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

January 18th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

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

Jaguar XF Diesel becomes most efficient Jag ever

November 16th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

A British team has crossed the U.S.A, from New York to Los Angeles, in a Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel averaging an incredible 4.49 litres/100 kms over 4,480 kms – making it the most efficient Jaguar ever built.

Finishing in Los Angeles, California, the journey – the equivalent of travelling from London to the Sahara – took in 11 states, three time zones and eight days. Yet the XF only required four stops for fuel – its peak economy of 4.21 litres/100 kms being achieved on the penultimate day of the trip.

Paul Alcock, XF Project Manager, Jaguar Cars, who was present throughout the journey, commented: ‘This project was designed primarily to test the potential economy of the XF 2.2D. The incredible figures achieved by the car were accomplished through making every element of the new XF as efficient as possible – from its aerodynamics to its four-cylinder 2.2-litre diesel engine linked to an eight-speed gearbox.’

Driven by independent testers, David and Alexander Madgwick, the XF 2.2D was a standard UK registered, right-hand drive vehicle. In the course of the coast to coast adventure, the car maintained an average speed of 85.2 km/h incorporating a multitude of real-life scenarios including the busy roads exiting New York and, towards the end of the trip, entering Los Angeles, road works, high winds and a climb to 2217 metres above sea level. Continue reading “Jaguar XF Diesel becomes most efficient Jag ever” »

The Cat Came Back

August 20th, 2011 by Tim Grimley

It’s strange how things never seem to work out entirely as you anticipate. After my last tirade about the social inadequacy of the proletariat I was expecting to be the recipient of at least a smattering of bile and vitriol from the bus dwelling community, but it seems that in general the world agrees with me. Or at least it doesn’t find my viewpoint objectionable enough to justify a major counter-strike.

Instead the response from the select few of my acquaintances who happen to peruse my weekly ramblings was focussed on one specific sentence. The bit where I casually proclaimed my least favourite car of all time to be the Jaguar X-Type.

It turns out that along with Olympic whinging abilities and an inability to play expansive rugby; most Kiwis’ believe that a passionate devotion to all things Jag is a deep seated trait of those of us from the motherland. And they are absolutely correct.

Throughout its history, Jaguar has been about making truly great cars that have been accessible to the common man. Not too accessible of course, but not in the airy realms of fantasy that seem to be the reserve of other motoring exotica. If you worked hard in life and didn’t fritter too much of your life savings away on other frivolous wastes such as children, then at some point you would accrue enough coinage to join the big cat club of motoring pleasure.

But with the X-Type they took a sharp and unpleasant diversion from this tried and trusted theory and instead decided to make a truly great badge accessible to the common man. Although at this point I must point out that the X-Type was in no way a bad car. At its core was the Ford CD132 platform which was also used to produce the Mondeo; a dynamically excellent vehicle and one of my all time favourite rep-movers. Continue reading “The Cat Came Back” »

Updated 2012 Jaguar range and XKR-S coming to NZ

April 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar has introduced upgrades across its range of 2012 models at the recent New York Motor Show and the updated machines will be available in NZ by the end of the year.

The XF sports sedan has received powertrain updates to improve performance and economy. There is also a new interior look and exterior design. The XJ luxury sedan now has a Rear Seat Comfort package offering a limousine experience. The new 300km/h XKR-S now tops the XK range.

“Substantial changes and improvements have been made across the XF, XJ and XK ranges bringing performance, refinement and economy to new levels” says Paul Ricketts, Brand Manager of Jaguar New Zealand “While fresh design enhancements strengthen the appeal of Jaguar’s latest line-up.” said Mr Ricketts.

The XF, now receives new front and rear revisions to its appearance that bring it in line with the flagship XJ. The supercharged XFR features further unique design enhancements that signal the performance available in this range-topper. Continue reading “Updated 2012 Jaguar range and XKR-S coming to NZ” »

Jaguar XJ – aluminium body

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Engineers explain the reasoning for the Jaguar XF’s aluminium body

Jaguar driving technologies

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

A look into the technologies behind the Jaguar XF

All new Jaguar XJ – Ian Callum interview

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Ian Callum, the Design Director for Jaguar, speaking about the iconic new exterior of the All New XJ.

Land Rover set to increase production

August 11th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Range Rover Sport fq

It’s hard to know what’s really happening at Tata and Jaguar Land Rover at the moment. Sales for the Jaguar XF continue steadily and the XJ looks promising but the JLR division lost £673.4 million pounds last year, and parent company Tata was also deep in the red at the end of its 2008 fiscal year. With that in mind and a so-far unfulfilled quest for financing, Tata has been busy discussing the need to shed production workers.

Now, strangely a report says that due to “forecasts of strong demand” for the refreshed Land Rover Discover and Range Rover Sport, the Solihull plant will need to increase production. Workers who’ve been on shortened hours since the March will now go back to a five-day work week. That’s good news for the employees and hopefully for Tata.

Workers at Land Rover’s Halewood plant aren’t so lucky with the Freelander factory being shut down intermittently because of low demand.

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