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by Bill P.
The 2016 Jaguar XF was revealed during a dramatic ‘high-wire’ water crossing in the heart of London’s business district.
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The feat took place high over the Royal Dock in London’s Canary Wharf. Expert British stunt man Jim Dowdall, veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, drove the all-new Jaguar XF 240 meters across a high-wire to demonstrate the new XF’s lightweight aluminum-intensive construction. The new XF is 176 lbs lighter than its closest competitor, resulting in best-in-class efficiency (over 70 mpg) and emissions. It will make its global debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 1st.
“The biggest test for me on this stunt was the unpredictability of the element, “Jim Dowdell says. Potential oscillation in the high-wires from wind speeds meant it added a real challenge. The wires are only 34mm in diameter so the journey required absolute precision, balance and control”.
The all-new XF brings an unrivalled blend of refinement, fuel economy, dynamics and design to the business car segment. With segment-leading figures for interior space, the all-new XF’s dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminum-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and pure lines which define all Jaguar cars, with exceptionally low aerodynamic drag. Though lighter and more efficient, XF is clearly smaller than its predecessor.
I prefer my Jaguar to be long and wide, or short and sporty. The new XF seems to be a blend of both styles.
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 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 aluminum-intensive architecture to elevate them to a completely new level. Featuring 75% aluminum, the architecture enables weight savings of up to 396 lbs over the outgoing model and an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28%.
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 116 inch wheelbase is 2 inches longer, enabling class-leading rear seat space with more legroom, knee room and headroom.
The efficiency gains inherent in the lightweight aluminum construction are complemented by the all-new XF’s refined, powerful engine range. 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 295 horsepower and a remarkable 516 lb-ft of torque. Also available is the renowned 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine with 374 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque.
The 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engines are available in 160 horsepower/ 280 lb-ft and 177 hp/317 lb-ft ratings and are offered with specially-optimized six-speed manual- and eight-speed automatic transmissions. In 163 hp manual form, the all-new XF delivers 104g/km CO2 and is the lightest, most efficient non-hybrid diesel model in the segment – 176 lbs lighter than its closest competitor.
All other engines are matched exclusively to eight-speed automatic transmissions.
The light, stiff body structure 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.
As with XE, rear-wheel drive ability is enhanced too. 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.
The cabin utilizes 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.
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.
To handle the enormous amounts of data, InControl Touch Pro features a solid-state drive and a quad-core processor, and runs on state-of-the-art, ultra-fast Ethernet – a next-generation network offering exceptional data transfer rates. Combined, they deliver incredible graphics, fast response times and truly exceptional performance.
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.
“In creating the all-new Jaguar 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 add character by leaving lines out.
“Inside too, we have been driven by the desire to ensure the cabin of the Jaguar XF 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 Jaguar XF has a clear sense of calm and strength, both outside and inside – and I’m proud of my team for delivering that,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.