Jaguar XF Diesel Set to Cross North America in Seven Days

By Trevor Dorchies | November 07, 2011
In a surprising move with possibly veiled intentions, a Jaguar XF with a 2.2 liter diesel engine left New York City early this afternoon en route to Los Angeles. The 2,800 mile, cross-continent journey will span 11 states and is expected to take seven days time. David and Alexander Madgwick, independent test drivers from the United Kingdom, are piloting the voyage to evaluate how prudent a diesel engine configuration could be. Outfitted only with standard components the XF was shipped over from Jaguar's world headquarters across the pond in Whitley, Coventry, UK. The XF diesel can be easily spotted because it's adorned with British license plates. It is also the first diesel XF to ever enter the United States. However, this isn't the first time testing like this has taken place. Earlier in the year an XF outfitted with the same engine arrangement was driven from Castle Bromwich, UK to Munich, Germany, a total of 816 miles. This trek was completed consuming only one tank of diesel and registered an average of 47.5 mpg. The stateside journey will be almost three and a half times longer covering drastically different terrain. The cross-country drive will act as an engineering exercise measuring just how efficient the diesel XF can be.
The XF diesel owns the title of the most fuel-efficient car to ever roll off Jaguar's assembly line. Producing 187 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the XF diesel travels from zero to 60 mph in eight seconds flat. Jaguar claims the XF can also reach a top speed of 140 mph before an electronic governor reels in the big kitty. Officially, this stunt doesn't portend any future product announcement. But the timing seems a little suspicious to us. After all, next week the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show opens up to the press. It seems like a lot of effort on Jaguar's part to bring the XF diesel all the way from England, drive it across the country, make it to Los Angeles just in time for the show, but for no real reason. We don't know for certain if Jag will introduce a diesel in the U.S., but with competitors BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi all jumping in with both feet, we wouldn't be surprised. Do you think there should be more vehicles that run on diesel made readily available to the American public? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: Jaguar, Newspress