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by Tim Beissmann

An image of the 2012 Jaguar XF facelift has surfaced online in the lead-up to the vehicle’s official unveiling at the 2011 New York International Auto Show on April 22.

The image, published on overseas website JokeForBlog, is consistent with the official teaser photos released by Jaguar at the end of last month, suggesting that this is exactly what we can expect from the new entry-level cat.

The key revision to the styling is the new headlights, which are now much more sleek and aggressive and similar to it big brother, the XJ luxury limousine.

The bonnet and front bumper are also more expressive, and direct the eyes towards the dynamic chrome grille. Read more about the visual updates to the XF in our earlier spy photo story.

The 2012 Jaguar XF will be displayed at New York with a new 2.2-litre diesel engine, which promises to be the most fuel efficient engine Jaguar has ever produced.

With 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque, the XF diesel will use just 5.4 litres/100km on the combined cycle and emit 149g/km CO2. Acceleration from 0-100km/h will take 8.5 seconds.

The increased efficiency is the result of Jaguar’s new ‘Intelligent Stop-Start’ engine technology and the use of an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

Jaguar Australia’s Kevin Goult confirmed the 2.2-litre diesel engine would be sold in Australia, with dates and specifications still to be finalised.

Mr Goult said the local arm planned to showcase the new model at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne on July 1.

“At a time when fuel price at the pump is particularly high, introducing this new diesel engine derivative in Australia provides a strong opportunity for Jaguar to look at the position of the diesel XF product range against the German competitors and to identify where the opportunity for Jaguar is,” Mr Goult said.

“It’ll certainly provide a competitive challenge to Mercedes and BMW.”

CarAdvice will be at the New York International Motor Show next week to bring you all the news on the Jaguar XF update as well as all the other releases. Stay tuned.




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