Jaguar has announced the new XF will be priced from £32,300 when it goes on sale in the UK later this year.
The second-generation Jaguar XF, which debuted at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, may look a lot like the old car, but it is, in fact, completely new.
There’s actually a lot of the smaller XE, launched earlier this year, in the XF’s styling as well. That’s partly a result of Jag’s current styling themes, but also because the cars share the same platform.
The XF uses a larger version of Jaguar Land Rover’s new aluminium-intensive architecture, which underpins the XE and Discovery Sport, and eventually most of the JLR range.
The lightweight structure means the XF weighs up to 190kg less than before and up to 80kg less the competiton – BMW 5-Series, Mercedes E-Class and so on.
As a result, Jaguar claims economy of 71.7mpg and Co2 emissions of 104g/km are possible with the entry-level 161bhp 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, better than any other non-hybrid car in the class.
Other engine choices include a 178bhp version of the 2.0 diesel, a 296bhp, twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel and a supercharged, 375bhp 3.0 V6 petrol. Both the 2.0 diesels come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with an eight-speed auto optional.
Another advantage of the new structure is that it allows better interior packaging. Despite the car being slightly smaller all-round, there is more interior space, particularly for rear seat passengers, Jag claiming a class-leading quantity of room.
The XF has always handled well but the new car should be even better, with sophisticated integral link rear suspension, torque vectoring by braking and switchable driving modes. It also uses Jag’s new electric power steering system, widely regarded as one of the best, most communicative of such setups.
Inside, the interior is all new if, again, familiar. There’s the latest version of JLR’s infotainment system with smartphone functionality, head-up display, adaptive cruise control with queue assist and semi-autonomous parking and All-Surface Progress Control, which keeps the car moving forward no matter how slippery the road, on the gadget list.