Jaguar XF 2016 Is the second time lucky?

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thrown out in late 2007, the Jaguar XF represented a very serious first stake to traditional German sedans representation. For the most exclusive offering in terms of image and brand, and achieved a general equilibrium was the first scourge was almost at the gates and some, yes, even higher Audi A6, Hey Mercedes Class BMW 5 Series Intractable to date, these saloons then began to glimpse a new rival in growth ... today gives the final growth spurt. because that Jaguar then it is not far from today's. It is now a more advanced much more mature firm.

Evolucionadísimo as a manufacturer under the umbrella of Tata consortium billionaire, he Jaguar-Land Rover group Check the rest today to try to become, segment by segment, more than a premium alternative. And if recent developments like the F-Type or XE have left us a great taste, the second generation of the new Jaguar XF drink them now to be the final confirmation.

maximum lightness

To do this, Jaguar engineers have perfected assure us this time the remarkable advances that have been showing in those previous products. And behind the wheel we can verify this. To get started, the Jaguar XF part almost a blank sheet over its predecessor, incorporating up to 83% of new parts from the modular platform XE and released in a high aluminum content: Material find both on a monohull in which monopolizes 75 percent, and bonnet, wings, suspensions, engines and even bodyside manufactured in one piece. An architecture which, in combination even with crossbars made of magnesium alloy allow you to advertise the lower segment weight: it's up to 190 kg lighter than the previous XF (11%), lowering, according to Jaguar, even in 80 kg the weight of its major competitors.

If by its lightness the Jaguar XF past performance should improve, Today is also technically better car. Slightly shorter (4.95 meters Total 7 mm less) and lowest (1.46 meters, less 3 mm), the new XF is not only also almost 30 percent stiffer than before, but also optimized with new front sockets to channel air over the front wheels, announces today a much improved aerodynamics: of 0,29 passes a Cx of only 0.26. And aesthetically also it offers a sportier and sharp thanks to its smaller overhangs image.

thrown out in late 2007, the Jaguar XF represented a very serious first stake to traditional German sedans representation. For the most exclusive offering in terms of image and brand, and achieved a general equilibrium was the first scourge was almost at the gates and some, yes, even higher Audi A6, Hey Mercedes Class BMW 5 Series Intractable to date, these saloons then began to glimpse a new rival in growth ... today gives the final growth spurt. because that Jaguar then it is not far from today's. It is now a more advanced much more mature firm.

Evolucionadísimo as a manufacturer under the umbrella of Tata consortium billionaire, he Jaguar-Land Rover group Check the rest today to try to become, segment by segment, more than a premium alternative. And if recent developments like the F-Type or XE have left us a great taste, the second generation of the new Jaguar XF drink them now to be the final confirmation.

maximum lightness

To do this, Jaguar engineers have perfected assure us this time the remarkable advances that have been showing in those previous products. And behind the wheel we can verify this. To get started, the Jaguar XF part almost a blank sheet over its predecessor, incorporating up to 83% of new parts from the modular platform XE and released in a high aluminum content: Material find both on a monohull in which monopolizes 75 percent, and bonnet, wings, suspensions, engines and even bodyside manufactured in one piece. An architecture which, in combination even with crossbars made of magnesium alloy allow you to advertise the lower segment weight: it's up to 190 kg lighter than the previous XF (11%), lowering, according to Jaguar, even in 80 kg the weight of its major competitors.

If by its lightness the Jaguar XF past performance should improve, Today is also technically better car. Slightly shorter (4.95 meters Total 7 mm less) and lowest (1.46 meters, less 3 mm), the new XF is not only also almost 30 percent stiffer than before, but also optimized with new front sockets to channel air over the front wheels, announces today a much improved aerodynamics: of 0,29 passes a Cx of only 0.26. And aesthetically also it offers a sportier and sharp thanks to its smaller overhangs image.

Leaner, meaner

Turning point in architecture, as in the chassis. Promising a great deal of weights almost 50/50, the Jaguar XF today almost completely new suspension mounts, composed of a front axle parallelogram with a design similar to F-Type, with lighter springs and teflon lined caps and Eje rear consists of a more advanced multilink Jaguar called Integral Link and very similar to that already released the midsize sedan XE. Serial, the new Jaguar XF has technology passive damping (Capable of varying damping forces depending on the frequency by an extra valve in the piston, and which can be tared Sport Normal or optional or R-Sport versions) and the "Torque Vectoring by Braking" system taken back the F-Type to better control the distribution of torque curve.

More comfort and agility you feel from the first meters in a Jaguar XF direct and informative touch, and that seems to shrink meters despite its good management remain something bigger than its three German rivals. Optionally may be completed in some versions with Adaptive Dynamics active damping Jaguar, capable of monitoring body movements and wheels up to 100 times per second. And a more advanced level of driving along the function configurable Dynamics, also it allows you to adapt to the accelerator card, or change direction to make the new Jaguar XF response plus 5 Series a Class E, so we understand. The address, by the way, is also new invoice and electric rather than the previous hydraulic: it provides a very good guide precision. Nor, of course, again missing deadening material to leave us on the road a Jaguar XF better insulated in the tread that even without reaching here the level of filtering Mercedes, it does provide the performance you expect as a sedan representation is.

more efficient engines

Jaguar claimed to have improved as well, and started to verify this. As its today revised mechanical range. Because now the new XF debuts Diesel engines Ingenium developed entirely of aluminum by the mark. From 4-cylinder, 2.0 liters and variable valve timing in exhaust, where lower version of 163 hp ensures consume 24% less than the previous 2.2 Diesel, also a reduction of 17% in their internal friction. And all to announce a part consumption and only 4.0 l / 100 km, absolute reference in its category today to form theoretically no longer there were still units available so that it can check the saloon Diesel more efficient and less emissions in its class (104 g / km CO2). It takes advantage for it to its lightness and a fuel tank reduced to only 55 liters.

Above, on the same block 2.0 Diesel Ingenium, but now with a more conventional tank 69 liters, cohabit a version with 180 hp high-performance yes we could drive. Although somewhat rough as we already found in the XE where before it was released, offers very good performance and low tremendous regime. Both engines can be associated with a manual 6 speed automatic praised or 8 speed with which we've tried, signed as manual ZF and always impeccable in his response smoothly and quickly. Also here.

Following in Diesel, the new Jaguar XF completes its offer with a 3.0 V6, and twin-turbo, with changes in the injection system and a revised power: 275 hp happens today 300 hp, up to an exceptional peak torque of 71.4 mkg. Only available with automatic transmission, announces a 0 to 100 km / h in 5.8 seconds, with a consumption of only 5.5 l / 100 km, 9% less than before.

As to gasoline, the new Jaguar XF range opens with small four-cylinder turbo, 2.0 liter, full variable valve timing and 240 hp very refined and only in automatic. As the two upper blocks V6 3.0 liter direct injection and high performance taken in this case the F-Type in 340 hp or 380 hp exclusive and sporty version XF S.

Indeed, we have also had the opportunity to try both at the Circuito de Navarra, and road, this new XF S. Very fast, with great stability for its size, good braking ability and a very powerful engine up to 6,500 rpm cutting may track is not the usual way for such a saloon, but defended really well in applications not too demanding.

In addition, while the rest of the range is only available in rear-wheel drive, these two great V6 petrol can be chosen so or also with a AWD system with IDD with which we have tested in circuit system taken, once again, the F-Type. Is therefore always prioritize the dynamic behavior as saloon propulsion, but thanks to a wet multiplate clutch, torque deviates forward axle whenever necessary. And the truth is that even in a small wet track, has surprised us by his great and progressive motor skills. To further increase the traction, Jaguar XF added AWD versions feature the Adaptive Response Surface, which replaces the previous winter mode based on the experience of Land Rover to determine the area for which it is conducted and modify steering response, throttle, transmission and stability control. The propulsion models also feature the new system All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), a sort of cruise control low speed, active between 3 and 30 km / h to face very slippery surfaces while the driver only care management the steering wheel.

More space and technology

More dynamism and efficiency, but also more amplitude. In fact, the doors inside, Jaguar XF also ensures that the sedan will be the segment more legroom you back. Its engineers claim to have achieved thanks to a wheelbase increases 51 mm (2.96 meters total), to provide between 15 and 24 mm more habitable than before. The back row can be folded in proportion 40:20:40 easier loading of bulky objects such as skis, while the trunk (with 540 liters official capacity) now has automatic closure option. Until we go through our technical center we can not quantify the jump, but certainly not lacking space in the new British saloon.

Much space is, as always, complete with the usual exclusive Jaguar. In the XF will not miss again the drop-down selector rotary gearshift, the outputs of folding air conditioning or cared ambient light touch that have always distinguished, but now improves the entire interior with new materials and finishes, but above all, more load and connectivity technology. The standard system "InControl Touch" capacitive touchscreen 8 inches series, XF now adds an option for the first time the most advanced "InControl Touch Pro", and 10.2-inch screen, 4-core processor, solid hard drive, Ethernet technology network or Dual View function so that the driver can, for example, follow the navigation while accompanying watching TV or DVD. What we have seen in production and impresses, but will not reach the market until within about 3 months.

In the new Jaguar XF today also lack a modern dashboard with TFT screen 12.3 "customizable, Head Up Display Laser, Full adaptive headlights LED (first Jaguar that mounts) Or the latest assistance systems through stereoscopic camera, including autonomous braking, lane assistant and blind, intelligent speed limiter or parking assistance. All to form a highly advanced Jaguar XF will be available in our market since late September or early October in 5 finishes: Pure, Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and S. Undoubtedly, the strongest rival to find right now in the Audi, BMW and Mercedes segment.

2016 Jaguar XF prices

XF 2.0 Diesel 163 hp: Between 43,004 and 48,948 euros.

XF 2.0 Diesel 180 hp: Between 44,421 and 53,569 euros.

XF 3.0 Diesel 300 hp: Between 66,176 and 69,910 euros.

XF 240 hp 2.0 GTDi: Between 54,448 and 61,587 euros.

XF 3.0 340 hp: Between 66,368 and 77,339 euros.

XF 3.0 S 380 hp: Between 75,479 and 81,313 euros.

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