It was more than a tight rope
walk for the all-new Jaguar XF. In fact, it was more of a high wire water
crossing. The all-new Jaguar XF was revealed
during a dramatic 'high-wire' water crossing in the heart of London's business
district. Car manufacturers have done all kinds of stunts to get that dramatic
effect for their vehicle launches, be it driving up a wall or being airlifted
by a helicopter.
Expert British stunt man Jim
Dowdall, veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones,
drove the all-new Jaguar XF a full 240 metres across a high-wire to demonstrate
its lightweight aluminium-intensive construction. The new XF is 80kgs lighter
than its closest competitor. The feat took place high over the Royal Dock in
London's Canary Wharf.
The all-new XF will make its global motor show debut in New York on April 1.
With segment-leading figures
for interior space, the all-new XF's, coupé-like design is formed
around Jaguar's aluminium-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding
proportions, elegant surfaces and pure lines which define all Jaguar cars, with
exceptionally low aerodynamic drag.
The cabin utilises a seamless
blend of contemporary luxury materials and finishes, traditional Jaguar
craftsmanship and state-of-the art technology, including features such as the
new InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system and 12.3-inch TFT
"In creating the all-new
XF, as a design team we have been driven by discipline, the discipline of
simplicity. Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose - nothing is
superfluous. Achieving that simplicity takes time and requires great
determination; it's all too easy to add lines to a car, but much harder to add
character by leaving lines out.
"Inside too, we have been
driven by the desire to ensure the XF's cabin is as comforting as it is
comfortable. New technology, including our new 10.2-inch touchscreen, is
combined carefully with materials that cosset and reassure. The all-new XF has
a clear sense of calm and strength, both outside and inside - and I'm proud of
my team for delivering that, " said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar
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 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the car it replaces, the all-new XF's
2,960mm wheelbase is 51mm longer, enabling class-leading rear seat space with
more legroom, kneeroom and headroom.
The efficiency gains inherent
in the lightweight aluminium construction are complemented by the all-new XF's
refined, powerful engine range. The 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engines are
available in 163PS (161 bhp)/380Nm and 180PS (177.5 bhp)/430Nm ratings and are
offered with specially-optimised six-speed manual- and eight-speed automatic
transmissions. In 163PS manual form, the all-new XF delivers 104g/km CO2 and is
the lightest, most efficient non-hybrid diesel model in the segment - 80kg
lighter than its closest competitor.
All other engines are matched
exclusively to eight-speed automatic transmissions. The 2.0-litre turbocharged
direct injection petrol engine develops 240PS (237bhp)/340Nm, while the
renowned 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine will be offered in both
340PS/450Nm and 380PS (376 bhp)/450Nm ratings.
The 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo
diesel benefits from a host of advanced technologies which boost efficiency and
refinement still further, and raise output to 300PS and 700Nm of torque.
The light, stiff body
structure is also fundamental to the all-new XF's superb vehicle dynamics. The
sophisticated double wishbone and Integral Link suspension - combined with
near-50:50 weight distribution - delivers the ideal balance between agility,
comfort and refinement.
Incorporating all of the
learning from F-TYPE and XE, the meticulously-tuned Electric Power Assisted Steering
(EPAS) maintains the XF's benchmark steering feel and response - and
contributes to the all-new XF's outstanding fuel economy.
Advanced passive damper
technology delivers exceptional ride comfort as standard, but for even better
control the Adaptive Dynamics system determines the optimum damper settings for
the driving conditions.
Jaguar Configurable Dynamics,
first developed for F-TYPE, provides the ultimate in control and enables the
driver to individually tailor settings of the dampers, steering, engine and
eight-speed automatic transmission.
For select markets which
demand all-wheel drive (AWD), Jaguar has engineered a new torque on-demand
system. The transfer case uses a chain drive instead of gears and is lighter,
quieter and more efficient.
Capability is also enhanced by
the advanced control system first used in F-TYPE AWD: Intelligent Driveline
Dynamics (IDD). This delivers rear-drive handling with the performance and
traction benefits of AWD.
Ability is unrivalled in
rear-wheel drive form too. All-Surface Progress Control, developed for
low-speed driving in adverse conditions, automatically manages the brakes and
the throttle to deliver the best possible traction, enabling the car to pull
away smoothly and without drama: the driver only has to steer.
Infotainment and connectivity
is the most advanced Jaguar has ever offered. The all-new InControl Touch Pro
system 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.
To handle the enormous amounts
of data, InControl Touch Pro features a solid-state drive and a quad-core
processor, and runs on state-of-the-art, ultra-fast Ethernet - a
next-generation network offering exceptional data transfer rates. Combined,
they deliver incredible graphics, fast response times and truly exceptional
Complementing InControl Touch
Pro is a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. Jaguar Land Rover
pioneered this technology with the XJ and Range Rover and is now bringing it to
the business car segment.
To make every journey safer
and even more relaxing, the all-new XF offers a wide range of advanced driver
assistance systems, and is also the first Jaguar to offer full-LED headlights.
aluminium-intensive Jaguar XF will be manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover's
Castle Bromwich Plant alongside the all-aluminium F-TYPE and XJ.
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