Sedona, AZ – The first generation Jaguar XF bowed as a 2007 model. The second generation launches with the 2016 Jaguar XF appearing as a large luxury sedan featuring Jaguar aluminum-intensive architecture. The new XF models are made up of 7f percent aluminum that is 28 percent stiffer and 11 percent lighter that its predecessors.
As part of the Jaguar brand’s realignment. The new entry level XF is now powered by a supercharged V6 engine, over the inline 4-cylinder engine of the previous model year. The model lineup additionally receives an optional, all-new 380 horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V6, while the base engine is a 340 horsepower version of the same engine – a 3.0-liter DOHC, 24-valve, Twin-Vortex supercharged V6 with 150bar direct injection. The horsepower ratings for both engines comes at 6,500 rpm. Torque for the 340 horse motor is 332 pound feet for both engines at 4,500 rpm.
XFs are available in either a Rear-Wheel or All-Wheel Drive configuration, and both powertrains meter power to the driving wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission – ZF 8HP45 – RWD / ZF 8HP70 8 – AWD.
The 2016 XF stable is offered in three levels of trim: 35t Premium; 35t Prestige; 35t R-Sport; and S. Premium through R-Sport gets the 340 horsepower engine, while the S models are powered by the 380 horsepower version. XF models are larger than the mid-size Jaguar XE series and smaller than full-size luxury XJ sedans.
The all-new Jaguar XF series display a more vertical front end, a shorter front overhang, a longer wheelbase and new rear quarter windows. Mirroring the evolution of Jaguar’s design language, the sleek, coupe-like profile, long hood with deep power bulge and the short front overhang of the XF showcase its individuality without sacrificing its heritage. The new XF’s wheelbase is 2-inches longer, while the overall length has been reduced by 0.3-inches. The front overhang is 2.6-inches shorter. Aerodynamics are improved by utilizing vents in the front bumper that channel air over the front wheels.
The XF’s interior features continue to be worthy of praise, with things such as the start-up sequence that brings the car to life as the rotary gear selector rises up from the center console and the air vents rotate into position. The strong, simple lines and horizontal feel and mature design language of the instrument panel –along with the use of quality materials, are befitting of the status of the all-new XF now that it has risen above Jaguar’s entry-level sports sedan position.
During the national press launch of the all-new 2016 Jaguar XF series, my driving partner and I had the opportunity to experience both an XF 35t RWD in Prestige trim with the 340 horsepower 3.0-liter V6, which started at $56,550. finished with a Black exterior and a Brogue and Black interior, and an XF S RWD model with the 380 horse engine, a Quartzite metallic exterior with a Brogue and Black interior and a base sticker of $62,700., which rose to $73,035 after adding for the metallic paint, Comfort and Convenience Package, Luxury Interior Upgrade Package, Driver Assistance Package, Head Up Display and the Destination and Delivery charge.
SUMMARY: Both examples of the XF tested performed flawlessly, accelerating, stopping and maneuvering through sweeping curves with confidence inspiring stability and control.
Handling characteristics proved to be sporty, while the ride quality showcased Jaguar’s iconic luxury and comfort. The new XF allows the driver to select one of four modes that best adapts to desired driving scenarios and conditions via the JaguarDrive Control™: Normal, Winter, ECO and Dynamic. All-wheel drive models are able to differentiate between road surfaces through the Adaptive Surface Response system, which dials in the appropriate traction level adjustment.
Infotainment and connectivity possibilities abound in the XF, both in terms of standard and available optional fare.
Visibility was quite good and enhanced by the standard radar-based blind-spot monitoring system, standard front and rear parking sensors, with visual indicators shown through the touch-screen, along with a standard backup camera.
The 2016 Jaguar XF sedan is a joy to ride in, but even more of a joy to drive in virtually any scenario. The XF exhibits an elegant and equally awe inspiring persona, with a sleek, coupe-like profile that fits nicely between the XE and XJ series Jaguars. European and Asian luxury sedans beware.
SPECIFICATIONS: 2016 Jaguar XF 35t & XF S
|Base Price:||$51,900. – XF 35t / $62,700 – XF S|
|Price as Tested:||$52,895. – XF35t / $63,695 – XF S|
|Engine Type and Size:||3.0-liter DOHC, 24-valve, Twin-Vortex supercharged V6 with 150bar direct injection.|
|Horsepower (bhp):||340 @ 6,500 rpm / 380 @ 6,500 rpm|
|Torque (ft./ lbs.):||332 @ 4,500 rpm / 332 @ 4,500 rpm|
|Transmission:||ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic – RWD / ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic – AWD.|
|Drive Train:||Longitudinally mounted front engine / RWD or Jaguar Instinctive AWD.|
Frequency dependent passive damping or Adaptive Dynamics driver configurable with Continuously variable damping.
Front – Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar, aluminum components.
Rear – Integral Link, stabilizer bar, aluminum components.
|Brakes:||Power-assisted 4-wheel ventilated disc; ABS, EBD, BFD, EBA, DSC, CBC, Understeer control, ETC, Engine Drag Torque Control and ADC.|
|Tires:||Pirelli Cinturato P7 255/35 R20 mounted on 5-“V”-spoke alloy wheels.|
|Length Overall:||195.0 inches|
|Width:||82.3 inches – with mirrors.|
|Curb Weight:||From 3,770 lbs. – RWD / From 3,880 lbs. AWD|
|Fuel Capacity:||19.5 gallons|
|EPA Mileage Estimates:||20-mpg city / 30-mpg highway – RWD|
|0 – 60 mph:||5.2 seconds – RWD / 5.1 – AWD / top speed=155 mph|
Arv Voss is a Northern California based freelance motoring Journalist and member and past officer of several noted Automotive Journalist organizations who contributes regularly to a number of national and international media outlets. He reviews not only cars, trucks and SUVs, but motorcycles and unusual wheeled vehicles as well.