Jaguar XF online launch

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The Jaguar XF has been give an overhaul. We’ve attended its online press launch and have all the key details right here so read on…

XF Sportbrake

Outside the car’s lines have been simplified in keeping with the current reductionism trend in car design from JLR. There are new bumpers, slim all LED headlights and grille. The saloon and Sportbrake estate look more assured and elegant.

The interior is described as all-new and features more luxurious trim and finishes. Connectivity takes a jump forward with the latest Pivi and Pivi-Pro dual-SIM systems. Jaguar says the new XF features Jaguar’s next-generation Electronic Vehicle Architecture, dubbed EVA 2.0, which supports a range of new technologies to ensure the future-ready vehicle is always connected and always up to date. A new curved glass 11.4 inch HD touch screen also features. Over the air software updates (SOTA) are facilitated by the SIM and this helps bring the Jag’s connectivity up towards the top of its class. The driver gets a new 12.3 inch HD interactive display with enhanced graphics and a configurable layout which can show full screen navigation mapping with turn-by-turn instructions, digital dials, media, contact list or infotainment details. .

Mild hybrid technology in introduced with the revised engine range with a new diesel 204hp/430nm from its 2 litre ‘Ingenium’ four cylinder. It delivers reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions over the outgoing unit. CO/2 is 130g/km and average fuel is 4.9L/100km 57.2mpg. The 204PS diesel produces 430Nm, its MHEV system uses a Belt integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) situated in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear load space. It is able to redeploy the stored energy to assist the engine when accelerating away while also delivering a more refined and responsive stop/start system.

The Ingenium petrol engine range features two powerful units with 250hp/365nm and 300hp/400nm that offer brisk (6.5 seconds 0-100km/h) and brisker (5.6 seconds) acceleration. Every XF features an eight-speed automatic transmission and is available with all-wheel drive. The new XF will also benefit from the availability of the latest generation of driver assistance technology. This includes ‘Clear Exit Monitor’, which alerts both front and rear occupants to the presence of an approaching car or cyclist when exiting the vehicle. Jaguar’s latest 3D surround camera technology also stars. Jaguar says it ‘delivers advanced 3D functionality using the latest camera technology to deliver more detail and a choice of real-time viewing optional when manoeuvring the vehicle’.

Active noise cancelling is also introduced to help ensure the cabin delvers a premium experience and ambiance. Another nice touch is Jaguar’s ‘ClearSight’ interior rear view mirror. It gives the driver an unobstructed view of the road behind. Using a wide angle rear-facing camera, the system feeds images to a high-definition screen within the frameless rear view mirror; unhindered by tall rear passengers, poor light or rain on the rear screen.

Cabin air gets the next level treatment with cabin air ionisation with PM2.5 filtration to capture ultra-fine particles and allergens.

Julian Thomson, Design Director, Jaguar: “The Jaguar XF features a new exterior design which delivers a more assertive and assured presence while the all-new interior is more luxurious, tactile and demonstrates an exceptional level of craftmanship. The inside of the XF seamlessly integrates advanced technologies and is simply a beautiful place to be.”

We’re looking forward to testin git soon on Irish roads.

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Michael Sheridan

Michael Sheridan is a senior and highly respected motoring journalist based in Ireland. He is a frequently heard voice on motoring, transport and mobility matters and has multiple credits on national television, national print media, national and local radio and other outlets. Michael Sheridan has been a Car of the Year Judge for more 20 years (& more recently a Van of the Year judge). Michael has produced and directed many international and national motoring TV programmes and documentaries both on cars and motorcycles - including four films on the iconic Route 66. Michael Sheridan is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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