The Jaguar S-Type was one of the best luxury vehicles in the world at the time. But Jaguar didn't want to stop there and wanted to create something even better so they replaced the S-Type with the Jaguar XF, a 4-door executive car that's easily one of the best vehicles from the Jaguar cars to date. Known back then as the X250, the Jaguar XF was developed at their Whitley design and development headquarters in Coventry and was then built in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham in time for the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was a huge leap from the Jaguar S-Type but it still retains the classic Jaguar look and feel in the way that it was designed.
Standard Jaguar XF parts included a choice between powerful V6 and V8 engines, 6-speed or 8-speed automatic transmission systems, and a bevy of luxurious interior and exterior accessories. The Jaguar XF has some pretty cool features too such as flush-fitting air conditioning vents that rotate open once you start the engine and a rotating gearshift called the JaguarDrive Selector, which rises out of the centre console. These high-tech additions clearly set it apart from other luxury vehicles and would probably become standard gear for future Jaguar models as well.
Due to its popularity, various Jaguar XF models have been made, each with its own special set of features and style. A supercharged version of the XF was introduced back in 2009 sporting a 5.0-liter engine, making it one of the most powerful versions of the XF. There's even an XF that was made specifically for the UK police department and was fitted with light bars and an upgraded diesel engine. Finally, the latest 2012 model of the XF was designed to directly compete with other luxury brands and is expected to be the best version of the XF to date.
For a luxury car enthusiast, I am still concerned about the mpg of the 2016 Jaguar XF coming out this fall. Based on my research the XF line runs on average of 34-44 mpg, are there any reports on the fuel consumption of the new models?
Word is out that Jaguar assured at least 30 mpg capacity for the new 2016 model. Take your pick from the two Ingenium 2.0-litre turbodiesels (161bhp or 177bhp), a 237bhp 2.0-litre petrol, 296bhp 3.0-litre twin, and two 3.0-litre petrol V6s. You can also choose between rear or all-wheel drive. A 550bhp-plus SVR will be along soon, but no word yet of a Sportbrake model.
I hated the XF's outdated entertainment control system, it was slow and hard to use. I wonder if they made changes to the new 2016 model?
A reported $3,100 optional upgrade comes with the InControl Touch Pro, which includes a 10.2-inch touchscreen integrated with pinch and swipe controls. It also comes equipped with a quad-core processor for the car's GPS, music, and vehicle settings, plus a 12.3-inch TFT virtual instrument cluster and optional full-color laser head-up display and a 17-speaker, 825-watt Meridian audio system.Otherwise, the new standard models retain the 8-inch screens and links to the Jaguar InControl Remote smartphone app.
Is there anything that they added or removed from the new models which may change the overall experience of the XF?
Jaguar's hydraulic power steering is out, electric replacement is in. The Jaguar 2016 XF model is up to 265 pounds lighter through more extensive use of aluminium. The high-pressure die-cast aluminium double-wishbone suspension is retained, plus a manual gearbox is also available for the first time.
Can you give me an overview of the safety features of the XF?
The 2010 model endured a 64 km/h frontal crash which led to a four out of five star safety rating. The XF is equipped with standard two front airbags: two airbags in the outer seat edges and side curtain airbags. Sensors in the front seats identify the size and weight of the driver and passenger, allowing seatbelts to lessen contact with the airbags by activating innovative "soft landing" technology. Anti-whiplash technology is designed to immediately move the head restraints forward in case of collision. Additional features like Pedestrian Contact System, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Electric Brake Force Distribution, and Blind Spot Monitors on the side mirrors also enhance the security features of the XF.
I'm planning to buy an XF for me and my wife to share but we both want to maintain a unisex feel to it without compromising the luxurious feel of a Jaguar. Where should we get these customizations done?
Jaguar service centers offer personalized interiors with a range of color themes, a variety of veneer materials, well-appointed seat leather selections from Italy and UK, and sport-themed accents like carbon fibre. Other options include voice-controlled Bluetooth entertainment system controls. The optional sport pack includes 18/18 way electronic seat adjustment and two-setting driver seat memory, and heated steering wheel and seats.