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Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF is a midsize luxury sedan that was designed as a successor to the Jaguar S-Type, which the brand discontinued in 2008. The car aims to compete directly with the Audi A6 and the BMW 5 Series. Unlike its predecessor, which was designed using classic Jaguar style, the Jaguar XF places great emphasis on contemporary design.

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Jaguar XF Origins

The Jaguar XF draws its inspiration from the C-XF Concept Car, and the influence can be seen in its low roofline, minimalistic chrome trim, and athletic stance. However, the styling varies in some ways between the production Jaguar XF and the C-XF Concept. The most notable difference is that of the nose and front light styling. The Jaguar XF uses an oval mesh grille, similar in style to that of the original 1968 XJ.

As a successor to the Jaguar S-Type, the XF also has some similarities with the car. For example, the boot lid of the car uses the same chromed blade on its edge as the S-Type. However, the XF also uses the leaping Jaguar logo.

About the Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF is known for being a great alternative to its German competitors from BMW and Audi. The car offers better value than the BMW 5 Series, and it matches German cars in terms of performance.

The most significant aspect of the Jaguar XF is its drastic change from its predecessor. While the S-Type is a classically styled car, the Jaguar XF is aggressive in its design and has several unique characteristics. For example, the dash of the car is fitted with flush-fitting air-conditioning vents that rotate when the engine starts. The XF is also fitted with the JaguarDrive Selector—a unique, rotating, gear-shifting dial that rises from the center console.

Another difference between the Jaguar XF and other classic Jaguar cars is the installment of a pale blue backlight for the switchgear, instruments, and major control panels. Minor systems like interior lighting are controlled directly from the light covers. Moreover, the glove compartment opens with just a touch.

The Jaguar XF does not offer an interior cloth option. Even the basic model of the XF is fitted with fully trimmed leather seats. Areas that were previously made with plastic in other Jaguar cars are now trimmed with leather. In addition to this, the Jaguar XF is also available with real wood veneers that combine with an aluminum trim to give the passenger compartment a modern look.

Jaguar XF Features

The latest version of the Jaguar XF has received a facelift, which brings it closer to its original inspiration—the C-XF Concept. The revision includes a completely new front fascia and a slightly different grille, along with streamlined headlights, revamped lower vents, and LED daytime running lights. These new LED lights have been arranged to form the signature "J-Blade" pattern. The rear of the car has also been changed, with the tail lamps now extending onto the trunk lid. Also, Jaguar now offers more wheel choices with the Jaguar XF than ever before.

The 2012 model of the Jaguar XF features new veneer and interior choices along with more supportive seats. It offers a new color scheme on the steering wheel, fascia, and central console, which replaces the earlier Tungsten theme with a modern Aurora look. Other revisions on this model include new graphics on the central touch screen monitor, redundant controls, and a full-color instrument panel with more clarity and better resolution.

In terms of performance, the 2012 Jaguar XF is fitted with a better-tuned suspension system that delivers more tactile and accurate steering. These improvements help make the Jaguar XF comfortable to ride in and easier to handle.

Jaguar XF Evolution

The Jaguar XF was first introduced in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which followed the display of the C-XF Concept car at the North American International Auto Show earlier the same year. Designed by Ian Callum, it is considered to be a big change from the car it replaced--the Jaguar S-Type. Jaguar offers the 2008 XF in several variants including Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Portfolio. The XF is driven by a wide range of petrol and diesel, V-6 and V-8 engines, depending on the purchased variant.

In 2009, two new variants to the Jaguar XF were launched--the XFR and the XF Supercharged. The XFR variant was announced at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. It offers a performance-oriented design of the Jaguar XK range. A newly designed 5.0-liter, supercharged, AJ V-8, Generation 3 engine powers the car, with a rating of 503 hp. The XF Supercharged model modifies the 2008 model Jaguar XF with a 5.0-liter, supercharged engine that delivers 464 hp. The car also comes with Active Differential Control and Adaptive Dynamics.

Select a Jaguar XF Year

2012 Jaguar XF

Luxury, Sedan

New for 2012 is an upgraded navigation system with touch-screen controls. It's the same one found in the popular XJ model. Physical buttons to control the media center are also present and wrapped in a soft-touch black finish. An updated, more supportive seat design also debut for 2012.

2011 Jaguar XF

Luxury, Sedan

The XF’s 4.2-liter V-8 has been replaced with new direct-injected 5.0-liter V-8s that offer more power. A new high-performance XFR model was added to the top of the range while the Supercharged model bowed out, only to return in late 2010 as a 2011 model with the new 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. A new Portfolio package for the Premium model adds more luxury touches including contrast stitching, suede headliner, a new wood veneer and deep-pile carpets.

2009 Jaguar XF

Luxury, Sedan

A luxury sedan with the styling of a coupe, the 2009 Jaguar XF combines the class and distinction of a classic British motorcar with the latest in style and technology.

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