As expected, the big new sedan introduces a faithful evolution of its predecessor’s lines, while building on the styling of its all-new XE companion.
The new XF’s face is dominated by Jaguar’s familiar wide-open grille design, flanked by large intakes and the latest take on those wave-like headlights that first appeared with the original XF concept in 2007.
A rippled, muscular bonnet reaches back to the long A-pillars, flowing through the coupe-like roofline to a short rear deck and integrated boot lip.
The new XF’s profile is again a quiet affair, restricted to a subtle character line through the top of the doors and a second sharper line along the bottom sill.
A short third line in the front door terminates in a chrome-framed gill behind the tall front wheel arch.
Below the boot lip at the rear runs a long chrome grip and garnish that extends into the long tail-lights, which combine elements of the previous XF’s lamps with an internal LED design inspired by the new F-Type sports car.
"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,” Jaguar design boss Ian Callum said.
“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, the new XF gets a broad Range Rover-like dash design, its angular forms dominated by a large 10.2 inch centre display sitting proud above conventional HVAC controls and the familiar rotary gear selector.
Jaguar's InControl infotainment system is featured in the centre display, and a larger 12.3 inch colour display acts as the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.
Underpinning the large new XF is the same new iQ[AI] platform that holds up the midsized XE.
The new XF is overall 7mm shorter than its predecessor, but, as these photos show, its 2960mm wheelbase is a noteable 51mm longer than the old model and 125mm longer than the XE’s base.
Jaguar says its new XF will boast “class-leading rear seat space, with more leg room, knee room and head room”.
Likewise, rear storage capacity has grown to 540 litres, matching the 5 Series.
Around 75 percent of the new XF’s architecture is made from aluminium and, depending on the model, Jaguar claims a near 50/50 weight distribution - thanks largely to the platform holding most of its steel elements at the rear.
Overall weight has reduced by as much as 190kg, and the company also promises a nearly 30 percent increase in structural rigidity over the outgoing XF.
Also shared with the new XE is the XF’s suspension design, comprised of double wishbones at the front and an integral-link setup at the rear.
The new electric power-assisted steering of the XE and F-Type models is also featured, and the optional Jaguar Configurable Dynamics system will offer settings for dampers, steering, engine and transmission response.
The new XF will be offered with two new four-cylinder ‘Ingenium’ diesel options, a small petrol four, and a pair of six-cylinder diesel and petrol mills.
The four-cylinder turbo-diesel Ingenium engines include a frugal 120kW/380Nm unit and a mid-spec 132kW/429Nm mill.
Matched with an eight-speed auto, the 120kW diesel lists fuel use at just 4.2 l/100km.
Topping the diesel options is a revised version of the familiar twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6, offering 220kW and a huge 700Nm of torque.
Jaguar promises a 0-100km/h time of 6.4 seconds with the big diesel, with fuel figures listed at 5.5 l/100km.
Jaguar's existing 177kW/340Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine will also feature in the launch range, to be replaced at a later date by the still-in-development petrol Ingenium range.
The 177kW mill promises a 0-100km/h time of 7.0 seconds and fuel consumption figures of 7.5 l/100km.
A 250kW/450Nm version will also be offered in some markets, and Jaguar promises a 0-100km/h time of 5.4 seconds for rear-wheel-drive versions and an even sharper 5.0 seconds for the all-wheel-drive option.
The new XF will go on sale in Europe from August. Speaking with TMR, Jaguar Australia's Tim Krieger confirmed a first-quarter 2016 launch for the local market.
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