Jaguar chose a spectacular stunt to highlight the new XF model’s lightweight aluminium-intensive construction. British stuntman Jim Dowdall – a veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones – drove the Jaguar 240 metres across a high-wire over the Royal Dock in London’s Canary Wharf (www.jaguar.co.uk/newxf) Later, the XF – which (according to Jaguar) is 80 kilograms lighter than its closest competitor – made its global motor show debut in New York. Described as bringing “an unrivalled blend of refinement, fuel economy, dynamics and design to the business car segment”, the XF’s coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture and combines Jaguar’s classic proportions, surfaces and pure lines with exceptionally low aerodynamic drag. Featuring 75 per cent aluminium, the architecture enables weight savings of up to 190 kilograms over the outgoing model and an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28 per cent.
The architecture also delivers improvements in packaging and proportions.
Though seven millimetres shorter and three millimetres lower
than the car it replaces, the all-new XF’s 2,960-millimetre wheelbase
is 51 millimetres longer, enabling “class-leading” rear seat space with
more leg, knee and head room.
The efficiency gains are complemented by a powerful engine range.
The 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engines are available in 163PS/380Nm
and 180PS/430Nm ratings and are offered with specially optimised
six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions. In 163PS
manual form, the all-new XF delivers 104g/km CO2 – “the lightest,
most efficient non-hybrid diesel model in the segment”.
All other engines are matched exclusively to eight-speed automatic
transmissions. The 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel benefits from a host
of advanced technologies that raise output to 300PS and 700Nm of
torque; and also available is the 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine
with 380PS/450Nm torque.
“In creating the all-new XF, as a design team we have been driven by
discipline, the discipline of simplicity,” said Jaguar director of design
Ian Callum. “Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose – nothing
is superfluous. 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 too, we have been driven by the desire to ensure the XF’s cabin
is as comforting as it is comfortable. New technology, including our
new 10.2-inch touchscreen, is combined carefully with materials that
cosset and reassure. The all-new XF has a clear sense of calm and
strength, both outside and inside.”