Scheduled to make its world debut at Frankfurt in September, the new Jaguar XF is a reflection of the bold new design language that Jaguar will be using both now and in the future.
Post embargo leakage, Jaguar has gone ahead and officially released an “In detail” press kit which should answer (in the following pages) all technical questions about the all new model. Jaguar has also released UK pricing of the XF range consisting of four engines and three trim packages which is now available for order.
In the U.S. only two V8 engines both 4.2 liter V8's naturally aspirated and supercharged producing 300bhp and 420bhp, respectively, will be available with three trim packages. With U.S. pricing to be announced in November, deliveries will start March 2008.
The only offered transmission is a six-speed automatic with shifting paddles on the steering wheel for manual gear selection.
On the outside the XF reflects a new contemporary yet sporting design language which Jaguar declares will be applied to all future models. On the inside the XF features electronic goodies such as the all-new JaguarDrive Selector, which “rises into the palm of the hand, while rotating vents turn from their flush, 'parked' position to their functional open position, JaguarSense - an electronic control system that employs motion detecting sensors to activate certain vehicle features, unique phosphor blue interior lighting, and Bowers & Wilkins sound technology.”
Not to be out-done by the competition, the XF gets driver aids such as Electronic Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Anti-lock brakes, Dynamic Stability Control, Cornering Brake Control and Engine Drag Torque Control. Lastly, Understeer Control Logic, which appearing for the first time in a Jaguar, senses understeer and decelerates the vehicle until grip is restored to the front wheels.