Jaguars all new XF Saloon â€“ So far there have been unofficial official pictures, an embargo placed on the release of official pictures that found their way into unofficial hands, general disregard of the embargo and now an official press-release without the official picturesâ€¦although we have them for you anyway.
Altogether a bit of a whirlwind and it makes you wonder if it isnâ€™t just another way of hyping the hype.
Jaguar have confirmed that it will be debuting it's new XF Saloon at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month which is great but all we really want to know is whats under the bonnet (hood if your Stateside).
Australian delivered XFâ€™s will be available with a choice of all four engines available in the XF globally. They include the XF 2.7D which will use a 2.7-litre twin-turbo diesel V6 co-developed by Franceâ€™s PSA Peugeot-Citroen. It produces 152kW at 4000rpm and 435Nm at 1900rpm and will shuffle the big cat from 0-100km/h in 8.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 229km/h, while achieving fuel consumption of 7.5L/100km.
The 3.0-litre petrol V6 option, produces 175kW at 6800 and 293kW at 4100rpm and is a tenth slower than the smaller diesel in the 0-100km/h dash (8.3 seconds) but can manage a 237km/h top speed. Predictably, fuel economy isnâ€™t its strong suit compared to the diesel with it managing an average of 10.5L/100km.
The first V8 option is a naturally aspirated 4.2-litre with 219kW/411Nm and Jaguar claim a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds in addition to a 250km/h electronically limited top speed. Fuel economy is (for a V8) quite reasonable at a claimed 11.1L/100km.
The range topper borrows the super-charged 4.2-litre V8 currently found in the XJR and Range Rover Vogue and Sport. This engine promises serious performance with 306kW at 6250rpm and 560Nm at 3500rpm and it delivers with a 0-100km/h time of 5.4 seconds while achieving a quite remarkable 12.6L/100km. There is word that an even more powerful XF-R version will become available.
All engine options use Jaguarâ€™s proven six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddles for manual gear selection (Jaguar Sequential Shift).
The XF also features Electronic Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Cornering Brake Control and Engine Drag Torque Control. If that isnâ€™t enough then Jaguar have also thrown in Understeer Logic control which decelerates the car and helps to restore grip to the front wheels when required. As with many modern cars, driver skill is not a prerequisite.
The brakes are impressively large with 326x20mm front discs fitted to the naturally aspirated models. Order the supercharged V8 and the front discs are uprated to 355x20mm.
There will be three levels of trim available, including Luxury (available with either petrol or diesel V6s), Premium Luxury (with the naturally-aspirated V8) and SV8 (with the supercharged V8). The SV8 will be the first car in its class to offer 20-inch wheels as standard with the Luxury and Premium Luxury making do with smaller 18 and 19-inch alloys.
Pricing will not be available until around November this year, unless of course it is leaked priorâ€¦ If you are interested in reading the North American press release it is available by clicking the link at the end of this article.
Does that centre console look a bit 70's...?
[Sources: Jaguar and GoAuto]
REVEALED - THE ALL-NEW 2009 JAGUAR XF
Contemporary design in an all-new Jaguar sedan
IRVINE, Calif. August 28, 2007 â€“ Jaguar is proud to announce the all-new 2009 XF - a stunning four-door Jaguar that combines the style and performance of a sports car with the refinement, space and sophistication of a luxury sedan.
Scheduled to make its world debut at the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, the new Jaguar XF is a reflection of the bold new design language that Jaguar will be using both now and in the future.
"As one of the most visually striking, technically sophisticated and driver-oriented sedan cars that Jaguar has ever produced, the XF clearly demonstrates the forward-looking focus that now defines the Jaguar brand," said Wayne Burgess, XF Senior Design Manager.
"With its dramatic styling, powerful flowing lines and a distinctive front, the new XF looks like no other Jaguar . Yet it defines the new design language the company will be adopting for all future models."
The first impression of the new XF is its visual strength. It firmly emphasizes contemporary automotive style whilst maintaining Jaguar's core values. The new XF is sporty, muscular and dynamic -- made evident in its sweeping silhouette that was inspired by the new Jaguar XK sports car. There is a powerful grille, dramatic side window graphics and, of course, strong Jaguar rear haunches. The stance of the XF gives the car a 'ready to pounce' look that suggests latent power and energy.
The contemporary design theme is continued inside the XF with an interior ambience that is enriched by wood, aluminum and leather presented in a very modern way, unlike any other car manufacturer. With its sophisticated instruments and calm interior mood lighting, the XF moves away from traditional styling to a contemporary, sporting luxury theme. This is emphasized by features such as the all-new JaguarDrive Selector TM, JaguarSense TM (an electronic control system that employs motion detecting sensors to activate certain vehicle features), unique phosphor blue interior lighting, and Bowers & Wilkins sound technology.
The new XF will be available in the US with a choice of two engines â€“ a 4.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 and a 4.2-liter supercharged V8. In naturally-aspirated form, the XF develops 300bhp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. The supercharged version uses a highly efficient rotor-type supercharger that develops 420bhp and 408 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines combine effortless performance, unrivalled character, an impeccable pedigree, and have a classic Jaguar blend of power and refinement.
All-new 2009 Jaguar XF At-A-Glance Highlights
â€¢ The XF is a four-door Jaguar that combines the style and performance of a sports car with the refinement, space and sophistication of a luxury sedan.
â€¢ The exterior styling of the XF is the first result of Jaguar's new design language in a sedan. With interior design that is the equal of the exterior in terms of crafted execution and visual excitement, the XF offers a truly contemporary, luxury environment.
â€¢ The coupe-like lines of the XF belie the amount of space inside: there is room for five adults in comfort, generous interior stowage and a trunk capacity of 17.6 cu. ft. (500 liters), plus the opportunity to fold down the rear seats and add a further 14.8 cu. ft. (420 liters).
â€¢ Jaguar craftsmanship adopts a sharp new edge on the XF. Sophisticated instrumentation, a touch-screen, modern materials and graphics complement new â€˜surprise and delightâ€™ features. Upon entry to the XF, the start button pulses, like a heartbeat. Start the engine and the JaguarDrive Selector TM rises into the palm of the hand, while rotating vents turn from their flush, 'parked' position to their functional open position.
â€¢ Improved torsional stiffness delivers refinement and dynamic performance â€“ underpinning the driver-focused yet remarkably comfortable driving experience.
â€¢ The XF will be available from launch in the U.S. with two different engines â€“ 4.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 and 4.2-liter supercharged V8 â€“ all featuring Jaguar's proven six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddles for manual gear selection (Jaguar Sequential Shift TM) .
â€¢ Key driver aids on the XF include Electronic Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Anti-lock Braking System, Dynamic Stability Control, Cornering Brake Control and Engine Drag Torque Control. And, for the first time in a Jaguar, Understeer Control Logic which decelerates the car and helps to restore grip to the front wheels when required.
â€¢ Three trim levels will be offered in the U.S. market â€“ Luxury, Premium Luxury and Supercharged levels.
â€¢ The first cars will be delivered to U.S. customers in March 2008.
â€¢ Pricing for the North American market will be announced in November 2007.
From its beginning as a manufacturer of motorcycle sidecars in 1922, Jaguar Cars has grown to become one of the worldâ€™s premier manufacturers of luxury sedans and sports cars and with that, one of the most recognized commercial brands. The company's vision is simple: To produce beautiful fast cars that are desired the world over. The company operates two manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom and is fully engaged in environmental programs, community work and brand awareness exercises such as motorsports.