The Jaguar XF (X250) is a multi-award-winning front wheel drive executive luxury vehicle, manufactured and marketed by Jaguar/ Land Rover. Jaguar XF was launched in 2007 to replace its predecessor the Jaguar S-Type. However, the XF was internally designated as the X250. Later in 2015, the second generation of Jaguar XF (X260) was introduced.
The Jaguar XF was designed at Jaguar's design and development headquarter in Whitley, Coventry. It was built at the assembly facility in Birmingham located in Castle Bromwich.
Initially, the public showing of the C-XF concept was arranged at the North American International Auto Show in January 2007. It was followed by Jaguar XF which was introduced at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Finally, the customer deliveries began, with a range of V6 and V8 engines, in March 2008.
Pre-facelift Jaguar XF
Jaguar's design director Ian Callum designed it to include the oval mesh grille from the original Jaguar XJ of 1968, the chrome blade to the edge of the boot lid and the leaper hood ornament from the S-Type's.
As every popular car, the XF was introduced with a variety of trims. They are referred to as SE, R, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio, and SV8 Supercharged. For the markets of United Kingdom, Executive Edition and 'SE Business' models are available with 3.0 L and 2.2 L variants diesel engines respectively.
Casting a glance inside the vehicle, the interior is defintly designed up to the mark here. It includes flush fitted air conditioning vents in the dash that smoothly rotate to open once the engine is started. In addition to that, a rotating gearshift dial also automatically rises from the centre console. This system is referred to as a Jaguar Drive Selector. The use of pale-blue back light around major control panels and instruments differentiates it from the traditional Jaguar cabin.
Some other systems such as the interior lighting can be controlled by merely touching the light covers. Similarly, the glove compartment also opens in response to the touch. All trim levels of the XF interior are featuring leathers. Wood veneers can also be observed in addition to aluminium and carbon fibre and piano black lacquer trims.
XF Supercharged (2009–2015)
The 4.2-litre supercharged engine that was rolled out in 2008 was later replaced by the modified 5.0-litre supercharged engine. The latter is capable of 470 PS (346 kW; 464 hp) and also supports Adaptive Dynamics (Adaptive Dynamics is computer controlled continuously variable damping). It is also equipped with electronically controlled rear differential commonly known as Active Differential Control.
The XFR was publicised in January 2009 at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. It was manufactured to provide a new performance derivative of the Jaguar XF range. The XFR is equipped with the 5.0-litre supercharged AJ-V8 Gen III engine which can produce 503 hp and rated at 510 PS (375 kW). Some modifications can also be seen to revamp its look, such as a front bumper/Spoiler coupled with 20-inch (508 mm) alloy wheels.
Facelift Jaguar XF
At the New York International Auto Show in April 2011, Jaguar disclosed the details of a facelift version for the XF, That would commence manufacturing in July 2011. This facelift came with a number of new features including front and rear styling changes in accordance with the original Jaguar C-XF concept car. It also included internal trim enhancements, adaptive cruise control, and an all new four-cylinder 187 bhp (139 kW; 190 PS) 450 NM (332 lb ft) 2.2-litre diesel engine. This engine is accompanied with an eight-speed automatic transmission and stop-start technology. The engine emits 149 g/km CO2 and shows fuel consumption of 52.3 mpg?imp or 5.40 L/100 km.
XF Sportbrake (2012–2015)
The XF Sportbrake version was officially revealed in March 2012 and was made available for sale in October. The XF Sportbrake has a loading capacity of 550 litres or 19 cubic feet with its seats up and 1,675 litres or 59.2 cubic feet with the seats folded. In terms of maximum capacity, it surpasses the rivals such as BMW 5 Series Touring, Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, and the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. The extended roofline sufficiently increases the rear headroom by 48 mm. The rear seats are equipped with remote-controlled one-touch folding function.
Jaguar did not stop producing different variants of XF and XFR-S is one of them. This version was confirmed in 2012 just before the Los Angeles Auto Show. It comes with the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine which produces a whopping 550 PS (542 bhp; 405 kW) at 6500 rpm and 680 NM (502 lb ft) of torque at 5500 rpm.Even more impressively, the XFR-S accelerates from 0-60 mph in merely 4.4 seconds and can showcase a top speed of 186 mph.
The XFR-S is different from the XFR as it is designed with bespoke modified 20-inch alloy wheels and wider front grills. These modified front grills improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the car. It also boasts from a rear diffuser and quad tailpipes.