Busty Mad Men actress, Christina Hendricks, took the covers off the new Jaguar XF in downtown New York yesterday on the eve of the city’s annual motor show. At the same time, Jaguar released full details of its launch line-up (believe us when we say they’re full; we had to read all 37 pages of it), plus UK pricing and tech specs.
Obviously the biggest sellers will be the BIK-friendly diesel models, powered by Jaguar’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel Ingenium engine and, impressively, emissions are as low as 104g/km and economy is as high as 71.7mpg. It’s available in 163 and 180hp guises so clearly targets the Audi A6 2.0 TDI and BMW 518d/520d. Prices start at £32,300 on-the-road. But you’re not reading What Car?, and we’re far more interested in the new XF S.
Initial reports suggested that the F-Type’s popping and banging supercharged 3.0-litre V6 powerplant would be carried over wholesale and that does indeed appear to be the case, providing the rear wheels with 380hp and 450Nm of torque via a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox with various modes of operation. Should be a hoot. However, our attention was grabbed by a second XF S model, priced at an identical £49,950 and powered by an upgraded version of Jaguar’s 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine. It puts out 300hp and an eye-watering 700Nm of torque. Jaguar quotes a 0-60mph of 5.1- and 5.8 seconds respectively for the petrol and diesel models, though the latter returns 51.4mpg to the petrol version’s 34mpg.
No matter which you go for, the S cars can be fitted with ‘Jaguar Configurable Dynamics’, allowing the driver to tweak the steering, damping, engine response and the transmission’s characteristics via the XF’s swanky new ‘InControl’ touchscreen system.
We look forward to playing with all that shortly when we drive the new XF ahead of first deliveries later this year.