Jaguar Land Rover, the Tata-owned luxury British marquee, has finally revealed the all-new 2016 Jaguar XF in a dramatic ‘high-wire’ water crossing in London’s Canary Wharf. Expert British stunt man Jim Dowdall drove the second-generation Jaguar XF 240 metres across a high-wire to demonstrate the new XF’s lightweight aluminium-intensive construction. It will make its global motor show debut in New York on 1 April.
The new XF is 80kgs lighter than its closest competitor, resulting in best-in-class fuel efficiency of over 70mpg (24.78kmpl) and and CO2 emission of 104g/km. With segment-leading figures for interior space, the all-new XF’s dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture. The 2016 Jaguar XF has exceptionally low aerodynamic drag and it boasts the new InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system and 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, inside the cabin. Jaguar XF is company's most-awarded car and hence, the all-new XF retains its predecessor’s core attributes but uses Jaguar’s advanced aluminium-intensive architecture. 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.
“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. Achieving that simplicity takes time and requires great determination; it’s all too easy to add lines to a car, but much harder to addcharacter by leaving lines out. “Inside too, we have been driven by the desire to ensure the XF’s cabin is as comforting as it is comfortable. New technology, including our new 10.2-inch touchscreen, is combined carefully with materials that cosset and reassure. The all-new XF has a clear sense of calm and strength, both outside and inside – and I’m proud of my team for delivering that.” Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar
Although, the next-generation Jaguar XF is 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the preceding model, but it's 2960mm wheelbase is 51mm longer, enabling class-leading rear seat space with more legroom, kneeroom and headroom. Under the hood, it would feature the 2.0L Ingenium diesel engines which would be available in 163PS/380Nm and 180PS/430Nm ratings. These engines would be 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 most efficient non-hybrid diesel model in the segment. It would be too early to comment on its India launch, but it is believed that the company might launch it in the country in early 2017.
All the other engines would be mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions. 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 300PS and a remarkable 700Nm of torque. Also available would be the renowned 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine with 380PS/450Nm torque. The sophisticated double wishbone and Integral Link suspension delivers the ideal balance between agility, comfort and refinement. New Jaguar XF would also feature Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), maintaining the XF’s benchmark steering feel and response. Additionally, it would have Advanced passive damper technology, Adaptive Dynamics system, All-Surface Progress Control and Jaguar Configurable Dynamics as standard on every variant.
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. InControl Touch Pro features a quad-core processor and runs on state-of-the-art, ultra-fast Ethernet. Combined, they deliver incredible graphics and fast response times. Complementing InControl Touch Pro is a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. 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.