The new AJ-i4D diesel version of the XF is the most economical Jaguar ever, with a range of more than 800 km on average.
Mated with a new, more efficient 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox, the 2,2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel gets 5,4 litres/100 km. Its CO2 emissions are 149 g/km.
But the 2,2, which introduces Intelligent Stop/Start technology to the range, is not just about economy. Jaguar claims that the new engine offers levels of refinement on par with the outgoing 2,7-litre V6 diesel. At the same time, they say, it provides ample performance: peak outputs are 140 kW and 450 N.m. It does the 0-100 km/h dash in 8,5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 225 km/h.
Introduction of the diesel coincides with a general freshening-up of the XF, which is topped by the XFR performance model (due to be launched at the Johannesburg Motor Show).
Design changes – some of them thanks to advances in lighting technology – have brought the XF’s exterior in line with the XJ flagship. Slimline bi-function HID xenon headlamps incorporate LED daytime running lights with a distinctive “J-Blade” signature. Tail lamps are now LED for stop, tail and direction indicator functions. Bodywork tweaks include changes to the grille, bonnet and front wings, with new triangular side vents.
An alternative Aerodynamic option has been made available, for a total of three styling options.
In addition to its exterior freshen-up, the XF benefits from an upgraded interior with new seats, instrument panel and optional 1200 W premium sound system from British audio experts Bowers & Wilkins.
Revised front and rear seats incorporate a hoop feature on both squab and backrest to improve appearance as well as support. New hide colour combinations, veneers and headlining choices increase the personalisation options, and there’s a new interior colour scheme. In addition to controlling car functions via the 180 mm touch-screen, the driver now has additional switches below the screen to switch between different functions.
Three new audio systems are offered on the XF, headed by the 17-speaker B &W set-up. All systems can be specified with a hard-drive based satellite navigation system that incorporates a virtual CD multi-changer. This allows ripping of CDs into the car’s memory storage and playing them as if they were a physical music medium. Connectivity options include two USB ports (one iPod-specific) and Bluetooth.