The Jaguar XF, when introduced, opened up the gates into Jaguar’s world of cars. Now with the XE holding that mantle, the XF has grown bigger and you can say, better. The new 2016 Jaguar XF, though on the same platform, is longer and lighter than its predecessor and comes with new equipment.
For the first time in any Jaguar, the headlights feature adaptive full-LED technology. They also feature the brand’s signature J-Blade LED daytime running lights, as seen in the outgoing model. As for the size, the new XF is 4,954mm long and at 2,960mm, the wheelbase is 51mm longer than before. Though 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the original XF, Jaguar says its new model is more spacious than the previous. On the outside, the near vertical fascia, shorter front overhang, longer wheelbase and the aggressive looking front and rear taillights reflect Jaguar’s new approach towards designing their cars.
Like the original XF, the highlight of the interior remains the start-up sequence bringing the car to life as the rotary gear selector rises up from the centre console and the air vents rotates into position. The cabin also features a 12.3-inch full-TFT instrument cluster and a 10.2-inch touchscreen, four-zone climate control, 10-colour ambient lighting and much more to add to the luxurious appeal.
The longer wheelbase in the new XF means that occupants in the second row sit further away from the rear wheels. This has allowed Jaguar to reduce seat height slightly, contributing to the increased headroom, which is now up to 27mm more than before while using Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture to enable weight savings of up to 190kg. The rear bench also features a more practical 40:20:40 split while the boot lid now benefits from an optional power close function.
The 2016 Jaguar XF is one of the first leaping cats in the country to get the new series of the 2.0-litre Ingenium engines. The 1999cc turbocharged four cylinder diesel engine develops 177bhp of power and 430Nm of torque while the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol develops 237bhp of power and 340Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels. The safety aspect is covered by the six airbags standard across the variants with a comprehensive stability program that includes ABS, EBD, traction control, skid control along with hill-hold function and other driving aids.
Jaguar would certainly introduce the more powerful variants of the XF like the XF S and the XF R in future with bigger and powerful engines. The XF competes with the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class, the Audi A6 and the upcoming Volvo S90.