2016 Jaguar XF: Exercise in elegant efficiency
As promised, the all-new 2016 Jaguar XF sedan made its first appearance as part of a dramatic over-water high-wire crossing that took place in London's Canary Wharf district prior to its debut in New York. But that high-profile entrance aside, the second generation of Jag's popular midsize 4-door has an impressive story to tell in its own right. A comprehensive remake endows the 2016 XF with a more refined design coupled with upgraded dynamics, enhanced creature comforts and improved fuel economy in virtually all models.
More attractive by design
Based on the same aluminum-intensive platform that underpins the recently introduced Jaguar XE, the new XF is over 400 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, but has 28 percent greater torsional rigidity. That stiffer foundation complements a new double-wishbone front/Integral Link rear suspension - in both standard advanced-passive-damper form and the optional Adaptive Dynamics setup. The new XF also benefits from electric power-assist steering. Like the F-Type, XF buyers will be able to opt for Jaguar Configurable Dynamics that features driver-selectable settings for the shocks, steering and shift mapping of the car's 8-speed automatic transmission.
Visually this new Jaguar reflects a focused evolution of the model it replaces, bolstering the current coupe-like character with shorter overhangs and bolder fascia treatments that give the XF greater presence. "In creating the all-new XF, as a design team we have been driven by discipline, the discipline of simplicity," noted Ian Callum, Jaguar's Director of Design. "Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose - nothing is superfluous." In addition to bolstering its curb appeal, the XF's redrawn bodywork contributes to an even lower 0.26 drag coefficient. And while its overall scale is virtually unchanged, the remake also nets nearly two more inches of wheelbase - now 102.7-inches -- a dimensional stretch Jag claims endows the car with class-leading rear seat space that includes greater amounts of head/leg/knee room.
Inside, the new Jaguar XF benefits from a similar purpose-driven evolution that complements traditional luxury touches with state-of-the-art technology. Highlighting that list is a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster first seen in the XJ sedan as well as the new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. The most advanced package of its kind ever offered by Jaguar, it features a 10.2-inch Dual View touchscreen, solid-state hard drive and operates on "ultra-fast Ethernet for exceptional data transfer rates." Audiophiles will be able to listen to their favorite program material on a 17-speaker/825-watt Meridian digital sound system.
Supercharged V6 power underhood
Final drivetrain information is pending, but the 2016 Jaguar XF is expected to launch here with the same 340-horsepower and 380-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engines found in the F-Type when it goes on sale late this year. Both engines will be backed by the aforementioned 8-speed automatic transmission whether they're sending motive force to the rear or to all four wheels. Although the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel options remain Euro-only choices for now, there is a possibility we could see the 2.0-liter in showrooms here at some point.
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