Jaguar Land Rover India has launched the second generation Jaguar XF today. The luxury sedan, available in three grades; Pure, Prestige and Portfolio, starts from INR 49.5 lakhs and goes all the way to INR 62.10 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The next generation XF is completely new from the ground up and is the second Jaguar model after the XE to use the brand’s advanced aluminium-intensive architecture. Featuring 75 per cent aluminium, the architecture enables weight savings of up to 190kg over the outgoing model and an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28 per cent.
Though 7 mm shorter and 3 mm lower than the car it replaces, the all-new XF’s 2,960 mm wheelbase is 51 mm longer, enabling extra rear seat space with more legroom, kneeroom and headroom. As for the styling, the front is evolutionary and typical Jaguar fare, while the all-new XF was also the first Jaguar to offer full-LED headlights featuring the ‘J’ blade LED daytime running lights. The rear end also cashes in on Jaguar’s family look , especially in the tail lamp graphics.
The interiors have been completely overhauled too, with more contemporary design cues, improved materials, and features like a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. Infotainment and connectivity is managed by Jaguar’s all-new InControl Touch Pro system which features a 10.2-inch touchscreen and Dual View technology which simultaneously allows the driver to see information such as navigation, while the front seat passenger watches TV or a DVD and enjoy the 17-speaker 825 kW Meridian Surround Sound System.
For India, the new XF will be available with a choice of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines. Jaguar’s new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, which produces 177 hp and 430 Nm of torque, is joined by the 2.0-lite petrol engine producing 237 hp and 340 Nm of torque, the latter engine option being exclusive to the Prestige and Portfolio grades. Both engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and send power to the rear wheels. The petrol and diesel variants are capable of achieving an ARAI-certified average fuel mileage of 13.12 km/l and 19.33 km/l respectively.
Both the petrol and diesel variants employ ‘Jaguar Drive Control’, which offer a selection of four driving modes – Standard, Eco, Dynamic or Rain/Ice/Snow. The new XF rides on double wishbone and Integral Link suspension, and features a near-50:50 weight distribution. Furthermore, there’s Jaguar Configurable Dynamics, which enables the driver to individually tailor settings of the dampers, steering, engine and the transmission, along with an Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS).