2012 XF – more frugal, with a new look and better value

Jaguar is launching its most economical model ever manufactured, a 2.2 litre turbo diesel XF sports sedan.

At $90,000 the XF 2.2D Luxury provides the entry to the XF model range which has three diesel and three petrol engine variants in 2012.

“This is the best entry price we have ever offered into the XF range,” said Jaguar New Zealand’s Brand Manager Paul Ricketts. “And with a comprehensive specification and great fuel economy it is a compelling package.”

“Our five other models offer various performance and luxury options at different price points,” he said. “Compared to our German rivals, Jaguar makes a lot of sense in 2012 and you get a beautiful, fast, refined sports sedan.”

The XF 2.2D does not skimp on luxury features, with full leather upholstery and electrically adjustable front seats, and electrically adjustable steering column, xenon headlights, keyless entry and start, Bluetooth, iPod, MP3 and USB connectivity, satellite navigation, rain sensing wipers, rear parking aid, six air bags and traction and dynamic stability control.

This new XF model also has the same revised features that all other models in the XF range have gained with new exterior styling echoing the XJ. Revised automatic levelling Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, a bigger bonnet power bulge, a larger more upright and aggressive grille, new side power vents and new panels forward of the A pillar complete a comprehensive facelift of the front of the 2012 XF.

At the rear there are full LED tail lights which extend onto the boot lid which now has power closing. New paint colours and 17 inch alloy wheels complete the package.

Inside all new XFs have improved seats offering more support, the same 7 inch touch screen with DVD operation as introduced recently on the larger XJ luxury sedan, new instrument panel and satin rosewood veneers as debuted on the C-X75.

While producing an overall fuel consumption of 5.4 litres/100 kms and just 149g/km of CO2 emissions it still has the ability to sprint to the legal speed limit in 8.5 seconds.

The four cylinder motor produces 140kW and 450Nm of torque and complies with the latest Euro 5 emission regulations. It is combined with a new ZF eight speed electronic automatic gearbox – especially adapted by Jaguar engineers to suit the motor – with sequential paddle operation and intelligent stop start to return the outstanding economy figures.

The stop start system shuts the engine down within 300 milliseconds of the car stopping and restarts the motor as soon as the driver’s foot leaves the brake pedal.

The eight speed automatic transmission is also used on both three litre V6 engined twin turbo diesel models in the XF range.

The 3.0D Luxury model has 177kW and 500Nm while the 3.0D S version comes with 202kWs and 600Nm of torque. Both cars are Euro 5 Compliant and thanks to the new transmission it returns an improved overall fuel economy of 6.3 litres/100 kms.

The 3.0D Luxury model has the same specification as the new 2.2 diesel model, providing a higher specification than previous years. It is priced at $100,000.

The still higher specification 3.0D S gets adaptive dynamic suspension, a performance brakes package with larger front discs fitted inside 19 inch Aquila alloy wheels and an aerodynamic package that includes a restyled front bumper and black grille, side sill extensions, rear spoiler and sculptured rear valance. This car will retail for $115,000.

The adaptive dynamics offers Jaguar’s unique comfort and sporting appeal with shock absorbers that control vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates. The system analyses inputs which determine ride and handling characteristics and adjust the dampers accordingly. Switching to the dynamic mode increases body control, sharpens throttle response and reduces gearshift times for even more sporting performance.

A three litre V6 petrol engine model with 175kW also comes with the same specification as the 2.2D and 3.0D and costs $95,000.

The naturally aspirated 283kW five-litre petrol V8 XF has a $125,000 price tag with 20 inch alloys.

The flagship supercharged XFR with the V8 producing 375kW and 625Nm of torque has active differential control, adaptive dynamics and even bigger brakes than the sport’s package fitted to the 3.0D S and the standard V8 model. It can see the high side of 100 km/h in less than five seconds. It has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h for German autobahns.

The XF is Jaguar’s largest selling model worldwide and comes with a three year, 100,000 kms warranty.

The model range is:

XF 2.2D Luxury $90,000
XF 3.0 V6 Luxury $95,000
XF 3.0D Luxury $100,000
XF 3.0D S Luxury $115,000
XF 5.0 V8 Luxury $125,000
XFR $170,000
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