Well Jaguar’s bold high wire launch of the new XF in London is over and after all the publicity smokescreen clears this is what we are left with. In all honesty the styling of the all new XF is clear to see, its an evolutionary take of what went before.
The previous generation XF managed to last as long as it did because it aged well, so how can you better it? By making the major changes to what you can’t see, that is to say the chassis and more technology.
The new XF is 80kgs lighter thanks to an aluminium-intensive architecture making it lighter than its closest competitor.
The XF is 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the car it replaces, although the wheelbase is 51mm longer, Jaguar have made sure business people have more leg and headroom in the rear.
Engines will consists of the 2.0-litre diesel available in 163PS/380Nm and 180PS/430Nm ratings and offered with specially-optimised six-speed manual- and eight-speed automatic transmissions.
In 163PS manual form, the all-new XF delivers 104g/km CO2 and is the lightest, most efficient non-hybrid diesel model in the segment – 80kg lighter than its closest competitor.
The 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel is now more efficient and refined, power is rated to 300PS and an earth shattering 700Nm of torque.
Jaguar will also offer the 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine with 380PS/450Nm torque giving it a bit of F-Type inspired performance punch.
The XF has been calibrated for a 50:50 weight distribution, the electric steering has been lifted from the F-Type and Jag says the advanced passive damper technology delivers exceptional ride comfort as standard.
The Adaptive Dynamics system determines the optimum damper settings for the driving conditions. Like all modern cars the driver can choose between a set of driving modes via the F-Type inspired Jaguar Configurable Dynamics.
And of course the interior will seek to retain the first generation’s suave sophistication, this time it feature a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster which first appeared in the current generation range rover.
In addition to a host of driver assist technologies the all new XF will be the first Jag to offer full-LED headlights.
The all new Jaguar XF will get its full and official public reveal on April 1st at the New York Auto Show where full price and spec details will be revealed.