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Jaguar XF

The latest Jaguar XF saloon made its debut at the 2011 New York Auto Show.

The XF revamp included front and rear revisions to its appearance that brought it into line with the flagship XJ.

The supercharged XFR features further design enhancements.

Technical advances in the XF included the latest 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine.

The power unit includes a fuel and emissions-saving Intelligent Stop/Start system for the first time in a Jaguar. This version of the XF achieves an average fuel consumption of more than 50 miles per gallon, combined with 49g/km of carbon dioxide emissions.

The XF received bi-function HID xenon headlamps incorporate LED daytime running lights with a ‘J-Blade’ signature, three front bumper and lower rear valance treatments to differentiate between models, tail lamps that are now LED for stop, tail and direction indicator functions.

The exterior was refreshed and there were new alloy wheel choices and paint colours.

An eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox was fitted and an upgraded interior offered new seats, instrument panel and optional 1200W Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system.

Advances in lighting technology allow the latest XF model range to adopt the Jaguar design language introduced on the XJ saloon.

Revisions to the grille, bonnet and front wings incorporate new triangular side vents.

The top-of-tthe-range XFR receives its own design treatment to underline the performance differential.

An alternative ‘Aerodynamic’ option is available on all other derivatives for a total of three different styling options.

The XF’s headlamps contain bi-function HID xenon technology and incorporate LED daytime running lights arranged in a Jaguar ‘J-Blade’ signature pattern.

The tail lamps have been renewed and now extend on to the central portion of the boot lid. The units are LED for stop, light and indicator functions. Separating them is a revised boot lid finisher with a gloss black lower edge. The boot also features power closure on all models.

Three new paint colours and an expanded alloy wheel selection ranging from 17 to 20-inch complete the revised styling.

The XF has a 2.2-litre AJ-i4D turbodiesel engine under the bonnet featuring low-friction pistons and a water-cooled turbocharger. Active engine mounts and modifications to the sump and block reduce levels of noise and vibration.

The engine’s power output is 190PS with a torque figure of 450Nm. The XF hits 60mph in eight seconds going on to a top speed of 140mph. The unit achieves 52.3mpg on the EU combined cycle and emits 149g/km of carbon dioxide and is Euro Stage V compliant.

The engine is mated to the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Gearchanges are completed in just 200 milliseconds and there’s theb option to perform multiple downshifts using paddleshift technology. The use of lightweight materials ensures the overall weight remains the same as the previous six-speed transmission.

The XF’s Intelligent Stop/Start system automatically shuts down the engine in 300 milliseconds when the car comes to rest - one of the most significant changes which you will not find in used Jaguar vehicles.

The driver does nothing as the engine management software analyses a host of complex factors in order to decide when the engine can safely be stopped. A Tandem Solenoid Starter with a dedicated secondary battery instantly restarts the engine as soon as the driver’s foot leaves the brake pedal, ensuring it is running optimally by the time the accelerator is pressed. To make this happen the gearbox is fitted with Hydraulic Impulse Storage.

The cabin of the XF features the JaguarDrive Selector that rises from the centre console and air vents that rotate to their open position when the starter button is pressed.

The interior of the XF has received revised front and rear seats incorporating a ‘hoop’ feature on both squab and backrest.