The S-Type nomenclature has been booted, making way for XF - the stunning new sedan from Jaguar - which heralds a new era for the embattled British brand.
The sedan shows off coupe-like lines but assures room for five, while the styling drops Jaguar's signature anachronistic look in favour of a sleek more modern design. Of course, some design inspiration from the XK was probably welcomed too.
Images of the XF's cabin show materials and surfaces now more luxurious than before. Driver-friendly touch screen controls are standard.
Innovative features include a pulsing start button and the JaguarDrive selector that rises into the palm of the hand when the engine is fired up. JaguarSense uses touch or proximity-sensing controls for overhead lights and the glovebox release within the cabin. These features were debuted on the C-XF concept shown at this year's Detroit show.
All models are fitted with shift-by-wire controls linked to Jaguar's sequential shift system that promises rapid and smooth gearshifts. The sequential transmission allows manual gearchanges via steering wheel mounted paddles. Transmission modes include Dynamic and Winter settings that adjust the throttle.
Three trim levels will be offered in South Africa. The Luxury level will be available with either 3.0-litre petrol or 2.7-litre turbodiesel V6 engines. Premium luxury is available with the V6s or a naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8, while the SV8 is offered only with the supercharged petrol V8 motor.
Jaguar boasts best in class torsional rigidity with this sedan.
Almost every imaginable acronym is featured in the list of key driver aids that include EBA, EBD, ABS, DSC, CBC, engine drag torque control and understeer control logic for the first time in a Jaguar, which decelerates the car and helps restore grip to the front wheels.
Additional aids feature a blind spot monitor, parking aids at the front and rear (with a camera), adaptive cruise control, tyre pressure monitor and an automatic speed limiter.
Another Jaguar debut in the XF is a Pedestrian Contact Sensing system that lessens pedestrian injury by firing actuators that create a cushioned space between the bonnet and engine.
XF's local order book opens at the end of September, with the first cars expected by mid-2008.