RWD drivetrain. This model matches the efficiency of the 147kW engine yet accelerates from 0-100km/h in only 6.6 seconds. 

Alongside the existing 132kW version of Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine, customers will also be able to choose the new 177kW powerplant. The powerful new derivative combines fuel economy of 5.3l/100km with CO2 emissions of 139g/km. The twin turbo configuration delivers new levels of diesel performance with the 0-100km/h sprint completed in a sporty 6.5 seconds.

Art of Performance

Alongside the new engine options, Jaguar XF features Configurable Dynamics as a standalone feature for the first time. The system is fitted to automatic models specified without Adaptive Suspension and provides a Factory setting plus a choice of Normal or Dynamic modes for the steering, engine and gearbox.**

Adaptive Dynamics with configurable dynamics is available on vehicles fitted with Adaptive Suspension. It also allows drivers to adjust the ride comfort and handling responses to suit the driving conditions or personal preference. In addition, when Touch Pro infotainment is specified customers benefit from Dynamic-i, which adds a stopwatch, g-meter readout and accelerator and braking graphics to the central touchscreen display, allowing the driver and front passenger to monitor every aspect of the vehicle’s performance.

Comfort and convenience 

With its generous 540-litre luggage area, XF is a practical sports saloon and the addition of the new Gesture Boot Lid function for 2018 model year makes loading and unloading even more convenient. 

This handy feature is available on vehicles with keyless entry and rear parking aid and allows customers to open and close the boot simply by waving a foot under either side of the rear bumper. Sensors detect the movement and trigger the boot opening, making it possible to load the boot easily when carrying items in both hands. The driver is also able to then close the boot in the same way.

Comfort gets a boost in the shape of enhanced driver and front passenger seats with new 20 way Luxury seating. This incorporates power headrests with side wing supports. Meanwhile, Dual View technology brings new functionality to the infotainment system.

Jaguar XF’s five-star Euro NCAP rating has been augmented with a trio of new features in the form of Blind Spot Assist, Forward Traffic Detection and Forward Vehicle Guidance. The additional safety technologies maintain the sport saloon’s position as one of the safest cars on the road. 

JAGUAR XE

The award-winning Jaguar XE benefits from a host of enhancements. The Ingenium petrol family expands in XE with 147kW RWD automatic and 184kW RWD automatic derivatives.

The 147kW engine produces 320Nm of torque and powers XE from 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds with combined fuel economy of 6.3l/100km and CO2 emissions of 144g/km. The more powerful 184kW model delivers identical fuel economy and tailpipe emissions but sprints from 0-100km/h in only 6.3 seconds. 

Customers looking for even more dynamic performance can take advantage of the upgraded XE S model. Its thrilling 3.0-litre V6 engine is shared with the F-TYPE sport car and sees power raised from 250kW to 280kW for improved performance and refinement. 

In common with the XF sports saloon, XE is now available with Configurable Dynamics as a standalone feature, providing even greater scope for driver customisation.

Adaptive Dynamics, which also provides personalisation of the suspension settings, is currently available on automatic 132kW and 250kW models but will be available on vehicles powered by the new 147kW and 184kW 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engines. When Touch Pro infotainment is fitted in conjunction with Adaptive Dynamics, customers benefit from Dynamic-i, which adds a stopwatch, g-meter readout and accelerator and braking graphics to the central touchscreen display. 

Convenience and safety

Living with the XE has never been easier thanks to a host of convenience enhancements. A Gesture Boot Lid makes it possible for customers to open the boot with a simple wave of the foot beneath the rear bumper, taking the stress out of loading and unloading luggage. 

The availability of a 12.3-inch TFT virtual instrument cluster provides greater clarity for drivers when specifying Touch Pro infotainment. With four distinct visual themes to choose from, the large display makes it possible to view full-screen navigation mapping, reducing the stress of driving in unfamiliar surroundings. Meanwhile, Dual View technology brings additional versatility to the 10-inch Touchscreen display on the central console by allowing the driver and front passenger to view different information using the same display. 

The XE sports saloon was judged to be the safest large family car by Euro NCAP when it was tested in 2016 thanks to its excellent occupant protection and pedestrian protection technology. Jaguar has enhanced its comprehensive suite of safety kit with the addition of Blind Spot Assist, Forward Vehicle Guidance and Forward Traffic Detection technologies. 

The pedestrian safety bar is raised further on XE by Jaguar’s advanced Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which provides superior functionality with the introduction of Pedestrian Detection. The system operates from 5-60km/h and uses a forward facing camera to detect hazards, automatically applying the brakes when the risk of a collision is detected. The state-of-the-art safety aid is able to identify pedestrians standing over 1m tall in the path of the vehicle.

Jaguar Australia has announced the pricing for the all-new Jaguar XF which will start at $82 800 for the XF Prestige 20d. The all-new Jaguar XF brings an unrivalled blend of design, luxury, refinement and efficiency to lead the business car segment. The dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and perfect lines which define all Jaguar cars, with a longer wheelbase, more interior space and exceptionally low aerodynamic drag.

The cabin is a seamless blend of contemporary luxury materials and finishes, traditional Jaguar craftsmanship and state-of-the art technology, with features such as a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, laser head-up display and the

InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system

“I believe the all-new XF is the best looking car in its class. 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.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The 2007 XF was a radical step forward for Jaguar – and for the business car segment. Combining a sleek, coupé-like exterior and a luxurious interior, it set the class benchmark for aesthetics and driving dynamics. Features such as the rotary shift controller, rotating air vents and phosphor blue ambient lighting set the cabin apart from the competition and made the XF a highly desirable, aspirational vehicle. It was like nothing Jaguar had ever made before, and like nothing the competition could offer. The XF went on to become the most awarded Jaguar ever.

The all-new XF retains its predecessor’s core attributes but uses Jaguar’s aluminiumintensive architecture to elevate them to a completely new level. It enables weight savings of up to 190kg and an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28 per cent. The architecture also delivers dramatic improvements in packaging and the proportions so essential to Jaguar design. The all-new XF is 4,954mm long: at 2,960 the wheelbase is 51mm longer than before, the front overhang 66mm shorter. Though 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the original XF, rear seat space is class-leading thanks to 15mm more legroom, 24mm more knee room and up to 27mm more headroom than before.

The light, stiff body is also fundamental to the all-new XF’s superb vehicle dynamics. Double wishbone front suspension and Integral Link rear suspension – combined with near-50:50 weight distribution – deliver the ideal balance between ride and handling.

“From an engineering perspective, our targets with the all-new XF were bound by one holistic goal – it had to do everything better, and it does. It offers even better dynamics, even greater refinement for the comfort of its occupants, it delivers an all-new infotainment system, and it utilises every last mm of packaging to maximise interior space, while exploiting all the weight-saving optimisation offered by our new aluminium-intensive architecture. As a driver you will notice these benefits from the moment you sit behind the wheel, and as a passenger." said Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XF

Adopting Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) maintains Jaguar’s leadership in steering feel but also reduces fuel consumption by up to two per cent and three per cent for diesel and petrol models respectively. EPAS also enables functions such as camber compensation and advanced driver assistance systems including lane-keep assist, driver condition monitoring and bay- and parallel park-assist. Advanced passive damper technology delivers exceptional ride quality as standard through an extra valve which reduces damping forces at low speeds. 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. All-Surface Progress Control, developed for low-speed driving in adverse conditions, automatically manages the brakes and the throttle to deliver the best possible traction, enabling the car to pull away smoothly and without drama: the driver only has to steer. ASPC operates between 3.6km/h and 30km/h, and the desired speed is set by the driver using the cruise control switches.

Infotainment and connectivity is the most advanced Jaguar has ever offered. The all new InControl Touch Pro system builds on the intuitive user interface of InControl Touch, and supports all the same features – but offers a 10.2-inch touchscreen and Dual View technology which simultaneously allows the driver to see information such as navigation, while the front seat passenger watches TV or a DVD. To enrich the experience there’s also natural voice control, supporting commands such as ‘more like this’ for track selection, and 10GB of the 60GB solid-state drive is dedicated to media storage, enabling Gracenote album art to be displayed. Audio systems include the exceptional 17-speaker, 825W Meridian digital surround sound system.

To minimise driver distraction the all-new XF offers a colour laser head-up display. Compared to competitor systems, this technology is smaller, lighter, and generates high contrast images which are easier to read in strong sunlight. Stereo camera technology enables autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist systems. Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist takes the stress out of motorway driving in stop-go traffic by tracking the vehicle in front, at a safe distance.

The all-new XF is also the first Jaguar to offer adaptive full-LED headlights. Featuring two banks of LEDs and reflectors – one for dipped beam, the other for main beam – they generate light with a colour temperature closer to that of daylight than is achievable with Xenon lights, delivering better illumination. At the same time, energy consumption is reduced. So efficient are they that, unlike first-generation designs, cooling fans are not needed. If the high-beam assist function is specified, the stereo camera will detect other vehicles in the distance, and the headlights will be dipped automatically as necessary to avoid dazzling other drivers.

Range summary

The all-new XF range will consist of: XF Prestige, XF R-Sport, XF Portfolio, XF S. The all-new XF powertrain range will consist of: 132kW 2.0-litre diesel automatic;177kW 2.0 petrol automatic; 220kW diesel automatic; 250kW and 280kW 3.0-litre petrol automatic. Following a £416million investment, the all-new aluminium-intensive Jaguar XF is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant alongside the allaluminium F-TYPE sports car and XJ luxury saloon. The all-new XF joins the Jaguar saloon car range between the XE and XJ model lines.

“The XF nameplate sits at the very heart of Jaguar; the original XF was revolutionary for the brand, and now the all-new aluminium XF represents another innovative stepchange within the business segment. Lighter and more efficient, with enhanced space, a greater breadth of powertrains, unrivalled dynamics and refinement and, of course, world-leading design, the all-new XF offers customers a compelling package.”
Steven de Ploey, Brand Director, Jaguar

Model Range - Australia

  • XF Prestige 20d (132kW 2.0 Ingenium Diesel) $ 82 800
  • XF Portfolio 25t (177kW 2.0 Petrol) $ 97 800
  • XF Portfolio 35t (250kW V6SC Petrol) $112 800
  • XF R-Sport 20d (132kW 2.0 Ingenium Diesel) $ 88 800
  • XF R-Sport 25t (177kW 2.0 Petrol) $ 89 800
  • XF R-Sport 35t (250kW 3.0 V6SC Petrol) $104 800
  • XF S (221kW 3.0 V6 Diesel) $120 700
  • XF S (280kW 3.0 V6SC Petrol) $128 200

The all-new XF Prestige 20d includes the following standard specification -

  • 18” 5-spoke alloy wheels
  • Taurus Leather seats (**10x10-way electric front seats w/- 4-way electric lumbar)
  • **Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Exterior mirrors - **Power-folding, auto-dimming
  • Xenon headlamps with signature DRL
  • **Memory (mirrors, steering column, driver seat)
  • Gloss Black veneer
  • Auto dimming interior mirror
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Interior mood lighting
  • **8” capacitive touchscreen
  • **380W Meridian sound system w/- 11 speakers + Sub-woofer)
  • **InControl touch SD Navigation
  • Front & rear parking aids
  • Rear camera
  • **Lane Departure Warning
  • **Autonomous emergency braking
  • Keyless start and entry
  • **Park assist – parallel & bay, with parking exit

**Specification over and above 15MY XF 2.2 Premium Luxury (RRP $76,500)

My Drive this week was the Jaguar XF luxury sedan. If you love Jags, well, this car is essentially the easiest way to get into the range, with XF sedans available from just under 70,000 dollars retail. This facelifted model has been on the market for three years now and we’re likely to see another update later on in the year, but the current model available right now is no slouch at all. It’s a beautiful car, with smooth lines flowing throughout the design from front to back. The headlight style was flattened out versus the previous model, with an assertive front face and rectangular grille rounding out the design up forward. The classy look continues down the back, with a long, thick line of chrome flanked by large red taillights. The shark fin antenna up top compliments the look.

Jumping inside reveals the full luxury roots of the XF. The materials used here are just what you’d expect, with soft-touch surfaces throughout in different forms depending on the variant. Inexpensive options will come with a combination of leather and suede-style cloth upholstery, while more premium ones get liberal doses of leather across the car. The seats are extremely supportive, soft and comfortable. Even after a long drive in the car, I just didn’t want to get out. There’s also a decent amount of rear leg room, and the seats are angled back nicely so you can relax and enjoy the drive.

The variant type will also decide what dashboard and other trims you’ll get, but they’re all a combination of an aluminium and wood look. The air conditioning vents rotate and fold away flush into the dashboard by themselves when you’re not using the climate control air conditioning, while the gearshift – or rotating gearknob should I say – is flush with the centre tunnel until you turn the car on, when it slowly rises out of the tunnel, ready to do your bidding.

There’s quite a few different powertrain options available with the XF, but my test drive was a car with the three litre V6 turbo diesel engine. It produces 202 kilowatts of power and a huge 600 Newton-metres of torque, mated to an eight speed automatic gearbox by transmission specialist ZF. Torque is sent to the rear wheels and boy is there a lot of it. It might not be at maximum level off the line, but it’s still reasonably responsive until you get to 2000 RPM, when the XF nails you in your seat and rumbles towards motorway speeds. The diesel rumble is very refined; perceptible in the background but flattened out and controlled very well. What makes you notice the rumble however is the idle stop/start functionality, which makes the Jag whisper quiet when it’s stopped. It comes back to life the moment you take your foot off the accelerator though, so it’s ready to go anytime.

The eight speed gearbox is a smooth shifter, and it also has a manual mode controlled by paddle shifters on the steering wheel. In practice though I was happy to leave it on auto, as the high number of gears and low shift point of diesel engines meant far more upshift clicks than I could be bothered to make. Call me lazy, I’m sorry.

I’d rather worry about handling the car, because the XF’s handling was simply beautiful. It’s poised, it’s focused, and it’s sharp. Despite the size and 1.7 tonne weight, the XF will go wherever you send it, going around corners with confidence and ease. It stops sharply too, thanks to large vented disk brakes on the front and back.

The XF is very well equipped, with standard features including bi-xenon HID headlamps, rain sensing wipers, heated power mirrors and dual-zone climate control air conditioning. There’s also electronic steering wheel adjustment, an electric parking brake, satellite navigation and a 250 watt sound system that sounded simply awesome. There’s quite a few options as well, including DAB digital radio, DVB digital TV, adaptive cruise control and heated front seats.

The Jaguar XF with three litre diesel engine can be had from a hair over $91,100 dollars plus on-road costs. A beautiful, refined and powerful car that doesn’t break the bank with a Jag badge on it. Not bad at all! That’s it for me this week.

August 22nd 2015
Albert Malik

The new Jaguar XF today made its global motor show debut in New York. Formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture, the new XF will bring an unrivalled blend of design, luxury, technology, dynamic capability and efficiency to the business car segment. Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “I believe the all-new XF is the best looking car in its class. Elegant, handsome and with proportions that imbue a great sense of integrity – the new XF is true to the great tradition of sporting Jaguar saloons while being completely of its time.”

The new XF’s dynamic, coupé-like design combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and perfect lines which define all Jaguar cars, with a longer wheelbase, more interior space and exceptionally low aerodynamic drag. The new XF range will consist of: XF Prestige, XF R-Sport, XF Portfolio, XF S. The powertrain range will consist of: 132kW 2.0-litre diesel automatic; 177kW 2.0-litre petrol automatic; 221kW diesel automatic; 250kW and 280kW 3.0-litre petrol automatic. Manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant, the  new XF joins the Jaguar saloon car range between the XE and XJ model lines.

  • The new Jaguar XF: lighter, more efficient and packed with technology
  • Unrivalled refinement, dynamics and design
  • Aluminium-intensive architecture enables class leading weight: 80kg lighter than the competition*
  • Elegant, progressive design combines short overhangs and outstanding proportions with exceptional aerodynamic efficiency: Cd 0.26
  • Segment-leading for rear seat space: row-two occupants gain 15mm more legroom, 24mm more kneeroom and up to 27mm more headroom
  • 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
  • Reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster features four visual themes and full-screen navigation display
  • Powertrains from 132kW Ingenium diesel to 250kW V6 supercharged petrol and eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Double-wishbone and Integral Link suspension deliver exceptional ride comfort, handling, and unrivalled refinement
  • 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
  • The new XF offers 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

The new Jaguar XF brings an unrivalled blend of design, luxury, technology and efficiency to lead the business car segment, underpinned by class-leading driving dynamics and refinement. The dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and perfect lines which define all Jaguar cars, with a longer wheelbase, more interior space and exceptionally low aerodynamic drag. The cabin is a seamless blend of contemporary luxury materials and finishes, traditional Jaguar craftsmanship and state-of-the art technology, with features such as a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, laser head-up display and the InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system – the new XF is the most connected Jaguar ever. The 2007 XF was a radical step forward for Jaguar – and for the business car segment. Combining a sleek, coupé-like exterior and a luxurious interior, it set the class benchmark for aesthetics and driving dynamics.

Features such as the rotary shift controller, rotating air vents and phosphor blue ambient lighting set the cabin apart from the competition and made the XF a highly desirable, aspirational vehicle. It was like nothing Jaguar had ever made before, and like nothing the competition could offer. The XF went on to become the most-awarded Jaguar ever. The new XF retains its predecessor’s core attributes, but uses Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture to enable weight savings of up to 190kg, plus an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28 per cent. The architecture also delivers dramatic improvements in packaging and the proportions so essential to Jaguar design. The new XF is 4,954mm long: at 2,960 the wheelbase is 51mm longer than before, the front overhang 66mm shorter. Though 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the original XF, rear seat space is class-leading thanks to 15mm more legroom, 24mm more kneeroom and up to 27mm more headroom than before. Aerodynamics are also superior: the drag coefficient drops from 0.29 to just 0.26.

The light, stiff body is also fundamental to the new XF’s superb vehicle dynamics. Double wishbone front suspension and Integral Link rear suspension – combined with near-50:50 weight distribution – deliver the ideal balance between ride and handling.

Adopting Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) maintains Jaguar’s leadership in steering feel but also reduces fuel consumption by up to two per cent and three per cent for diesel and petrol models respectively. EPAS also enables functions such as camber compensation and advanced driver assistance systems including lane-keep assist, driver condition monitoring and bay- and parallel park-assist. Advanced passive damper technology delivers exceptional ride quality as standard through an extra valve which reduces damping forces at low speeds. 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.

All-Surface Progress Control, developed for low-speed driving in adverse conditions, automatically manages the brakes and the throttle to deliver the best possible traction, enabling the car to pull away smoothly and without drama: the driver only has to steer. ASPC operates between 3.6km/h and 30km/h, and the desired speed is set by the driver using the cruise control switches. Infotainment and connectivity is the most advanced Jaguar has ever offered. The new InControl Touch Pro system builds on the intuitive user interface of InControl Touch, and supports all the same – but offers a 10.2-inch touchscreen and Dual View technology which simultaneously allows the driver to see information such as navigation, while the front seat passenger watches TV or a DVD. To enrich the experience there’s also natural voice control, supporting commands such as ‘more like this’ for track selection, and 10GB of the 60GB solid-state drive is dedicated to media storage, enabling Gracenote album art to be displayed. Audio systems include the exceptional 17-speaker, 825W Meridian digital surround sound system.

To minimise driver distraction the new XF offers a colour laser head-up display. Compared to competitor systems, this technology is smaller, lighter, and generates high contrast images which are easier to read in strong sunlight. Stereo camera technology enables autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist systems. Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist takes the stress out of motorway driving in stop-go traffic by tracking the vehicle in front, at a safe distance. The new XF is also the first Jaguar to offer adaptive full-LED headlights. Featuring two banks of LEDs and reflectors – one for dipped beam, the other for main beam – they generate light with a colour temperature closer to that of daylight than is achievable with Xenon lights, delivering better illumination. At the same time, energy consumption is reduced. So efficient are they that, unlike first-generation designs, cooling fans are not needed. If the high-beam assist function is specified, the stereo camera will detect other vehicles in the distance, and the headlights will be dipped automatically as necessary to avoid dazzling other drivers.

The new XF range will consist of: XF Prestige, XF R-Sport, XF Portfolio, XF S. The powertrain range will consist of: 132kW 2.0-litre diesel, 177kW 2.0-litre petrol, 221kW 3.0-litre diesel; 250kW and 280kW 3.0-litre petrol automatic. Manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant, the new XF joins the Jaguar saloon car range between the XE and XJ model lines.

The all-new Jaguar XF has been revealed during a dramatic ‘high-wire’ water crossing in the heart of London’s business district. Expert British stunt man Jim Dowdell, veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, drove the all-new Jaguar XF 240 metres across a high-wire to demonstrate the new XF’s lightweight aluminium-intensive construction. The new XF is 80kgs lighter than its closest competitor. The feat took place high over the Royal Dock in London’s Canary Wharf. The all-new XF brings an unrivalled blend of refinement, fuel economy, dynamics and design to the business car segment. It will make its global motor show debut in New York on 1 April. With segment-leading figures for interior space, the all-new XF’s dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and pure lines which define all Jaguar cars, with exceptionally low aerodynamic drag.

The cabin utilises a seamless blend of contemporary luxury materials and finishes, traditional Jaguar craftsmanship and state-of-the art technology. With features such as the new InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system and 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. The original XF’s sleek exterior and luxurious interior made it a desirable, aspirational vehicle. Combined with benchmark driving dynamics, the XF was like nothing the else in the segment and has gone on to become Jaguar’s most-awarded car. The all-new XF retains its predecessor’s core attributes but uses Jaguar’s advanced aluminium-intensive architecture to elevate them to a completely new level. Featuring 75 per cent aluminium, the architecture enables weight savings of up to 190kg over the outgoing model and an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28 per cent. The architecture also delivers dramatic improvements in packaging and the proportions so essential to Jaguar design. Though 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the car it replaces, the all-new XF’s 2,960mm wheelbase is 51mm longer, enabling class-leading rear seat space with more legroom, kneeroom and headroom.

The efficiency gains inherent in the lightweight aluminium construction are complemented by the all-new XF’s refined, powerful engine range. The 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine produces 132kW/430Nm and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine develops up to 177kW/340Nm, while the renowned 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine will be offered in both 250kW/450Nm and 280kW/450Nm ratings. The 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel benefits from a host of advanced technologies which boost efficiency and refinement still further, and raise output to 221kW and a remarkable 700Nm of torque. The light, stiff bodystructure is also fundamental to the all-new XF’s superb vehicle dynamics. The sophisticated double wishbone and Integral Link suspension – combined with near-50:50 weight distribution – delivers the ideal balance between agility, comfort and refinement.

Incorporating all of the learning from F-TYPE and XE, the meticulously-tuned Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) maintains the XF’s benchmark steering feel and response – and contributes to the all-new XF’s outstanding fuel economy. Advanced passive damper technology delivers exceptional ride comfort as standard, but for even better control the Adaptive Dynamics system determines the optimum damper settings for the driving conditions. Jaguar Configurable Dynamics, first developed for F-TYPE, provides the ultimate in control and enables the driver to individually tailor settings of the dampers, steering, engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. All-Surface Progress Control, developed for low-speed driving in adverse conditions, automatically manages the brakes and the throttle to deliver the best possible traction, enabling the car to pull away smoothly and without drama: the driver only has to steer. Infotainment is the most advanced Jaguar has ever offered. The all-new InControl Touch Pro system features a 10.2-inch touchscreen and Dual View technology which simultaneously allows the driver to see information such as navigation, while the front seat passenger watches TV or a DVD.

To handle the enormous amounts of data, InControl Touch Pro features a solid-state drive and a quad-core processor. Complementing InControl Touch Pro is a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. Jaguar Land Rover pioneered this technology with the XJ and Range Rover and is now bringing it to the business car segment. To make every journey safer and even more relaxing, the all-new XF offers a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems, and is also the first Jaguar to offer full-LED headlights. The all-new aluminium-intensive Jaguar XF will be manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant alongside the all-aluminium F-TYPE and XJ.

Full technical details, images and film of the all-new XF will be available on 01 April.

The all new Jaguar XF will make an extraordinary journey across London on 24 March, one week ahead of its public motor show debut in New York. Jaguar have teamed up with expert British stuntman Jim Dowdell, veteran of dramatic action stunts in movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, to perform a world first high-wire water crossing in the all-new Jaguar XF. The dramatic drive, across two 34mm-diameter wires suspended high above water, will highlight the lightweight and agile credentials of the new XF and will be streamed globally on jaguar.com/newxf at 19:00 GMT on 24 March (8:00am AEDT 25th March 2015).

XF was first launched in 2007 and is Jaguar’s biggest selling and most awarded car. The next generation XF is completely new from the ground up and will be the second Jaguar model to use the brand’s advanced aluminium-intensive architecture. The all-new XF will set new business segment benchmarks for weight and efficiency, resulting in class leading fuel economy figures of over 70mpg. Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “I believe the all-new XF will be the best looking car in its class. Elegant, handsome and with proportions that imbue a great sense of integrity – the all-new XF will be true to the strong tradition of sporting Jaguar saloons while being completely of its time.”

The sophisticated all-new XF will offer exceptional levels of technology, refinement, luxury and comfort. The all-new XF will make its global motor show debut in New York on 01 April when the full range and technical details underlining its class-leading credentials will be released in addition to further images/films.