The business limousine XF rang Jaguar 2007 the final farewell to his baroque design language. The second edition does without a similar design revolution when it debuted at the New York Auto Show. But even if it can only be distinguished from its predecessor at second glance - a lot has happened on and under the sheet.
It starts with the material: Around 75 percent of the body is now made of aluminum, which should reduce the weight by 180 kilograms compared to the largely conventional steel predecessor. This is made possible by the new lightweight platform used in the mid-range model XE just presented. The British are so proud of the diet, which is quite extreme in an industry comparison, that they let the XF run like a tightrope walker on two carbon ropes over a harbor basin at the preview in London.
The light-footed feat is hardly of concern for later road use. But buyers should benefit from the low weight in terms of fuel consumption, also because there are also new engines. The most economical variant of the sedan runs on the brand's newly developed four-cylinder diesel and, according to the manufacturer, manages with 3,9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers - with an output of 120 kW / 163 hp from a displacement of two liters. Consumption is likely to be only slightly higher with the variant increased to 132 kW / 180 PS. A 3,0-liter biturbo engine with 221 kW / 300 hp functions as the top diesel. In addition to the three auto-ignitions, there are also two 3,0-liter petrol engines to choose from: the two six-cylinder units with supercharged turbochargers deliver 250 kW / 340 hp and 280 kW / 340 hp, just like in the F-Type sports car. The V8 engines of the previous model are initially not available. But the well-known all-wheel drive.
Externally, the XF has remained true to its role model. You have to look for optical differences for a while. Jaguar's chief designer Ian Callum highlights new elements such as a stronger shoulder line and closer tailpipes - small details that hardly change the overall picture. But that's exactly how it should be: they want to make the brand recognizable and thus better known, explains Germany boss Peter Modelhart. It can only help that the XF not only looks as similar as possible to its predecessor, but also to the smaller XE and the larger XJ. This affects above all the brand face with the large grille and the aggressively slotted headlights. But also the basically slightly coupé-like silhouette.
It is not noticeable that the new one is a shorter and flatter idea than the current model. However, since the wheelbase has increased by five centimeters to 2,96 meters, the interior is noticeably airier. Up to now, if you hit your front knees with your knees quickly in the rear, you now have the usual comfort in class, as you could try out in a pre-series vehicle at the edge of the Geneva Salon. There, the even more refined interior could be viewed, which is no longer as playful as the predecessor. The visual highlight is now a new infotainment system that replaces the pixelated and confusing central screen of the old XF. There is also a lot of leather, aluminum and wood. Overall, the medium-sized Jaguar sedan is a good deal nobler - also to keep the distance to the new little brother XE.
The XF is intended to help continue the upswing of the British. In 2013, Jaguar achieved an increase of 30 percent to 4.160 new registrations, primarily with the help of the F-Type. In the past year, the numbers stagnated due to the lack of new models, but in 2014 the new entry-level model XE and the starting XF should go up again steeply. In 2016 the new SUV model F-Pace will also be added. The XF will be launched in the UK in September, followed a month later by the rest of Europe. As with the predecessor, the price list should start at around 46.000 euros.
Author: Holger Holzer / SP-X