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 Dowdall, veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, drove the 2016 Jaguar XF 240 metres across a high-wire to demonstrate the new XF’s lightweight aluminium-intensive construction.
Jaguar claims the new XF is 80kgs lighter than its closest competitor, resulting in best-in-class efficiency of just 4.0L/100km for the range’s most frugal model.
The all-new XF will make its global debut at the New York Auto Show on 1 April, bringing a new level of refinement, fuel economy, dynamics and design to the premium mid-size sedan segment.
The Jaguar XF’s dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s new aluminium-intensive architecture, first debut in the smaller Jaguar XE. It combines outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and pure lines with low aerodynamic drag.
The redesigned cabin blends contemporary luxury materials and finishes, with new features such as the InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system and 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster.
“In creating the all-new XF, as a design team we have been driven by discipline, the discipline of simplicity. Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose – nothing is superfluous,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar. “Achieving that simplicity takes time and requires great determination; it’s all too easy to add lines to a car, but much harder to add character by leaving lines out.”
The new XF’s lightweight construction sees the use of 75 percent aluminium in its structure, resulting in weight savings of up to 190kg over the outgoing model and an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28 percent, as well as near-50:50 weight distribution.
Measuring 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the car it replaces, the all-new XF’s 2,960mm wheelbase is 51mm longer, enabling 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 engine range.
The 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engines are available in 120kW/380Nm and 132kW/430Nm ratings and are offered with specially-optimised six-speed manual- and eight-speed automatic transmissions.
All other engines are matched exclusively to eight-speed automatic transmissions. The 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel benefits from a host of advanced fuel-saving technologies, with output raised to 220kW and a remarkable 700Nm of torque.
Also available is the brand’s renowned 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine with 279kW/450Nm.
Infotainment and connectivity 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.
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.