Originally launched in 2007 with a couple of facelifts along the way, the new XF is only the second-generation of the model – and Jaguar has thrown everything and the kitchen sink at this car to guarantee its success.
There are some obvious carryover features, like the rotary gear selector and rotating air vents. But of the 3194 parts that make up the 2016 Jaguar XF, no less than 2669 of those are brand new to the car – that’s 83 per cent.
It’s based on the same lightweight modular aluminium chassis that underpins the smaller XE, as well as the upcoming F-Pace, which is Jaguar’s new SUV that’s due to be shown in production form for the first time at September’s Frankfurt motor show.
The entire car is a mix of aluminium (for the bonnet and front guards), magnesium alloys and high-tensile steels. The architecture in the body sides alone weigh less than 6kg per side.
As a result, the new car is lighter by 190kg and stiffer by 28 per cent, allowing for better dynamics and ride control, according to Jaguar. It’s also more aerodynamic, with an exceptionally low Cd of just 0.26 (down from 0.29) – exactly the same as the smaller XE.