Jaguar has taken the wraps off the all-new XF saloon, the second-generation of its BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class rival.
It’s the second saloon to be spun off Jaguar Land Rover’s new aluminium-intensive architecture, after the smaller XE launched earlier this year. It also underpins the new Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The lightweight structure delivers weight savings of up to 190kg over the outgoing car and up to 80kg over the competition. As a result, Jaguar is claiming class-leading fuel economy and emissions of over 70mpg and 104g/km of Co2.
That’s with the 161bhp, 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel. A 178bhp version will also offered, both with a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Higher up the food chain is a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel motor producing 296bhp and 516lb/ft of torque and a supercharged 3.0 V6 petrol unit putting out 375bhp.
Jaguar also claims the new XF will offer best-in-class interior space, despite standing 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the incumbent iteration, a result of better packaging allowed by the new platform.
The handling should be up top Jag’s usual standards, with sophisticated double wishbone and integral link suspension and 50:50 weight distribution. The electric power steering has already seen on the XE and F-Type, where it has been cited as one of the better, more feelsome systems.
A whole raft of gadgetry will be available, including JLR’s latest infotainment system, controlled via a 10.2-inch touchscreen; 12.3-inch TFT instrument display; full LED headlights and advanced traction control that maintains forward progress in even the slipperiest conditions.
We haven’t commented on the styling yet. Though the XF is new in every detail, you wouldn’t really notice as much at a glance. The proportions and overall aesthetic are very similar to the current XF, with a lot of the smaller XE and bits of the bigger XJ mixed in.
It’s still the best-looking car in the class, but Jaguar’s designers have been extremely conservative. The interior design has moved further on, but is still very familiar.
The new Jaguar XF will make its public debut at the New York Auto Show in April. More details will be released at that time.