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2015-04-02 12:11

STYLISH AND CLASSIC LINES: The all-new Jaguar XF has a weight saving of up to 190kg. Image: Jaguar

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Commuters in London's business district have been entertained by a brand-new Jaguar XF seemingly achieving the impossible by performing a high-wire crossing of the River Thames as a model launch stunt.

The all-new Jaguar XF,  the company says, brings an unrivalled blend of design, luxury, technology and efficiency to lead the business car segment, underpinned by class-leading driving dynamics and refinement and impressive total cost of ownership.

The dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and perfect lines which define all Jaguar cars, with a longer wheelbase, more interior space and exceptionally low aerodynamic drag yet in a lower and shorter body than the car it replaces.

DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS

Jaguar's director of design, Iam Callum, said: "I believe the all-new XF is the best looking car in its class. Elegant, handsome and with proportions that imbue a great sense of integrity – the all-new XF is true to the great tradition of sporting Jaguar saloons while being completely of its time.”

The all-new XF retains its predecessor’s core attributes, but uses Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture to enable weight savings of up to 190kg – making the 120kW diesel model 80kg lighter than the nearest competitor – plus an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28%.  The company says the architecture also delivers dramatic improvements in packaging and the proportions so essential to Jaguar design.

VIDEO:  JaguarXF in action

Jaguar XF's vehicle line director, Ian Hoban, said: "From an engineering perspective, our targets with the all-new XF were bound by one holistic goal – it had to do everything better, and it does."

The all-new XF range will consist of: XF Prestige, XF R-Sport, XF Portfolio, XF S.

The all-new XF powertrain range will consist of: 120kW and 132kW 2.0-litre diesel manual and automatic; RWD 221kW 3.0 V6 diesel automatic; RWD 380PS 3.0-litre V6 petrol automatic.

The all-new XF joins the Jaguar saloon car range between the XE and XJ model lines.

REGENERATIVE CHARGING

Jaguar's brand director, Steven de Ploey, said: "The XF nameplate sits at the very heart of Jaguar; the original XF was revolutionary for the brand and now the all-new aluminium-intensive XF represents another innovative step-change within the business segment.

“Lighter and more efficient, with enhanced space, an all-new premium infotainment system, a greater breadth of powertrains, unrivalled dynamics and refinement and, of course, world-leading design, the all-new XF offers customers a compelling package.”

The new XF’s four- and six-cylinder Euro 6 diesel and petrol engines are engineered for exceptional response, smoothness and efficiency and all benefit from stop-start systems and smart regenerative charging.  The company says characterised by a rapid build-up of torque from low speeds to give effortless acceleration, the linear throttle response and refined soundtrack of each one makes the driving experience as intuitive as it is rewarding.

The first units to feature in the new XF are 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels rated at 120kW/380Nm and 132kW/430Nm respectively, both available with six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions.

Ingenium is also one of the first diesel engines to feature variable valve timing. A cam phaser on the exhaust side allows the catalysts to reach operating temperature even more quickly, further reducing emissions. The technology also enables more efficient and robust regeneration of the particulate filter.

SMOOTH RUNNING

Both the 120kW and 132kW Ingenium diesel engines feature 1800bar common rail injection systems and the latest variable geometry turbochargers to deliver a clean, quiet, efficient combustion process.

Renowned for its combination of high power and torque with excellent fuel economy and exceptionally smooth running, the company says, Jaguar’s 3.0-litre V6 diesel in its latest generation exceeds all expectations.

The light, stiff, compacted graphite iron cylinder block retains the same 2993cc displacement as before but changes to the fuel injection and boosting systems raise output from 202kW to221kW.

This outstanding V6 is more refined than ever and will accelerate the all-new XF from 0-60mph in just 5.8 seconds yet returns 51.4mpg and 144g/km CO2 on the European combined cycle.

Enthusiasts demanding the most involving driving experience will select Jaguar’s free-revving three-litre supercharged V6, which produces 279kW. Shared with the F-TYPE sports car, this all-aluminium engine combines supercharging with direct-injection and variable intake and exhaust valve timing to deliver exceptional throttle response, linear power delivery and a unique soundtrack.

SMOOTH CURVES:  Jaguar says it has set the benchmark for fuel-efficiency and emissions. Image: Jaguar


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